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Journey to the New World
     

Journey to the New World

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by Sharon Isbin
 
Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin's debut release on Sony Masterworks is, as she describes it, "A voyage in song from the British Isles to the New World." She is joined by two stellar guest artists: Grammy Award-winning folk singer Joan Baez and violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor. The album includes world premieres of the Joan Baez Suite by John Duarte and

Overview

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin's debut release on Sony Masterworks is, as she describes it, "A voyage in song from the British Isles to the New World." She is joined by two stellar guest artists: Grammy Award-winning folk singer Joan Baez and violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor. The album includes world premieres of the Joan Baez Suite by John Duarte and the Strings & Threads Suite for violin and guitar by O’Connor. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When the word "crossover" is used to refer to a classical artist like guitarist Sharon Isbin, it usually indicates an intention by the artist to appeal to a broader audience than the usual one for classical music. Isbin's album Journey to the New World can be described as a crossover effort in this regard, but she seems to have had another sort of crossover in mind in terms of the collection's theme. Musically, the selections depict a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Great Britain to North America. Isbin begins with traditional British music and British folk, performing the works of lute player John Dowland and others upfront. She then makes a transition to American folk music by playing tunes that came across the ocean in centuries past. In this effort, she enlists folksinger Joan Baez, who is heard before and after the seven-part "Joan Baez Suite," first singing a couple of verses of "Wayfaring Stranger," and then, after Isbin has presented her versions of songs like "The House of the Rising Sun" and "The Lily of the West," returning for "Go 'Way from My Window." The third part of the album finds Isbin moving on to the next step in the journey of traditional folk music, i.e., to becoming American country music. The 13-part "Strings & Threads Suite" is a full-scale duet collaboration with country fiddler Mark O'Connor on a variety of brief jigs, reels, and waltzes. The two performers, though coming from different traditions, work together well, effecting a conclusion to the journey to the new world that the album makes musically.
Gramophone - William Yeoman
Spectacular.... Such is the musical sympathy and understanding displayed by all three performers here that, at the risk of condoning both bigamy and the reckless use of clichés, this is a marriage made in heaven.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886974545620
catalogNumber:
745456
Rank:
19017

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Isbin   Primary Artist,Guitar
Joan Baez   Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Violin

Technical Credits

John Jacob Niles   Composer
Andrew York   Composer
Carlos Barbosa-Lima   Arranger
Sharon Isbin   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Timothy Martyn   Engineer
Mark O'Connor   Composer
David Frost   Producer
Dann Michael Thompson   Engineer
Dann Thompson   Engineer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Edward Flower   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Leslie Collman-Smith   Marketing
Elizabeth A. Wright   Product Development
John Duarte   Composer
Anonymous   Composer

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Journey to the New World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GuitarGuru More than 1 year ago
Have no doubt, this CD confirms that Sharon Isbin is a brilliant artist with a gift to touch the soul. Her latest (2009) CD brings an entirely new dimension of lyrical virtuosity to light. From the remarkable tonal color palette expressed masterfully in the opening 16th century flavored works, to the haunting "Andecy" which evokes a sensuality and beauty beyond words. A brand new recording of "Wayfaring Stranger" begins with Isbin's intro, a cascade of notes sounding like a auditory magical spring rain, leading to Joan Baez's unearthly vocals. This poetic collaboration is absolutely heavenly. The Baez Suite that follows is masterful. The concluding Mark O'Connor Strings and Threads Suite shows how truly alive and modern the classical guitar can be when its voice sings under Isbin's fingers. This is a CD that is a must in your collection and active on your portable player du jour! There is only smooth sailing and something special at every stop along the way on this "Journey to the New World". Might be her best work to date...
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