Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Prayer adds a layer of spiritualism to the Windham Hill label's foundation of contemplation and relaxation. While it's almost exclusively instrumental, the compilation's mantle of talented players bring reverence through their performances. Steve Erquiaga's solo guitar interpretations of "Ave Maria" and the "23rd Psalm" are emotional pieces that seem to play joy off of yearning and pain. Windham fave Jim Brickman contributes a halting, lyrical version of "Holy, Holy, Holy" for solo piano, while Jeff Johnson and flutist Brian Dunning's "Be Thou My Vision" accesses the grandeur of the Celtic music tradition without losing sight of its myth and mystery. The material written ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Prayer adds a layer of spiritualism to the Windham Hill label's foundation of contemplation and relaxation. While it's almost exclusively instrumental, the compilation's mantle of talented players bring reverence through their performances. Steve Erquiaga's solo guitar interpretations of "Ave Maria" and the "23rd Psalm" are emotional pieces that seem to play joy off of yearning and pain. Windham fave Jim Brickman contributes a halting, lyrical version of "Holy, Holy, Holy" for solo piano, while Jeff Johnson and flutist Brian Dunning's "Be Thou My Vision" accesses the grandeur of the Celtic music tradition without losing sight of its myth and mystery. The material written exclusively for Prayer adopts a tasteful, meditative tone -- it's like the thoughtful, understated music played before a religious service begins. Suzanne Ciani's softly played piano piece "Go Gently" is aptly named, while harpist Deborah Henson-Conant's "Alisa's Prayer" is as technically beautiful as it is in melody and meaning. Prayer's greatest strength might be its openness to interpretation. While something like The Lord's Prayer can be specifically denominational, Paul McCandless' instrumental version here leaves specifics out of the equation, while at the same time establishing a base for prayer or meditation. The liner notes include reflections from the artists on their own motivations for contribution, as well as the words to universal tracks like "Ave Maria."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765434423
  • Catalog Number: 54344
  • Sales rank: 2,847

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Green French Horn
Suzanne Ciani Piano
Michael Manring Fretless Bass Guitar
Tim Story Synthesizer, Piano
Steve Erquiaga Guitar (Nylon String)
Deborah Henson-Conant celtic harp
Art Lande Piano
Philip Aaberg Piano
Phil Baker Electric Bass
Jim Brickman Piano
Kimberly Bryden English Horn, Oboe
Brian Dunning Flute, Accordion, Human Whistle
Tim Ellis Acoustic Guitar
Paul McCandless Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Keyboards
Martha Reikow Cello
Richard Schönerz Piano
Tracy Silverman Violin, Keyboards, Viola, Pattala
Thea Suits-Silverman Flute
Gregg Williams Percussion
John Fitzpatrick Violin
Rosalba Bentivoglio Vocals, Voices
Jeff Johnson Keyboards
Gregg Williams Percussion
Jeff Johnson Keyboards
Philip Baker Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Suzanne Ciani Composer, Producer
Tim Story Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Steve Erquiaga Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Deborah Henson-Conant Composer, Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Composer
Philip Aaberg Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Condit Atkinson Composer
Dawn Atkinson Producer
Jim Brickman Arranger, Producer
Brian Dunning Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Howard Johnston Engineer, Engineering
Paul McCandless Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tracy Silverman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Craig Silvey Engineering
Jonathan Wyner Engineer, Engineering
Arturo Zitelli Engineer, Engineering
Chris Bellman Mastering
Thea Suits-Silverman Arranger, Composer
Gregg Williams Engineer
Albert Hay Malotte Composer
Traditional Composer
Irish Traditional Band Composer
Tom Ameen Engineer, Engineering
Jeff Johnson Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Craig Slivey Engineer
Mickey Cashew Cover Photo
Gregg Williams Engineering
Jeff Johnson Producer, Engineering
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    Very moving and relaxing. When in need of quiet reflection this is a wonderful CD. Harmonious blending of woodwinds, strings and piano on track 1. Every track offers different musical instruments that are in perfect harmony.

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