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This delightful collection of traditional Appalachian hymns, sung by the Massachusetts-based choir GloriƦ Dei Cantores under the direction of Elizabeth C. Patterson, is more than just one more rehashing of familiar hymn tunes and spirituals. While it does include such favorite religious songs as "Foundation" aka "How Firm a Foundation", "Bright Canaan," and "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," the program also -- strangely and somewhat distractingly -- features a rather maudlin Civil War love song entitled "Lorena." The album's other unusual feature is a beautiful and moving composition by renowned fiddler Mark O'Connor, who responded to a commission from the choir by ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This delightful collection of traditional Appalachian hymns, sung by the Massachusetts-based choir GloriƦ Dei Cantores under the direction of Elizabeth C. Patterson, is more than just one more rehashing of familiar hymn tunes and spirituals. While it does include such favorite religious songs as "Foundation" aka "How Firm a Foundation", "Bright Canaan," and "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," the program also -- strangely and somewhat distractingly -- features a rather maudlin Civil War love song entitled "Lorena." The album's other unusual feature is a beautiful and moving composition by renowned fiddler Mark O'Connor, who responded to a commission from the choir by setting the words to Charles Wesley's hymn "Let Us Move" to a new melody of his own, and providing a violin obbligato. O'Connor's composition is one of the many highlights on this album, most of the rest of which are the more traditional renditions of the more traditional songs. "Lorena" is not only out of place stylistically and thematically, but is also somewhat overwrought in its arrangement and vocal delivery, and it's difficult to hear the choir's over-arranged version of "Angel Band" without wishing you were listening to Ralph Stanley's version instead. But the simple power of "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal" and "Bright Canaan" has never been communicated more movingly than it is here. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2001
  • Label: Paraclete Press
  • UPC: 709887003127
  • Catalog Number: 3348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hark, I hear the harps eternal - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:22)
  2. 2 His Voice as the Sound - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:14)
  3. 3 Bright Canaan - Gloriae Dei Cantores (1:58)
  4. 4 O Thou, In Whose Presence - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:07)
  5. 5 New Concord - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:09)
  6. 6 Let Us Move, for chorus & violin - Gloriae Dei Cantores (15:28)
  7. 7 Begin, My Soul (Watt's Lyre) - Gloriae Dei Cantores (1:39)
  8. 8 Tender Thought, Psalm 139 - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:40)
  9. 9 Social Band - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:02)
  10. 10 Jesus, Jesus, rest your head - Gloriae Dei Cantores (3:14)
  11. 11 Resignation, Psalm 23 - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:24)
  12. 12 I Will Arise - Gloriae Dei Cantores (1:05)
  13. 13 Lorena, waltz - Gloriae Dei Cantores (7:26)
  14. 14 Holy Manna - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:29)
  15. 15 Angel Band - Gloriae Dei Cantores (3:03)
  16. 16 Death Shall Not Destroy (Mount Watson) - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:36)
  17. 17 Death Shall Not Destroy (Mount Watson) - Gloriae Dei Cantores (3:04)
  18. 18 Foundation - Gloriae Dei Cantores (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark O'Connor Primary Artist, Violin
Gloriae Dei Cantores Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth C. Patterson Conductor
Timothy McKendree Violin
Br. Francis Hempel Baritone (Vocal)
Richard Cragg Tenor (Vocal)
William Riley Guitar
Kathryn Shannon Soprano (Vocal)
Mary Magdalene Buddington Sr. Harp
Technical Credits
Mark O'Connor Liner Notes
Isaac Watts Lyricist
Charles Wesley Lyricist
Richard Pugsley Producer
Alice Parker Arranger
Joseph Chilorio Engineer
Henry DeLafayette Webster Composer
Joseph Philbrick Webster Composer
Thomas Hart Benton Cover Art
Michael Hale Arranger
Michael Lutch Cover Photo
Richard K. Pugsley Producer
Robert Robinson Lyricist
G. Schirmer Composer
David Chalmers Liner Notes
Joseph Swain Composer, Lyricist
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