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Audio Review: the Book of Psalms Read by Michael York

by Peter Menkin  
1/20/2009 / Book Reviews

Michael York has a wonderful reading voice for the Psalms

In my imagination, I think that the Psalms read by Michael York
are read as if commissioned by King David. I can't say as if King David himself were reading
the Psalms, for that isn't as accurate as the former, for the reading is clearly one spoken with eloquence fit for any hearer, even King David. High praise, are those remarks, and this collection of The Psalms are worth such praise.

The style of the reading is clear, musical without musical background but punctuated by musical notes between readings. The imagination given by Michael York, and there is that high praise again for this reading of 150 Psalms, comes through for these are rich and moving readings that involve the listener. I have had a set of these tapes for many years, given one set as a gift only to discover that they are to be found only among the used category for sale. Sadly, there will be a time when the set may go out of print. This is my second set of this collection.

As a note of comparison, there is a collection of readings of the King James Version of the Bible's New Testament read by Gregory Peck. Like Mr. Peck, Mr. York has a distinct voice that shows he is a noteworthy voice of merit and offers an understanding of what he is reading, without getting in the way of the words or the text. To say that he is a man with a trained voice and excellent diction, like Mr. Gregory Peck, is to my way of thinking and listening accurate.

I have a number of "recorded" readings of Biblical material, including Gregory Peck, Sir Laurence Olivier, Alexander Scourby, and the out of print "The Bible" (the Old Testament in King James Version) read by numbers of actors with excellent voices. Michael York's reading of The Psalms is certainly a central part of my collection of such audio recordings, and his voice is as distinct and memorable as any, if not more so. Hear him say, "Selah," and you will know there is quality to both the recording and his interpretation.

For a complete, unabridged reading of the King James Version of The Psalms, one can be pleased to own and listen to this understandable and distinguished recording where Michael York reads memorably and so well these wonderful words of The Psalms.

Peter Menkin -- Pentecost

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.

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