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listen  1. Cantata No. 29: We Thank Thee, Lord, We Thank Thee 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Our Great Saviour 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. God Of Grace And God Of Glory 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Three Spirituals: Bretheren, We Have Met To Worship 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Three Spirituals: Deep River 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Three Spirituals: Jesus, We Want To Meet 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hansel And Gretel: Evening Prayer (from Hansel and Gretel) 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Hymn Of Christian Joy 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Simple Gifts 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Three Hymns: Fairest Lord Jesus 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Three Hymns: Stir Thy Church, O God Our Father 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Three Hymns: All Creatures Of Our God And King 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Austrian Hymn From Haydn's Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3: Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Solemn Vespers K339: Praise Ye The Lord - Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers K339) 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: traditional, Gordon Young, John Rowland, Ronald Ravenscroft, John Hughes
  • Composer: Christopher Parkening, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SJJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really enjoy listening to Mr. Parkening's music.
Dakota Phillips
I can only hope that Christopher Parkening will continue to make beautiful music that feeds the soul and brings glory to God.
David P. Craig
Mr. Parkening plays every song on it with remarkable technical excellence and clearly discernible passion.
T Skinner

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Marshall on November 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite CD's for setting a mood of peace and joy. It's pure solo guitar, beautifully played. A mix of classical, spiritual and hymnal music that shares a Christian theme. For anyone with a Christian background (and positive associations with it), this CD is a sure winner. For others it might lack some of the glow, but it's still lovely peaceful music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 16, 2001
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This treasure chest holds such jewels! The cd rushes in with the joyous energy of Bach's Praludium, allows you to reflect and catch your breath on Pritchard's Hyfrydol and Variation, and flows forward with the grace and underlying passion that makes this a precious favorite.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Greeninger on March 13, 2000
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This is my favorite recording by Chris. It is easy to listen to this CD and understand it was truly a labor of love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Harrington on September 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Classsical guitar is among the top forms of music and Christopher Parkeniong is one of the greatestartists in this genre, if not the best. I had despaired at ever findinding the CD "Simple Pleasures" and was so very pleased to locate it . I am so enjoying it now. I will be back for more as funds permit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T Skinner on February 21, 2005
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This was one of the first CD's I purchased back in 1988, and I bought it on a whim. Of the hundreds of CD's I now own, including many genres, this one remains in my list of top 10 favorites for a number of reasons.

1. Mr. Parkening plays every song on it with remarkable technical excellence and clearly discernible passion.
2. It includes classical, folksy, and reflective material, which could create a rough flow, but Mr. Parkening moves deftly from mood to mood leaving the listener with a sense of seamless transitions.
3. Although the songs on it are all religious classics they are played without pretense, which makes it accessible to any listener and uplifting for those seeking spiritual refreshment.

In closing, there is only one thing "wrong" with this CD - it's too short!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A music critic on October 24, 2005
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Christopher Parkening is the most musically inventive person playing the classical guitar today; you must purchase this CD if you haven't already. It contains exquisitely beautiful hymns & sacred music (arranged perfectly for guitar, I might add) along with Mr. Parkenings masterful transcriptions of works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Humperdinck.

Above all, this is music that glorifies God and that was the ultimate purpose of creating this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steve on January 15, 2007
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A beautiful and contemplative solo guitar recording of hymns, spirituals and other sacred works such as Mozart's Laudate Dominum and Humperdinck's Evening Prayer. Parkening is in exceptional form, the transcriptions are superb, and the recording itself is of the highest quality. Little wonder this has been an enduring classic since its release in the early 1980s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connor L. on March 3, 2013
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It would be hard for me to make a list of "desert island" recordings, but any list of any size would absolutely include this recording. Parkening, having retired eight years earlier, had since dedicated his life to Christ and re-emerged with a new drive and purpose. The sense of joy is apparent immediately in the opening Bach Cantata (which, by the way, is the same music as the prelude to the Third Violin Partita/Fourth Lute Suite), which is taken at a fairly quick clip and sounds effortless yet sincere. That sense of joy is also apparent in "God of Grace" and "Hymn of Christian Joy" as well as a light, almost dancelike take on the spiritual "Jesus, We Want to Meet", but the majority of the album is given to rich, quiet renditions of various hymns. These pieces are exercises in deceptive simplicity and utter beauty. It seems almost unheard of in the classical world to proclimate one's faith through an album or program, but Parkening has answered his Creator's call and left guitarists and listeners this gem in the process.
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