Jubilation

Jubilation

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by Christopher Parkening, Jubilant Sykes
     
 

Guitarist Christopher Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes sometimes perform together at the church they attend in Southern California, and their collaboration on this CD grew out of that connection. (Subtitled "A Musical Journey Through Brazil, Spain and the Americas," the album does traverse that territory, but also includes a Turkish-influenced piece by an Italian… See more details below

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Guitarist Christopher Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes sometimes perform together at the church they attend in Southern California, and their collaboration on this CD grew out of that connection. (Subtitled "A Musical Journey Through Brazil, Spain and the Americas," the album does traverse that territory, but also includes a Turkish-influenced piece by an Italian composer.) The repertoire is perplexingly eclectic, ranging from a straightforward arrangement of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," to spirituals, to guitar solos by Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, and Castelnuevo-Tedesco. The CD gives the performers equal billing, but Sykes performs on just more than half of the tracks. For the most part, these are not virtuoso pieces, but Parkening's subtle and expressive playing is masterful, and Andrew York's "Jubilation," Rodrigo's "Cançoneta," Castelnuevo-Tedesco's "La Arrulladora," and especially Carlo Domeniconi's "Koyumbaba" are standouts. For Sykes, who has sung at the Met and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, this is more obviously a crossover album, and assessing his singing is a difficult job. He brings an appropriate grittiness to some of the Spanish songs rooted in popular music, which feels at odds with his highly trained, bel canto delivery. The clash is less obvious in the more "classical" pieces -- the spirituals and several of Copland's "Old American Songs," but the neither-fish-nor-fowl quality is still disconcerting. What can be said without ambiguity is that he brings real passion and commitment to the songs, and for some listeners, that blazing sincerity may be enough to make the album fully satisfying. The sound is exceptionally well-balanced and clean, except for the last track: a guitar solo with a high noise level, made at a live performance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724355759122
catalogNumber:
57591
Rank:
135443

Tracks

  1. Jubilation, for guitar  - Andrew York  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton
  2. The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly)  - American Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  3. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child  -  Traditional Spiritual  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  4. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands  - American Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  5. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")  - Stanley Myers  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton
  6. Ciranda Bambolé, for voice & guitar  - Rique Pantoja  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  7. Modinha, song for voice & piano (Serestas No. 5), A. 216/5  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  8. Lamento, for voice & guitar  - Rique Pantoja  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  9. O Cacador  - Laurindo Almeida  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  10. Campo, for guitar  - Abel Carlevaro  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton
  11. La Rosa y el sauce for voice & piano  - Carlos Guastavino  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  12. America (from Thesaurus Musicus).."My Country Tis of Thee"  - American Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton
  13. At the River, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)  - Aaron Copland  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  14. Ching-a-ring Chaw, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)  - Aaron Copland  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  15. Work(s): Cançoneta  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton
  16. Con amores, la Mi Madre for 4 voices  - Juan de Anchieta  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  17. Pámpano Verde  -  Francisco de la Torre  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  18. Platero y yó, for narrator & guitar, Op. 190: La Arrulladora  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton
  19. Granadinas  - Spanish Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Jubilant Sykes  - Carla Leighton
  20. Koyunbaba, suite for guitar, Op. 19  - Carlo Domeniconi  - Christopher Parkening  - Carla Leighton

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