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Hymns

Beth Nielsen Chapman Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can almost smell the incense. December 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joni Mitchell sang "Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you got till it's gone." That is what occurred to me when I listened to this disc. Sometime after Vatican II these classic melodies were shelved in favor of music that was considered more... accessible. The beauty of these hymns is timeless and sung by the bell-like voice of Beth Nielsen Chapman evokes a time when the Catholic Church and its rituals held a sense of mystery and awe.

Additionally, Chapman contributes a new song of her own, "Hymn to Mary" that is so beautiful and reverent that one might conclude she was born a few centuries too late.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Contemplative December 19, 2004
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 19 days 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 1 month 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 8 months ago by Sarah F. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Hymns by Beth Nielson Chapman
Anytime I give a birthday present, this CD is my first choice. Beautiful voice and lyrics...very meditative , calming and soothing.
Published 14 months ago by liz petty
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty
It did not reach me in a way other things do. I was hit or miss for me although it was not bad
Published 15 months ago by infratonic groupie
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a chance on an unknown, really enjoy it
A nice little surprise bought to make the $25 minimum for free shipping. Rich vocals, subtle and sensitive guitar accompaniments. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jonathan A. Kanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful & Traditionally Catholic - Christian
I was very pleased with the outstanding job done by Beth Nielsen Chapman on "Hymns". Beautifully done traditional Catholic songs that are increasingly difficult to find on any... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maestro
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