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Peace Like a River (2004)

  • Language English
  • UPC Code 783027618822
  • Media Types CD; MP3; Digital Download

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  1. TracksTrack TitleTrack Time
  2. 01 Sweet Peace 2:31
    Music By
    English Folk Song
    Lyrics By
    David Warner
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Arrangement unpublished
  3. 02 Be Still, My Soul 4:52
    Music By
    Jean Sibelius
    Lyrics By
    Katharina von Schlegel; translated by Jane Borthwick
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  4. 03 Peace Like a River 4:31
    Music By
    African-American Spiritual
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  5. 04 All Things Bright and Beautiful 2:45
    Music By
    John Rutter
    Lyrics By
    Mrs. C. F. Alexander
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press/Hinshaw (ASCAP)/©1983 Oxford University Press
  6. 05 The Lord Is My Shepherd 4:33
    Music By
    Thomas Koschat
    Lyrics By
    James Montgomery
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2002 Oxford University Press
  7. 06 This Is My Father's World 3:24
    Music By
    Traditional English Melody adapted by Franklin L. Sheppard
    Lyrics By
    Maltbie D. Babcock
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  8. 07 Wayfarin' Stranger 4:12
    Music By
    American Folk Hymn
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford Universtiy Press
  9. 08 Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace 3:04
    Music By
    John Rutter
    Lyrics By
    St. Francis of Assisi
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press/Hinshaw (ASCAP)/©1980 Oxford University Press
  10. 09 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 3:25
    Music By
    African-American Spiritual
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    WB Music Corporation (ASCAP) o/b/o Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc./©1961 (Renewed) WB Music Corporation
  11. 10 Deep River 4:10
    Music By
    African-American Spiritual
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilber
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  12. 11 The Lamb 3:43
    Music By
    John Tavener
    Lyrics By
    William Blake
    Publisher
    G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Chester Music/©1982 J&W Chester/Edition Wilhelm Hansen London Ltd.
  13. 12 A Child's Prayer 3:55
    Music By
    Janice Kapp Perry
    Lyrics By
    Janice Kapp Perry
    Orchestration By
    Barlow Bradford
    Publisher
    Jackman Music Corporation/©1998, 1984 Jackman Music Corporation
  14. 13 It is Well with My Soul 5:06
    Music By
    Philip B. Bliss
    Lyrics By
    Horatio G. Spafford
    Arrangement By
    Michael Davis
    Publisher
    Arrangement unpublished
    Other
    Additional Lyrics: Michael Davis
  15. 14 Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep 3:55
    Music By
    Irving Berlin
    Lyrics By
    Irving Berlin
    Arrangement By
    Michael Davis
    Publisher
    Irving Berlin Music Co. c/o Williamson Music Company (ASCAP)/©1952 Irving Berlin Music Co. Arrangement upnpublished
  16. 15 A Gaelic Blessing 2:04
    Music By
    John Rutter
    Lyrics By
    Adapted from an old Gaelic rune
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press/Hinshaw (ASCAP)/©1978 Royal School of Church Music
  17. 16 Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends 5:01
    Music By
    English Folk Tune
    Lyrics By
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  18. 17 Come, Let Us Anew 5:07
    Music By
    attributed to James Lucas
    Lyrics By
    Charles Wesley
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press

Description

I will extend peace to her like a river...as one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you...and when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice..." Isaiah 66:12- 14

These words capture the essence of this recording. The imagery of a river--deep, abiding, constant, unchanging--has long been a symbol of the inner peace so frequently sought and, for many, so seldom found.

Selections have been chosen to create a feeling of peace and comfort in time of need--when a friend is sick, hearts are grieving, a loved one is far from home, or any time a quiet refuge is sought from the turmoil of the day.

"Peace Like a River" begins with the tolling of the Nauvoo bell--itself a symbol of hope and constancy amid change--which originally graced the Mormon temple on the Mississippi. Mormon pioneers brought this memory of their former home to the Salt Lake Valley, where today it faithfully chimes the hour on Temple Square.

Just as the toils and sorrows of life vary, so too does the meaning of hope and consolation. And so, the music spans a broad expanse of repertoire--from Sibelius's moving "Be Still, My Soul" to Irving Berlin's familiar "Count your Blessings Instead of Sheep" to the beloved spirituals "Deep River" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." Featured also are several arrangements by associate conductor Mack Wilberg, including "Come, Let Us Anew", "This Is My Father's World", and "Wayfarin' Stranger."

The recording closes as it begins, with the sounding of the Nauvoo bell, embodying the hope that those who listen may find the blessings spoken of by Isaiah: peace, comfort, and a heart that rejoices.