Joel Rosenberger | Hymn Journeys: Contemporary Piano Interpretations

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Hymn Journeys: Contemporary Piano Interpretations

by Joel Rosenberger

Original, artistic piano interpretations of hymns that predate your earliest memory; played with the exceptional sensitivity that these old melodies deserve. Be Thou My Vision. God Be With You till We Meet Again. Abide with Me. 19 in all.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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1. Be Thou My Vision (Piano, Cello Version)
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2. And Can It Be
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3. Face to Face With Christ My Savior
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4. Abide With Me
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5. Wayfaring Stranger
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6. Angels in the Snow
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7. He Leadeth Me
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8. Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus
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9. Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
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10. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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11. How Firm a Foundation
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12. Ancient Battlefield At Peace
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13. Channels Only
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14. For the Beauty of the Earth
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15. Meadow Rain
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16. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent
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17. The Water Is Wide
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18. God Be With You Till We Meet Again
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19. The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Joel Rosenberger creates quiet music, featuring extensive use of the piano, and suitable for contemplation, meditation, and times of devotion.

His music is quiet. You would probably fall asleep during his concert. And it's probably not advisable to listen while operating heavy machinery.

Oh yes, and he plays hymns. Constantly. Songs that predate your earliest memory. Your grandmother probably sang these songs in the kitchen. But although Joel performs these hymns in a way that is comfortably familiar, like an old friend, they are still somehow, different.

Because he likes to improvise and invent, borrowing techniques and harmonies from classical, roots, folk, and jazz. His style at the piano is poetic, almost philosophical. Like he's dreaming up new ways to express the melody and harmonies of each piece, in real time. And he probably is. Many of his performances are completely unique for that reason.

So if you don't need to stay awake for some reason, listen to music that is born from and made for contemplation. Check out the countermelody in Be Thou My Vision. The sustained, ambient tones of Angels in the Snow and Ancient Battlefield, at Peace. The climax of God Be With You Till We Meet Again. The soaring clarinet in The Day Thou Gavest Lord has Ended.

Joel Rosenberger performs sensitive, intimate solo piano arrangements suitable for worship, contemplation, or sheer enjoyment.

As a child, Joel taught himself to play the family upright, eventually creating his own arrangements of hymns and popular songs, by ear. In 2005, with no real formal training (he took piano lessons for two semesters in college), and armed with a small, 72-key electronic keyboard, he began releasing his music in 2005 as a series of podcasts. Hymns, of course. He had been improvising and arranging these old melodies for years. Then the e-mail started arriving... from around the world... kind words, requests for sheet music and CDs, permission to use his work.

Several years and several projects later, Joel continues to compose, arrange, produce, and transcribe his own unique style of piano music. His curious nature drives him to refine and improve. And he still loves to get mail.


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clarence sexton

great
Really enjoying this project...fully recommend it

Ed Hassertt

Truly Inspirational
Joel provides new yet faithful interpretations of songs that have inspired the Christianm soul for many years. They are new in a way that is not pretentious and which does not cloud the beauty of the originals. Joel does what few artists are able to do, infuse his own spirit into traditional songs without compromising the integrity of either. This is one album every Christian should have in their library.

Christa Mason

Love this album, Joel! It is my new favorite.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves hymns. Joel's unique touch on the keys brings new life into old favorites. I think the CD makes a great gift as well for family and friends. Thanks so much, Joel, for bringing the gift God's given you to our ears. :) - c

Regina Tassell

Wonderful!
Joel's music is truly uplifting. It helps to calm your soul and spirit and points you to Christ at the same time. Thank you, Joel, for recording these wonderful old hymns.