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Simple Gifts: Christopher Parkening

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Performer: Christopher Parkening, Gordon Young
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Engelbert Humperdinck, Rowland Pritchard, Ronald Ravenscroft, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 4, 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Angel Digital
  • ASIN: B000002SJJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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