Adding to a musical library that already stretches beyond 35 albums, award-winning pianist, teacher and recording artist David Glen Hatch released a new compilation of hymns meant especially for the Sabbath day.
This latest work, “The Sabbath is a Delight,” features 12 well-loved hymns intended to stir the soul and inspire listeners as they celebrate the Sabbath day.
Hatch is a four-time Grammy nominee and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has performed across the globe. His previous albums touch on many kinds of music from classical to contemporary and everything in between.
But “The Sabbath is a Delight” didn’t start out as a recording project.
Originally commissioned by Alfred Music after receiving hundreds of phone calls requesting “Mormon piano music arrangements,” Hatch set to work creating a book of written hymn arrangements that was released last October, according to information provided with the album.
However, after receiving numerous calls and emails asking for a recording of the written works, Hatch decided to take on the project and give book buyers a feel for how the pieces should be interpreted.
Including the songs “We Thank Thee, O God, For a Prophet,” “Come, Follow Me,” “Amazing Grace,” “Hark, All Ye Nations,” “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, “Be Still, My Soul,” “Come, Come Ye Saints,” “Abide With Me, ‘Tis Eventide,” “The Spirit of God,” “God Be With You Till We Meet Again,” and medleys of “Praise to the Man” and “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” as well as “Ye Elders of Israel” and “Called to Serve” this album reaches into many tender corners of religious music.
Rolling arpeggios and dynamic swells tether themselves with simple melodies so that the grace of the hymn is not lost despite Hatch’s ornate and contemporary interpretation of each piece. The collection is a good musical accent to any Sabbath.
Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six children and lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.