The Psalms

The Psalms

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by Alex Jennings
     
 

The 150 Psalms contain some of the most inspiring lines in the Old Testament: Psalm 23 “The Lord is My Shepherd” and Psalm 121 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills”. Yet few know them as a set, and this recording, in Alex Jennings’ clear performance, allows us to consider them as a whole. They are not all uplifting and

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The 150 Psalms contain some of the most inspiring lines in the Old Testament: Psalm 23 “The Lord is My Shepherd” and Psalm 121 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills”. Yet few know them as a set, and this recording, in Alex Jennings’ clear performance, allows us to consider them as a whole. They are not all uplifting and comfortable. Many involve darker sentiments of revenge or punishment; many appear to be by David or about David; others are To the chief Musician upon Gittith. Their variety is part of their strength and their power, especially in the magisterial language of the King James Bible used here. They are presented with English choral music from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Library Journal
The Psalms are lovely-lyrical, wise, and life-affirming. The selections of English choral music from the 16th and 17th centuries are a gorgeous accompaniment to the language of King James's court. It's been assumed that King David wrote the psalms over the course of his lifetime. A gifted musician himself, he wrote, it is believed, some of these poems as lyrics to the chief musician of his kingdom/court, Gittith. As read by Alex Jennings, the works have transcended time and entered into the ages with grace. Trained as an actor at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre Company, Jennings has spent much of his career playing roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company. His control of tone, breath, and diction is wonderful, making this listening experience a pleasure. The production quality is excellent. The Psalms should be purchased by libraries with large audio collections and as interest warrants; a very good addition to Jewish, biblical, and religious collections.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789626343524
Publisher:
Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
Unabridged, 4 CDs, 5 hours
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.94(d)

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