Thursday Thirteen: Favorite CDs

For this weeks Thursday Thirteen, I thought I’d make a list of favorite CDs. But since I have many more than thirteen, I’m going to cheat stretch the rules just a tad and group some of them by genre, artist, or publisher:

1. Anthems by Brad Wilson. There are several songs I love there, but the new arrangement of “The Old Rugged Cross” brought me to tears the first several times I heard it. Brad has a wonderful voice both in its sound and its expressiveness. I hope he makes more recordings!

2. The Paillard Chamber Orchestra’s version of Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel is one of my all-time favorites ever. My husband gave this album to me when we were dating, and we’ve gotten the CD version since. I have this piece in various forms (piano, brass, orchestra), and this is my favorite. The rest of the CD is nice, too. 🙂

3. Movie soundtracks: Sense and Sensibility (this is particularly soothing. I love to put it on when I’m feeling a little frayed around the edges. I have to admit I like the vocals in the film better than on the CD, though) and The Man From Snowy River.

4. The King’s Singers: Chanson d’amour (a collection of various types of loves songs. I particularly like “She’s Like the Swallow,” “Who Is Sylvia?” and “Down With Love”); Annie Laurie: Folksongs of the British Isles (particularly “Annie Laurie,” “Sally Gardens,” and “Mairi’s Wedding); and Watching the White Wheat: Folk Songs of the British Isles, (particularly “O Waly, Waly” [also known as “The Water is Wide.” The opening cello part is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard], “The Star of the County Down,” and “O my love is a red, red rose”).

5. The Irish Tenors. I think I like the first CD best, particularly “The Old Man,” “Grace,” and “Red Is the Rose.”

6. I don’t know what genre the Eine Kleine Kaffemusik CDs by the Mulfinger siblings is: I think maybe it is a new genre of its own. 🙂 I like all of them, but especially the first one — maybe because I’ve listened to it the most. Favorite pieces there: “Piano Ambleside” and “October.”

7. Kelly Yost’s piano recordings: Quiet Colors (love all of this, but especially “Anne’s Theme” from Anne of Green Gables) and Piano Reflections (Pachelbel’s Canon, “Jennifer’s Song,” “The Swan”).

8. Guitar CDs: Simple Gifts by Christopher Parkening; Cantate Domino by Brian Pinner; Sun of My Soul by Brian Pinner and David Chapman; Hear My Prayer by Matthew Burtner.

9. Most of the Steve Petit Evangelistic team’s CDs: If Eyes Could See (“O Wondrous Love,” “Coming Home,” “Doxology,” “Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting”); Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (title song, “I Know a Fount,” “How Can I Keep From Singing,” “How Deep the Father’s Love,” “Psalm 61”); O Love Divine; Weep No More; Higher Ground; Let Christ Be Lifted Up.

10. The Herbster brother’s CDs Be Strong in the Lord and Show Thyself Strong.

11. Many of the Sacred Music Services CDs, but especially Worship the King, Get On Board (old spirituals — magnificently done), and the Christmas CD King of Glory.

12. Many of the CDs from The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center, but especially To the Praise of His Glory by Mary Lynn Van Gelderen (especially “Prayer of Consecration”) and His Way Is Perfect by Sherie Trainer, and Proclaim His Name by Tim Fisher and Mac Lynch.

13. Last, but not least — in fact, these are some of my favorite favorites 🙂 — Soundforth’s CDs: A Quiet Heart (“Before the Throne of God Above,” “I Could Not Do Without Thee,” “In My Weakness,” “We Are Not Alone” [the last one took some getting used to — it’s a little unusual for Soundforth, I think. But it grew on me. ]); A Strong Tower (“How Deep the Father’s Love For Us,” “My Father’s Love,” “Bow the Knee”); More Like You, Lord (“Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?” “Thyself In Me”); Faithful I Will Be (“Grace,” “I Gave My Life For Thee.”); and Refuge (“Refuge,” “While He Is Near,” “By the Gentle Waters”).

Whew! And that’s not even mentioning Majesty Music or other classical pieces like Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

12 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen: Favorite CDs

  1. Great suggestions! I will have to come back to your site again and remember to look up and listen to those CD’s. I do know that I like the Irish Tenors.

    Have a great Thursday! 🙂

  2. wow sounds like i’ve got some new cd’s to look into. I love finding out what types of music other ppl listen too. Everyone has such different tastes

  3. I’m a first time visitor to your blog – I’ve only been bloggingfor about 3 weeks! Your blog and your list are both lovely and so is your taste in music! Stop by my new blog when you’re in the neighborhood.

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