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Beth Nielsen Chapman Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emergent
  • ASIN: B00064VQVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ave Verum Corpus
2. Veni Veni Emmanuel
3. Tantum Ergo
4. O Salutaris Hostia
5. Adoramus Te
6. O Sanctissima
7. Panis Angelicus
8. Salve Regina
9. Hymn To Mary
10. Oh God Of Loveliness
11. Dona Nobis Pacem
12. Ave Maria

Editorial Reviews

Following on from the success of the country album 'Look', Beth Nielsen Chapman returns with her latest project 'Hymns'. As Beth explains 'Aside from my voice, the other constant is the tone of these songs. The music is mostly relaxing, with an emphasis on celebrating each aspect of spiritual expression from all directions'. The album not only features well-known classics, others are written by Beth, and blend together to make for an absolutely beautiful sounding album...definitely a recording to cherish!

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Private Chapel November 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Hymns" is a gorgeous recording. Like Iris DeMent's "Lifeline," Chapman sings religious songs from her upbringing that are still meaningful today. Obviously, those of us who have been enthralled by Chapman's secular work have to know going into this CD that while "Hymns" still boasts her gorgeous voice and sterling musicianship, hearing a hymn sung in Latin is going to be quite a different musical experience than listening to "World of Hurt" from "Deeper Still." However, Chapman's work has always been imbued with a deeply-felt spirituality. Hearing "Veni Veni Emmanuel" with its soft chant-like melody and background chorus does give one a sense of reverence. "O Salutaris Hostia" is so lovely with its angelic chorus that one can almost visualize the elegant chorus ringing out in a chapel. Sometimes Chapman approaches the music solely in voice; oftentimes a quiet guitar backs the lovely melodies as on "O Sanctissima." "Salve Regina" has an angelic choir allowing this lovely melody to float joyfully. Two songs are in English including the original Chapman-penned "Hymn to Mary" with its gorgeous melody & lyric, "Lift my sorrows, deepening shadow, so that I may see your face." Chapman's composition fits seamlessly into this music much as Iris DeMent's own "He Reached Down" fit perfectly into the older hymns she did on "Lifeline." "O God of Loveliness" also has an English lyric with Beth's lovely alto. The set concludes with a wonderful rendering of "Ave Maria," the Schubert classic. "Hymns" is a gutsy statement of faith, dynamic and bold because it is so out of step with current popular music. It is excellently crafted. Let this disc play in the private chapel of your heart. Enjoy!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album for true singing December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is not your traditional album of a uniformed choir singing hymms per some definition of how songs should be sung. This is a beautiful album of letting the songs sing for themselves. The artist lets the songs lead the way and the words and songs are breathtaking. Awesome in their gentleness and sensitivity. I could listen to her voice forever. This is an album that will reach out and touch you and such that you will not forget. All albums should be so good. This hits your heart.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hymns; Beth Nielsen Chapman December 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I listened to an interview with Beth on NPR just the other day describing and playing cuts from her new CD, Hymns. I had to stop the car and pull over. I had never heard hymns like this sung in this heartfelt form. I cried. I couldn't help it. Stunningly beautiful. The ressurection of these pre-Vatican II Latin hymns (something unfamiliar to me) is sung in a rich, clean and beautiful form that I doubt was ever heard when 'popular' back then.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time January 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was listening to NPR one evening and heard the interview with Beth Chapman. I was delighted to hear the "old" songs of the Catholic Church presented in a contemporary, sophisticated, yet respectful manner. That night I immediately logged on to Amazon and ordered enough for my choir. They all enjoyed the music, and, knowing I've been trying to get them to sing more Latin at Mass, found the music accessible. As a church musician, I've grown weary of the watered-down Kum-Ba-Yah approach the Catholic Church has moved into. Perhaps more people will see that the "old" music is everlasting for a reason.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Contemplative December 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Beth Nielsen Chapman has produced an amazing album sung mostly in Latin representing the "top 40" hits of her catholic childhood home. She says she's found these songs to be "centering" as have I. The melodies are traditional medieval songs (except one composed by the artist) accompanied mostly by voice harmonies and an occasional accoustical instrument. The lack of overriding instruments really allows the beauty of the voices to shine.

Beth is very introspective and sings completely from the heart. It's a powerful but quiet album. Not meant to be listened to when a lot of distractions are around. This is an excellent album for savasana (yoga relaxation) or meditation. Wonderful Sabbath music. Two songs are in English, "Oh, God of Loveliness," A tune known to me as the "Crusaders Hymn" or "Beautiful Savior." These words, while different than what I'm familiar with, are also worthy of a magnificant old melody. Adoramus Te, and Veni, Veni, Emmanuel are masterpeices sung with strength and conviction.

Her Hymn to Mary was written while coping with breast cancer.

My only complaint (as one from the reform religious tradition) is that there are too many Marian songs. Her Hymn to Mary contains doctrine that am uncomfortable with so I skip it. Yet even then I am fascinated by the harmonies and quiet power of Sanctissima

and Ave Maria.

If you want a contemplative album that touches your heart this is it. A superb work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Simplicity March 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I spend a lot of my spare time in music stores listening when headphones allow to a wide variety of music: Broadway, rock, electronica, classical, jazz, fusion, folk, bluegrass, alt country, etc. A lot of the material I listen to is good, but little of it would I label "great" or really ear-catching, a stand-out among the song parade.

I've always suspected Chapman of being underrated. Her secular albums boast solid songwriting and expressive unaffected singing. "Sand and Water" is a ballad masterpiece which dares to speculate about death and the afterlife: "I will see you in the light of 1000 suns. I will hear you in the sound of the waves. I will know you when we come as we all must come through the doors beyond the grave."

Her transition to Catholic hymns was already smoothed by her frequent address of spiritual issues. Voice-centric, lush and simple, there's no weak song on this well-chosen collection. Chapman's alto has developed a rasp (which she softens by the end of a phrase); frankly I think this works in her favor. Like the work of poet-priest Gerard Manley Hopkins makes clear, there is often a struggle to achieve spiritual peace, a shouting at the Gate to be let in.

Listen to Chapman's "Hymns." It will swing open for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice, contemplative selections, and harmonic interpretation....
Lovely voice, contemplative selections, and harmonic interpretation. I listen to it each morning as I get ready for work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by From Where I Stand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
product was as advertised and very prompt delivery.
Published 1 month ago by joseph dessena
5.0 out of 5 stars How you impact a life
My Mom passed last summer. In the last weeks of her life she was in pain, bedridden. Every night we played this CD for her over and over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gemma Dubaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I love this CD! It's one of my favorites. Beth's voice is so soothing. I have bought this CD as gifts.
Published 4 months ago by Joan Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful CD!
This is a beautiful CD. Beth's voice is clear and very I inspirational. The sounds are traditional Catholic songs heard at Mass and other occasions.
Published 6 months ago by Dennis F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I rock my granddaughter to sleep to these songs. Clear, pure, prayerful renditions. Her "O Sanctissima" is magnificent. Highly recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Timothy Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I had a copy of hymns for years and I wanted to give a copy to a friend as a gift. She also loved it. Thanks
Published 11 months ago by Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time around!
This is my second time to purchase this CD. I love mine so much that I bought another as a gift.
Published 12 months ago by Shirley A. Blomgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Required listening
Love Beth Nielsen Chapmans voice. She covers hymns (in latin, of course) that will raise goose bumps on the back of your neck. Read more
Published 13 months ago by OldOkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and easy to decipher the words
I wanted my children to start learning the words of common Latin hymns, but everything I came across seemed to be a choral arrangement and way too difficult to hear the words and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah F. Hodges
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