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Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers - 2DVD and CD set

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 Contents - Nov 2007AD2000 November 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: East Timorese to attend World Youth Day - Michael Gilchrist
Democracy: Religious leaders must have freedom to speak - Cardinal George Pell
Australia's Missionaries of God's Love congregation continues to grow - Mary Pidcock
News: The Church Around The World
Liturgical Abuse: Trinitarian language lost in Brisbane Scriptures - Michael Apthorp
Ora et labora: How monastic hospitality can strengthen one's faith - Br Barry Coldrey CFC
Latin is still the universal language of Liturgy - Bishop Arthur Serratelli
World Youth Day: Wagga Wagga priest's 'fly-a-thon' project to aid East Timor
Architecture: How a Sydney parish church was restored - John O'Brien
Poetry: A poem on the priesthood - Among the Apostles - John O'Neill
Letters: Bishop Robinson - Eric Carman
Letters: Teachings rejected by Bishop Robinson - Kevin McManus
Letters: Modern saints and traditional liturgy - Seamus Mahady
Letters: Petition
Letters: True Church? - John Frey
Letters: Clerical attire - Fr G.H. Duggan
Letters: Infallibility - Jerome Gonzalez
Prayer: John Paul II and the Rosary - Fr. M. Durham
Books: Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating: essential reading in apologetics - Valerie Renkema (reviewer)
Books: ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN by Dale O'Leary - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Internet 'Singing Catechism': catechesis for the 21st century - Fr James Tierney
Music: Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers - 2DVD and CD set - Peter Donald (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on Sunday Mass: 'not a command, but an inner necessity' - Pope Benedict XVI

(ABC, 2007, DVDs/CD, $34.95. Available from Freedom Publishing)

Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers is a Special Edition boxed set containing a wealth of programs from the TV series Hymns of the Forefathers Series I and II presented by one of Australia's favourite classical music presenters, Christopher Lawrence.

The set comprises two DVD discs and a bonus 14 hymn CD of the orchestral and choral soundtrack from the series Hymns of the Forefathers.

The first disc contains six half hour episodes including some of the most powerful and emotive hymns ever written. Amazing Grace, Abide With Me, How Great Thou Art, O God Our Help In Ages Past and Nearer My God To Thee are included in the selection - all genuine classics of English Christianity.

The second disc features a documentary, introduced and narrated by Lawrence, starting on the Sydney foreshore and then moving to the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, where Oxford University began. The architectural journey includes St Paul's, Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals, Westminster and Bath Abbeys and the ruins of the magnificent Tintern Abbey, interspersed with lesser known churches and glimpses of London and the English and Welsh countryside. Beauty provides major inspiration for the writing of sublime music.

The discs provide a fascinating exploration of England's religious music heritage from the 18th and 19th centuries and enable the listener to discover the histories of some of the world's most loved and influential sacred music.

Biographies of composers and lyricists are interwoven with little known stories behind their creation. For example, the redemption of the 18th century slave-trader, John Newton, inspired two significant outcomes: the abolition of slavery by the English Parliament in 1807, achieved by Newton's friend, William Wilberforce, and the text for one of the world's most famous hymns, Amazing Grace.

Australian composer and conductor, Paul Terracini, has written magnificent full-scale orchestral arrangements for the hymns in the style of the Romantic composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Backed by the superb Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Vox Ecclesia Chorus, this is a powerful combination guaranteed to keep listeners awake.

Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers will be enjoyed by those with an interest in fine classical music and church history and architecture, with the added attraction of superb British country scenery.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 10 (November 2007), p. 18

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