Classic Hymns

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For this 2005 release, Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass have collected 12 hymns arranged for brass, percussion, and organ that either have been treated in various settings by famous composers, such as J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and Henry Purcell, among others; or derived from their works, as are the hymns adapted from Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" or Sibelius' "Finlandia," to name but two examples. The tone of this album is celebratory and the ensemble's sound is bright and grand: most of the tracks convey a festive atmosphere, and though a few numbers are somber and reflective, the dominant mood of the program is joyous. Lovers of music for brass ensemble may find ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For this 2005 release, Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass have collected 12 hymns arranged for brass, percussion, and organ that either have been treated in various settings by famous composers, such as J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and Henry Purcell, among others; or derived from their works, as are the hymns adapted from Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" or Sibelius' "Finlandia," to name but two examples. The tone of this album is celebratory and the ensemble's sound is bright and grand: most of the tracks convey a festive atmosphere, and though a few numbers are somber and reflective, the dominant mood of the program is joyous. Lovers of music for brass ensemble may find this album enjoyable for the polished performances, though having an appreciation for the variety of Christian hymns may make the experience more emotionally uplifting or spiritually satisfying. Zimmerman achieves a fine blend of the brass instruments, and through careful positioning takes full advantage of the reverberant acoustics of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, heavy use of the organ's reeds sometimes makes the instrument sound abrasive and at odds with the rounded timbres the King's Brass produces. However, this is a minor flaw that hardly spoils the overall effect, and the clean, resonant recording at floor level generally reduces the roughness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402428925
  • Catalog Number: 428
  • Sales rank: 377,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild," BWV 79 (BCA184): Now Thank We All Our God - Johannes Crüger & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:53)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  2. 2 Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Martin Luther & Felix Mendelssohn (9:44)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  3. 3 Voluntary on the 100th Psalm for organ in A major, Z. 721 - Henry Purcell & Louis Bourgeois (3:22)
    Composed byHenry Purcell
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  4. 4 Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63: Thine Is the Glory - George Frideric Handel & Benjamin Roundtree (6:33)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  5. 5 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & Benjamin Roundtree (8:30)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  6. 6 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): O Sacred Head, Now Wounded - Hans Leo Hassler & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:17)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  7. 7 At the River, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II) - Aaron Copland & Benjamin Roundtree (2:26)
    Composed byAaron Copland
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  8. 8 Symphony No. 3: The Camp Meeting, for orchestra, S. 3 (K. 1A3): O for a Thousand Tongues - Ives & Benjamin Roundtree (7:12)
    Composed byIves
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  9. 9 Nachtstück No. 4 (Rundgesang mit Solostimmen), for piano in F major, Op. 23/4 - Robert Schumann & Benjamin Roundtree (2:40)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  10. 10 Cantata No. 137, "Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren," BWV 137 (BC A124): Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - Johann Sebastian Bach & Benjamin Roundtree (4:36)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  11. 11 String Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76/3, H. 3/77: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken - Diane Bish & Franz Joseph Haydn (5:19)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
  12. 12 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee - Ludwig van Beethoven & Benjamin Roundtree (13:44)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
    Performed byBenjamin Roundtree, Tim Zimmerman, Lisa Nelson
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim Zimmerman Primary Artist
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