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Simple Gifts: Christopher Parkening

Christopher Parkening , Johann Sebastian Bach , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Engelbert Humperdinck , traditional , Gordon Young , John Rowland , Ronald Ravenscroft , John Hughes Audio CD
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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful recording 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite & Divine February 16, 2001
By Linda
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Guitarist Jim Greeninger - March 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a Search September 23, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, yet delightful, Gifts! February 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Recordings - Ever. March 3, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Classical Guitar CD May 27, 2011
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Christopher Parkening plays for the glory of God and like great musicians like Bach before him, the way he plays transcends the notes and sounds. It is what I would call "soulish transcendence." To hear Parkening play is to experience a taste of Heaven and to feel as though you have been in the presence of the God for whom he plays with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength. I can only hope that Christopher Parkening will continue to make beautiful music that feeds the soul and brings glory to God. SDG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parkening at his best
I admit it, I am a Parkening fan. Have always loved his playing and as a fellow Christian I love using his music during my devotions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard M. Provost
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure joy!
I really enjoy listening to Mr. Parkening's music. The solo guitar music lends such a peaceful feeling to the soothing music!
Published 11 months ago by Dakota Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Relaxing familiar Christian music that soothes the soul. Masterful guitar work. I gave it as a gift to my pastor.
Published on November 22, 2011 by Ok Ok I'll review it
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Relaxing Guitar
I always enjoy Parkening while driving. The songs are all familiar and relaxing, with a few that I have to replay a time or two before I can go on to the next song. Read more
Published on February 13, 2008 by C. Pestotnik
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Parkening's Finest
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. Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Mr. Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that perfectly touches the soul ...
Christopher Parkening is the most musically inventive person playing the classical guitar today; you must purchase this CD if you haven't already. Read more
Published on October 24, 2005 by A music critic
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
I'm not really a fan of classical (hence the 3 stars) but this was okay. It's good to have playing while you're doing something else. Read more
Published on August 1, 2000
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