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David Klinkenberg: Legacy…Hymns of Our Heritage
Artist: David Klinkenberg (violin)
Vocals: David Klinkenberg, Kristy Starling and Josh Daugherty
Ringing Rock Recordings 37101-38978-5 (2007)
11 Tracks
Running Time: 36 minutes
David Klinkenberg hails from the Pacific Northwest and is currently on tour opening for Jim Brinkman. Klinkenberg looks remarkably like the actor Rob Morrow from television’s “Numbers.“  David’s  first album, “The Carol of Emmanuel” came out in 2006 and was a hit through Family Christian Stores. His current album, Legacy…Hymns of Our Heritage is released through them, also.
Klinkenberg was going to be a lawyer, but life does has its detours and he has been playing violin ever since. David’s style is reminiscent of Joshua Bell, in that both have the ability to embellish a melody while producing a rich tone. I wonder what violin David Klinkenberg plays? That is not noted in the album’s program notes.
“LegacyHymns oof Our Heritage” has eleven tracks containing old favorites such as “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Amazing Grace.” Stand-outs on the album are “Holy, Holy, Holy” (also known as “Nicaea”), which has an eloquent introduction. “Be Thou My Vision” is Celtic in flavor with embellishments enhancing the melody. Penny whistle by Nathan Allen Pinard is a definite plus. “Be Thou Near To Me” with Kristy Starling shows that Klinkenberg has a singing voice, too, and pronounces words well. 
“Ave Maria” by Gounod has Klinkenberg partnering with Steve Sundholm for a duet that has timely entrances and exits. “A Mighty Fortress” (written by Martin Luther and also known as “Ein feste Burg”) definitely is shown in a contemporary light with a bit of bluegrass. You have to listen for the melody, but it is there. “Fairest Lord Jesus” (also known as “Schonster Herr Jesu”) {note: put an umlaut over the “o” in Schonster}has a singing tone that enhances the arrangement by Sundholm. The old favorite, “The Old Rugged Cross,” is performed structured, not maudlin and with momentum. A feat not easily accomplished.
It seems as though every inspirational album out has “Amazing Grace” on it, but Klinkenberg’s version is a melancholy violin solo that lingers long after the album has finished. It’s like watching a sunset when the sun dips below the horizon and the last rays are still in the clouds. A warm feeling.
Copyright 2007 Marie Asner
Submitted 11/11/07


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