In honor of Christmas, I’m featuring one of the most brilliant classical guitarists ever to pick up the instrument. Christopher Parkening was a student of the late Andres Segovia and carries on his legacy magnificently. As a Christian, Chris plays in the tradition of J.S. Bach who said, “The aim and final reason of all music is none else but the glory of God.” Bach signed many of his compositions with the initials S.D.G., which stands for Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone the glory). I’ve included several pieces by Bach as well as several Christian Hymns from Chris’ repertoire, including a live performance of Bach’s magnificent Cantata #29, also known as “We Thank Thee Lord.” Chris is one of the few guitarists that plays it at the intended tempo and it is one of the most beautiful pieces for classical guitar. I hope you enjoy his music. Have a Merry Christmas!
Bach’s Cantata #29: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-zoGGJcWXM&feature=related
Prelude #1 by Bach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11iQ-xbjbnQ
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KHk_JNVpvw&feature=related
Fairest Lord Jesus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs1STvDBV0A&feature=related
Ave Maria with Kathleen Battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0o9ku8yw4U&feature=related
Deep River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugOS443Mwus
Evening Prayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iYwLIotM_c&feature=related
Spanish Dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpW-_ixWEk&feature=related
Miller’s Dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t1EwVgJRrM&feature=related
Capriol Suite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTD_xyT_eI
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