Piano Devotions: Hymns & Sacred Songs in Classical Settings

Jose Luis Hernandez

Catalog #: TROY1892
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Format: Digital

As pianist Jose Luis Hernandez says, "This album can bring pure musical enjoyment and also spiritual nourishment to people. The tunes and lyrical texts in these pieces have stood the test of time. Some appear as early as the 8th century, others are more modern. The selections call attention to the many seasons of life — joy, wonder, hope, and grief " A graduate of Texas Christian University, Jose Luis Hernandez pursued post-graduate studies at the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona. He has appeared on chamber music festivals around the United States and Puerto Rico and appeared as a concerto soloist with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras in Venezuela and Mexico and is the founder of the music education and orchestral programs Sistema Tulsa and Juventud Sinfónica Tamaulipeca.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Regal Praise Marylinn Ham, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Blessed Assurance Fanny Crosby Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy Joseph Hart Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
It is Well with My Soul Horatio Spafford Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
A Spanish Rhapsody "All Creatures of Our God and King" William Draper Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Brethren We Have Met to Worship Wendy L. Stevens, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
The Child in Each of Us Marylinn Ham, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Praise Ye the Lord Ye Heavens, Adore Him Mary McDonald, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
There is a Balm in Gilead Emma Lou Diemer, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Go Tell It on the Mountain Emma Lou Diemer, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
O Holy Night Adolphe Adam Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Veni, Veni, Emmanuel Joel Raney, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Andante from Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528 Johann Sebastian Bach Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Shall We Gather at the River Robert Lowry Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
I Need Thee Every Hour Robert Lowry Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Be Thou My Vision Jonathan W. Lee, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)
Children of the Heavenly Father Jonathan W. Lee, arr. Jose Luis Hernandez (piano)


  • Hernandez has assembled a collection of flashy, but sincere piano arrangements of 17 sacred songs, mostly well known. They have a certain initial impression of improvisation, but closer listening reveals compositional structure and motivic variation. They have all been published, with the editions all noted in the wonderful program notes. Hernandez says these pieces move and uplift his spirit and can bring pure musical enjoyment and also spiritual nourishment to people. He regularly performs these and similar pieces in the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa. He has performance credits playing Rachmaninoff's Concerto 2 and international professional conducting engagements. The pieces here are very well played and recorded.

    – American Record Guide

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