Bernhard Herms - Softly & Tenderly

Tuesday 1st June 1999
Bernhard Herms - Softly & Tenderly
Bernhard Herms - Softly & Tenderly

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Brentwood 8306103432

Reviewed by Paul Obrey

I must admit the alarm bells did start ringing when I opened this package. Here we go again. "21 best-loved hymn melodies on solo piano," the sleeve said. "21 old hymn tunes played by a one-pawed badger on a Casio home keyboard with the auto-accompaniment switched on," I thought. And who is Bernhard Herms anyway? Well, I couldn't have been much more wrong. Bernhard is a young, very talented and respected pianist who has composed and plays excellent arrangements to some old tunes, such as "Be Still And Know" and "Abide With Me". You can actually feel the musicianship in the playing, although very simply with no other instruments involved, and it goes to make a very pleasing, relaxing and meditational soft sound. Why can't all instrumentals be like this, rather than lift music? In the words of The Fast Show - Mmmm, jazz. Nice.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. My Faith Looks Up To Thee [Listen]
2. My Jesus, I Love Thee - Abide With Me [Listen]
3. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross [Listen]
4. 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus - Our Great Saviour [Listen]
5. O Perfect Love [Listen]
6. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded - O Love That Will Not Let Me Go [Listen]
7. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee - The Lord's My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want [Listen]
8. Fairest Lord Jesus [Listen]
9. Be Still My Soul - Be Still And Know [Listen]
10. Room At The Cross - Draw Me Nearer - I Need Thee Every Hour [Listen]
11. Praise The Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him - Eternal Father, Strong To Save - It Is Well With My Soul [Listen]
12. Softly And Tenderly [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Geoffrey Marshall in Jamaica @ 22:00 on Jan 31 2008

I also would love to get an book of this album; it's the best arrangment of traditional hymns I've ever heard. If Issac Johnson can enquire on my behalf, feel free to email me at marshallgeoff at gmail.


Posted by Isaac Johnson in Denver, CO @ 04:53 on Sep 25 2007

Bernard Herms - My boy!!!! Bernie has been an amazing musician for as long as I've known him. When I first met him he was only but just engaged to Natalie Grant. Now married with twins...He has bloomed into a producer and arranger for several Christian and Secular artist. This boy knows his stuff, and even more than that...has the heart of the artist.

Posted by Joy Mays in Southwest Missouri @ 20:43 on Feb 6 2007

I absolutely LOVE this album. The arrangements of these familiar hymns just amazing. Does anyone know if he has published a book for this album? I'd love to have it.

Reply by sonia domenighi in Santos - São Paulo - Brasil @ 02:40 on Aug 4 2007

The arrangements of these famikliar hymns just amazing. Does anyone know if he has published a book for this album? I'd loved to have it.

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