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The Hymns Project by Jonathan Veira was published by Essential Christian in November 2017 and is our 4109th best seller. The ISBN for The Hymns Project is 5021776227731.
Receiving one of Jonathan?s albums always brings a smile to my face. Because, as soon as I hear his voice, it?s like being in the company of a good friend. Strong, powerful, and sometimes gentle, the vocal prowess of the man is inspirational. On this new release, he breathes new life into 12 much-loved hymns, with melodies old and new. ?To God Be The Glory? is the first track, complete with excellent sounds of the accordion and mandolin. I really liked the Celtic theme given to ?I Wil Sing the Wondrous Story.? Its melody skips along and certainly adds something special to this classic hymn. One of my favourite hymns, ?O For a Thousand Tongues? gets a full makeover, and the result is unrecognizable from the tune we?ve come to love over the years. Still, it works! ?O Love That Will Not Let Me Go? and ?I Stand, Amazed? show both the aforementioned power and gentleness of Jonathan?s voice. It?s a voice that never ceases to draw me in both musically and in worship, and makes this such an enjoyable album. Space in this review doesn?t allow me to wax lyrical about every track but honourable mentions must go to simple piano backing on ?Just As I Am? and the splendid choir on ?Love Divine.? Sit back, close your eyes, and let this recording just flow right over you. You won?t be disappointed. 10/10
When Cross Rhythms spoke to the veteran soloist, music teacher and occasional operatic performer about this album earlier this year, he was at pains to explain the vision behind the project. He said, "It is a revitalising of old tunes that some of us may know from our past (eg, 'All To Jesus', 'I Stand Amazed', 'I Will Sing The Wondrous Story') and the writing of new melodies to old lyrics (eg, 'To God Be The Glory', 'And Can It Be', 'Love Divine')." It works marvellously well and Jonathan's rich tones bring the poetry and eloquence of these hymnbook evergreens to life. Co-producer Mark Edwards brings in some delightful and, at times, unexpected accompaniments (a dobro here and an accordion there) while the choir, recorded at St Saviour's Church in Guildford, give just the right support to Jonathan's uplifting interpretations. There is the occasional relatively modern song like David J Evans' "Be Still" though in the main it's the glories of past masters like Wesley, Matheson and Gabriel which are given the Veira/Edwards treatment. And very stirring they are too.
Hello. I'm wondering if there is sheet music available for the tracks on this album, especially I Surrender All. If not, do you know who the arranger is for the tracks on the album? It's such a great album, I would love to learn to play it on the piano. Specifically these arrangements. This would be for personal use and not for use in my church or publically unless I get permission from you. I sincerely appreciate your assistance. Many blessings, Paul
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|Author / Artist||Jonathan Veira|
|Publisher||Essential Christian (November 2017)|
|Page last updated||21st May 2018|