Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection

Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection

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Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765434423
catalogNumber: 54344
Rank: 8920

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
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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Prayer: A Windham Hill Collection 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
cmkd More than 1 year ago
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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