Jubilation

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355759122
  • Catalog Number: 57591
  • Sales rank: 120,787

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jubilation, for guitar - Andrew York & Christopher Parkening (4:48)
  2. 2 The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly) - American Traditional & Christopher Parkening (3:21)
  3. 3 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Traditional Spiritual & Christopher Parkening (3:46)
  4. 4 He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - American Traditional & Christopher Parkening (2:07)
  5. 5 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & Christopher Parkening (3:36)
  6. 6 Ciranda Bambolé, for voice & guitar - Rique Pantoja & Christopher Parkening (2:58)
  7. 7 Modinha, song for voice & piano (Serestas No. 5), A. 216/5 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Christopher Parkening (2:06)
  8. 8 Lamento, for voice & guitar - Rique Pantoja & Christopher Parkening (3:33)
  9. 9 O Cacador - Laurindo Almeida & Christopher Parkening (2:00)
  10. 10 Campo, for guitar - Abel Carlevaro & Christopher Parkening (3:29)
  11. 11 La Rosa y el sauce for voice & piano - Carlos Guastavino & Christopher Parkening (2:40)
  12. 12 America (from Thesaurus Musicus).."My Country Tis of Thee" - American Traditional & Christopher Parkening (2:42)
  13. 13 At the River, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II) - Aaron Copland & Christopher Parkening (2:29)
  14. 14 Ching-a-ring Chaw, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II) - Aaron Copland & Christopher Parkening (1:30)
  15. 15 Work(s): Cançoneta - Joaquín Rodrigo & Christopher Parkening (2:35)
  16. 16 Con amores, la Mi Madre for 4 voices - Juan de Anchieta & Christopher Parkening (2:56)
  17. 17 Pámpano Verde - Francisco de la Torre & Christopher Parkening (2:08)
  18. 18 Platero y yó, for narrator & guitar, Op. 190: La Arrulladora - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Christopher Parkening (4:26)
  19. 19 Granadinas - Spanish Traditional & Christopher Parkening (3:51)
  20. 20 Koyunbaba, suite for guitar, Op. 19 - Carlo Domeniconi & Christopher Parkening (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Parkening Primary Artist
Jubilant Sykes Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jubillant is the word

    Parkening seems to have an affinity toward teaming with African American artists. His works with Kathleen Battle are stunning and now his collaboration with baritone, Jubillant Sykes is equal to the expectation. Mr. Sykes is so adept at blending his voice with the guitar that at times one has to listen a little more carefully to realized which is being heard. Jubillant's dynamic range is astonishing. Just when one is carried away by the fragility of his pianissimo out thunders "Ching-a-ring Chaw' or the ravaging,"Granadinas." Let's not be carried away by the small stuff for those always trying to find fault with enjoyable works. This will definitely be a great addition to your vocal or guitar collection. It is for you, your room, mono a mono or with an intimate friend. This is the beauty of guitar and guitar/voice. How much more human can you get? Enjoy...be joyful....be Jubilant!

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    I'm a long time listener of Christopher Parkening's music and th

    I'm a long time listener of Christopher Parkening's music and this release intrigued me. I got it on Friday and it has been a constant since then. I was required to work on Sunday and this music, and the pleasant weather, made what could have been a mundane ride into something magical. Favorites on the album are, "The Water is Wide" and "Lamento" but there isn't a weak track on this disc. The pairing of these two musicians is breathtaking, joyous, a pure delight. My only regret is that it has to end. No matter what your taste in music you should pick up this album and enjoy the glories therein. This is something that will endure.

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