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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Praise Gospel and Soul Choirs at Mt. Zion First Baptist in Cartersville, GA (flickr)

Today, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with choral music that celebrates struggle and liberation from oppression.

We hear Handel’s take on the Exodus story, spirituals that echoed through the Civil Rights era, and music from the Eastern Bloc as it emerged from Soviet rule.

All of today’s selections affirm that singing in a chorus can be one of the ultimate expressions of freedom. We join together, lift our voices and out comes music, far greater than anything any one of us could make alone.

 

Playlist

Traditional: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Fannie Lou Hamer, Soloist

(from Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 SFW 40084, 1997, recorded fall 1963, Greenwood, Mississippi)

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40194

 

Traditional (arranger William Dawson): Soon-Ah Will Be Done

The Fisk Jubilee Singers

Paul T. Kwami, Conductor

Curb Records D2-78762

 

Traditional (arranger Joseph Jennings): Keep your hand on the plow

Philip Wilder, Countertenor

Chanticleer

Joseph Jennings, Conductor

Warner Classics 60309

 

Veljo Tormis: Viru vanne (The Viru Oath), for chorus

Orphei Drangar Male Voice Choir

Bis 1993

 

Dmitri Shostakovich: Ten Poems on texts by revolutionary poets, Op. 88:

No. 3 Onto the Streets

No. 4 The Meeting in Transit to Exile

No. 5 To Those Condemned to Death

Chorus of the Academy of Choral Arts

Tatyana Kravchenko, Piano

Viktor Popov, Conductor

Brilliant Classics 9414

 

Aaron Copland: Canticle of Freedom

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Utah Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor

CBS Masterworks 42140

 

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Miserere, Op. 44:

Domine Deus noster-Poco piu mosso

Domine Deus noster-lento

Miserere nobis

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Conductor

Decca 001718402

 

Michael Tippett: Five Spirituals From A Child Of Our Time

Steal Away

Nobody Knows

Go Down, Moses

By and By

Deep River

Carys-Anne Lane, Soprano; Sally Bruce-Payne, Mezzo Soprano; Neil MacKenzie, Tenor; Robert Evans, Baritone

The Sixteen

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Harry Christophers, Conductor

Collins 14462

 

George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV 54

Part III Moses’ Song, Sing Ye To The Lord

Trinity Choir Wall Street

Trinity Baroque Orchestra

Julian Wachner, Conductor

Musica Omnia 404

 

Traditional (arranger William Dawson): Ain’a That a Good News

Derek Lee Ragin, Countertenor

The Moses Hogan Chorale

Moses George Hogan, Piano and Conductor

Virgin Classics 0946 363305 2 5

Comments [1]

Gary Ekman from Turtle Bay/Manhattan/NYC

What a wonderful contrast, between Keep Your Hand On The Plow (the countertenor is absolutely amaazing) and Handel's religious music. A great way to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Thanks.

Jan. 19 2014 09:04 AM

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