America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

by The Choirs of Washington National Cathedral
     
 

The choirs of Washington National Cathedral -- boys, girls, and adult altos, tenors, and basses -- have made great strides technically under director of music Michael McCarthy and have released a series of albums that can stand with those of the better-known professional choirs in the U.S. In this one they handle a variety of compositions and arrangements with… See more details below

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The choirs of Washington National Cathedral -- boys, girls, and adult altos, tenors, and basses -- have made great strides technically under director of music Michael McCarthy and have released a series of albums that can stand with those of the better-known professional choirs in the U.S. In this one they handle a variety of compositions and arrangements with confidence and a sense of controlled development of the program. The main reservations pertain to the billing of the album rather than to its actual contents. Buyers expecting that the title America the Beautiful would promise a selection of patriotic tunes will get satisfaction mostly at the beginning and end of the program, where the cathedral's organ and the talents of the Washington Symphonic Brass are deployed in arrangements of "America," "America the Beautiful," "The Washington Post March," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." In between comes a selection of hymnody, both black and white, and even music pertaining to "the traditions of Washington National Cathedral itself," which has only a glancing relationship to the patriotic theme; McCarthy's arrangment of Charles Hubert Parry's "Jerusalem" was composed for the funeral of Ronald Reagan in 2004. Taken on its own terms, however, the music is both unusual and interesting. The group of arrangements of African-American spirituals brings together a variety of approaches, from the classic William Dawson setting of "There Is a Balm in Gilead" to Michael Tippett's somehow very British versions to the spectacular Moses Hogan setting of "Abide with Me," that would be hard to hear together anywhere else. Organ pieces, including the reflective and apparently completely non-nationalist-related "Aria" by Paul Manz, break up the program effectively. The bottom line: just make sure you want what you're actually getting here. The booklet essay (in English only) was not edited by anyone who knew the difference between "its" and "it's," and no texts for the vocal pieces are provided.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
Label:
Washington Nat'l Cat
UPC:
0825346980928
catalogNumber:
501

Tracks

  1. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  - Erik William Suter  - George Faxon
  2. The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chorus, ad lib  - John Stafford Smith  - Francis Scott Key  - Scott Hanoian  -  Washington Symphonic Brass  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral
  3. The Battle Hymn of the Republic ("Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," words by Julia Ward Howe; music attributed to Steffe)  - William Steffe  - Julia Ward Howe  - Peter J. Wilhousky  - Scott Hanoian  -  Washington Symphonic Brass  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral
  4. Father, in thy gracious keeping  - Richard Wayne Dirksen  - John Ellerton  - Scott Hanoian  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral
  5. Abide with me (Tune: Eventide)  - William Henry Monk  - Henry Francis Lyte  - Moses Hogan  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral
  6. Aria, for organ  - Paul Manz  - Erik William Suter
  7. Lord of the Dance  -  Sydney Carter  - Michael McCarthy  -  Sydney Carter  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral  - Bobb Robinson
  8. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)  - Aaron Copland  -  Washington Symphonic Brass
  9. Deep River, spiritual  -  Traditional Spiritual  - Michael Tippett  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral  - Gerry Stacy  - Lara Iglesias-Cox  - Mac Lambert  - Roger Isaacs
  10. There Is a Balm in Gilead, spiritual  -  Traditional Spiritual  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral  - William Dawson  - Charlotte Woolley
  11. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, hymn (to the tune Resignation)  -  Anonymous, American  - Isaac Watts  - Virgil Thomson  - Joseph Funk  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral
  12. Steal Away  - American Traditional  - Michael Tippett  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral  - Christine Buras  - Gerry Stacy
  13. The Washington Post, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  - Erik William Suter  - Joseph M. Linger
  14. America the Beautiful (original title "Materna")  - Samuel A. Ward  - Michael McCarthy  - Scott Hanoian  -  Washington Symphonic Brass  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral  - Katharine Lee Bates
  15. America, for chorus & orchestra ("My Country 'Tis of Thee")  - Samuel F. Smith  - Samuel F. Smith  - David Willcocks  - Scott Hanoian  -  Washington Symphonic Brass  -  Choirs of Washington National Cathedral

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