Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology
The late '90s saw a spate of adventurous albums, all on the Sony label, that melded roots-inspired American folk music with classical and experimental flavors by a remarkable array of musicians: Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell from the classical world; style hoppers Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor; folk/pop powerhouses James Taylor and Alison Krauss; and many others. Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology gathers together the best of that work. Opening with the Shaker simplicity of "Short Trip Home" from Joshua Bell's like-titled album, the disc continues with James Taylor crooning "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" from Mark O'Connor's Liberty! The tempo picks up when Yo-Yo Ma joins Edgar Meyer and O'Connor in "1B," the hoedown with a twist from Appalachian Journey, but they soon settle back with the gentle strains of "Appalachia Waltz," the title track from the album that started it all. O'Connor blends traditional fiddle-playing with classical virtuosity in "Amazing Grace" from his solo album Midnight on the Water, while musical chameleon Edgar Meyer -- a Nashville legend with an equally impressive classical resume -- lends his soulful bass to the funky "Old Tyme" from Uncommon Ritual. Alison Krauss brings breathy sweetness to the lullaby "Slumber, My Darling," and O'Connor closes the compilation with his melancholy "Song of the Liberty Bell." Even if you already know some of these albums back-to-front, here's a chance to get a taste of what you've missed. From heartfelt, traditional ballads to plucky, new-fangled hoedowns, Heartland is a strong overview of one of the most successful and surprising crossover schemes.
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- Short trip home, for violin, double bass, mandolin & guitar (03:49)
- Johnny Has Gone for A Soldier (02:57)
- 1B, for violin, cello & double bass (04:00)
- Appalachia Waltz, for solo cello (05:50)
- Soldier's joy (04:08)
- Sliding Down (04:44)
- BT, for violin, mandolin, mandola & double bass (04:53)
- Butterfly's Day Out (04:45)
- College Hornpipe (03:17)
- Fancy stops and goes (03:51)
- Old Tyme (03:26)
- Emily's Reel for violin, cello & double bass (02:45)
- Slumber My Darling for voice & piano (04:52)
- Death by triple fiddle (04:17)
- Amazing Grace (02:49)
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Some of the greatest musicians, classical and not, come together on this album in a truly beautiful blend of music. I've listened to it hundreds of times and never get tired.
Appalachian Anthology is unlike anything else I've ever heard. It's like discovering a completely new genre of music. When does 1+1 not equal 2? When you add one part classical music, and one part traditional American music; it equals 5, 5 stars that is!
I never rate anything 5 stars, except my own music, of course. As the title suggests, I found Heartland toe-tappin, knee slappin, can't sit still music for those times when you feel like dancing. The combination of instruments and skilled playing make this a favorite. Yo Yo Ma shows he can keep up with violinist Perlman when it comes to crossing the border between the classics and truly American, down to earth, music. Copland paints America, Heartland brings it home.
It's very Americana. Very upbeat, gets your toes tapping.