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  • Composer: Timothy Swan, William Tans'ur, Jeremiah Ingalls, Peter Abelard, Nehemiah Shumway, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000028TXS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Timothy Swan: Rainbow: 'Tis By Thy Strength The Mountains Stand'
2. William Tans'ur: Colchester: 'O 'twas a joyful sound to hear'
3. Jeremiah Ingalls: The Apple Tree
4. Peter Abelard: 0 quanta qualia
5. Nehemiah Shumway: Schenectady: 'From All That Dwell Below The Skies'
6. William Billings: Thanksgiving Anthem: 'O Praise The Lord Of Heaven'
7. William Billings: Brigg Fair (Harp Solo), Traditional
8. Thomas Tallis: Audivi vocem
9. John Cage: The Year Begins to Be Ripe
10. Benedicamus Domino
11. William Billings: Jordan: 'There Is A Land Of Pure Delight'
12. Abram Wood: Worcester: 'How Beauteous Are Their Feet'
13. Thomas Tallis: Benedictus
14. Peter Abelard: Epithalamica
15. It was summer now
16. The Keel Row II (harp solo) Howard Skempton
17. Give good gifts one to another
18. William Billings: Chester: 'Let The Tyrants Shake Their Iron Rod'
19. Elisha West: Evening Hymn: 'The Day Is Past And Gone'

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 12-NOV-2002

An album celebrating harvest's end, Home to Thanksgiving is a harvest itself, selected from nearly a dozen Hillier CDs. The only thing that suffered as the result of Paul Hillier's separation from the Hilliard Ensemble was his albums' graphic design. By leaving Hilliard, the men's vocal group he'd helmed, Hillier abandoned the elegant packaging afforded him by ECM Records. On ECM, his penchant for plainchant was matched by stark photography, lending a steady visual horizon while his group darted maverickly between liturgical music and Arvo Pärt's minimalism.

Somehow at Harmonia Mundi, a new Hillier collection calls for a Currier and Ives painting. So be it. Hillier listeners understand that no marketing feat can fill the gaps that punctuate the 12th-century "O quanta qualia"; only a faith in his distinct musical agenda (or, perhaps, His) can bridge such pauses. There is communal cheer ("The Apple Tree," dating from the Revolution, has a catchy chorus), but it's tempered by introversion. Secular Puritan John Cage shows up, having set lyrics by Thoreau. That follows a 16th-century snippet of Thomas Tallis, and is followed itself by a 12th-century piece that attenuates 13 syllables of benediction for over four minutes. Currier and Ives may greet listeners at the cabin door, but Hillier waits inside with a sermon straight out of Jonathan Edwards. --Marc Weidenbaum

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Clark on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of music for thanksgiving - not just for the holiday, but for everyday. From the energetic opening, "Tis By Thy Strength The Mountains Stand", to the haunting "Evening Hymn" at close, this music is pure joy to listen to. The styles are quite varied and cover everything from plainchant to a somewhat modern take on Thoreau, and it is all very well performed. It is music that sends the soul soaring in thanksgiving to God.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Benson on September 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Paul Hillier takes a global--or at least Western European/North American--view of Thanksgiving in this eclectic program of primarily vocal music from medieval to modern times. Rather than a compilation of American tunes associated with the Thanksgiving holiday (as you might suspect from the Currier & Ives front cover), Hillier's program is centered on the long history of giving thanks to God, whether it was 12th century French monks or an 18th century New England church congregation. The selections are taken from more than a dozen previous Harmonia Mundi recordings that, if nothing else, serve as a nice introduction to Hillier's excellent and unusually varied body of work. Included are performances by Theatre of Voices, His Majestie's Clerkes, harpist Andrew Lawrence-King, and a number of vocal soloists. Among the highlights are chants by Peter Abelard, motets by Thomas Tallis, several early American hymns, a rousing version of Jeremiah Ingalls' "The Apple Tree", and Hillier himself in a gentle, thoughtful rendition of John Cage's "The Year Begins to Be Ripe" from Litany for the Whale." --David Vernier,[...]
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