Grace Like a River

Grace Like a River

by Christopher Parkening
     
 
A companion CD to his inspirational autobiography of the same title, Christopher Parkening's Grace Like a River is a 12-track survey that skims over his career from 1963 to 2006. Any disc of excerpts covering four decades of recordings is bound to leave an incomplete impression of an artist, but one assumes the book fills in the gaps left by this routine

Overview

A companion CD to his inspirational autobiography of the same title, Christopher Parkening's Grace Like a River is a 12-track survey that skims over his career from 1963 to 2006. Any disc of excerpts covering four decades of recordings is bound to leave an incomplete impression of an artist, but one assumes the book fills in the gaps left by this routine compilation. Overall, Parkening's playing is technically polished and elegant, though often bland in expression, and frequently marred by his labored humming; as usual, it is a mixed bag of good and bad things with this guitarist, and his fans will already know what to expect and excuse. But this compilation of greatest hits, drawn from seven of Parkening's most popular albums, is plainly aimed at buyers of the book, presumed to be the newest of newcomers who don't already have Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," the "Chaconne in D minor," or the Adagio from Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" on a guitar album. The rest of the program consists of less familiar pieces, so there are some intriguing discoveries for novices among the solo pieces by Albéniz, Tárrega, Villa-Lobos, Ravel, and Ponce. But guitar aficionados are unlikely to find this sampler especially interesting, and Parkening's admirers probably have all the recordings anyway, except for the exclusive release of Parkening's live performance of the "Ritmico e cavalleresco" from Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Guitar Concerto No. 1." As might be imagined in such a broad collection, EMI's sound ranges from the merely adequate on the live track to sumptuous in the selection from Elmer Bernstein's "Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0094635641820
catalogNumber:
56418
Rank:
79455

Tracks

  1. Koyunbaba, suite for guitar, Op. 19: Moderato and Presto  - Carlo Domeniconi  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  2. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  3. Recuerdos de viaje, pieces (7) for piano, Op. 71, B. 18: Rumores de la Caleta  - Isaac Albéniz  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  4. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  - Francisco Tárrega  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  5. Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Andrew Litton  - Christopher Parkening  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  6. Work(s): Etude  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  7. Romance  -  Anonymous  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  8. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra): Empress of the Pagodas  - Maurice Ravel  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  9. Preambulo & Allegro  - Manuel Ponce  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  10. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  11. Guitar Concerto ("For Two Christophers"): 2. Reflections  - Elmer Bernstein  - Elmer Bernstein  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Christopher Parkening  - Jessica Novod Berenblat
  12. Concerto for guitar & orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 99: 3. Ritmico e cavalleresco  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Christopher Parkening  - Kenneth Klein  - Jessica Novod Berenblat  -  Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra

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