Liberty Tree: Early American Music 1776 - 1861

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Boston Camerata, led by Joel Cohen, has made dozens of excellent recordings of music from a variety of European and American early music and folk traditions. This album of music from the time of the American Revolution and the years following is intriguing and should interest anyone who wants to hear the kind of music early Americans were likely to hear and sing and play. These songs, even the Billings anthems, were the popular music of the day, the kind of music people would sing to themselves at home or on the streets or in churches or in various public gatherings, but the members of the Boston Camerata bring to them the purity and crisp precision of a professional...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Boston Camerata, led by Joel Cohen, has made dozens of excellent recordings of music from a variety of European and American early music and folk traditions. This album of music from the time of the American Revolution and the years following is intriguing and should interest anyone who wants to hear the kind of music early Americans were likely to hear and sing and play. These songs, even the Billings anthems, were the popular music of the day, the kind of music people would sing to themselves at home or on the streets or in churches or in various public gatherings, but the members of the Boston Camerata bring to them the purity and crisp precision of a professional choir, which they are. Some of the pieces come from British or American folk traditions, but the performances are all based on scores that were written down during this era. There is considerable scholarly debate as to what exactly constitutes informed performance practice of American music of this era, but given the folk origins of many of these tunes and the raunchiness of some of the lyrics, it's unlikely that this level of refined polish and vocal purity would have been the norm. Much of the repertoire is delightful: the tune "God Save the King," with a text that begins "God save each female's right;" a loopy version of "Yankee Doodle" with naughty lyrics and a tune for the chorus that sounds like it's from some nearly parallel universe; and "Greensleeves" set as an ode to Thomas Jefferson. The performing forces are nicely varied, with unaccompanied chorus, instrumentals, small vocal groups, and solos both accompanied and a cappella. The Boston Camerata is joined on some tracks by members of the Harvard University Choir. Erato's sound is clean and natural.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 825646921201
  • Catalog Number: 4692120
  • Sales rank: 240,731

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yankee Doodle (2:57)
  2. 2 Chester (2:15)
  3. 3 Liberty Tree (2:38)
  4. 4 The Boston March (1:15)
  5. 5 David's Lamentation (1:48)
  6. 6 Jefferson and Liberty (2:41)
  7. 7 Rights of Woman (2:36)
  8. 8 The Appletree (1:17)
  9. 9 Dormant (2:32)
  10. 10 Hero and Leander (2:16)
  11. 11 Mary's Dream (4:03)
  12. 12 On the Road to Boston (0:49)
  13. 13 Jolly Soldier (2:22)
  14. 14 Jefferson and Liberty (1:03)
  15. 15 Abraham's Daughter (2:24)
  16. 16 Brave Wolfe (4:51)
  17. 17 Irish Wolfe (1:25)
  18. 18 The Blue Bells of Scotland (2:02)
  19. 19 The Working Boy (2:04)
  20. 20 Poor Old Maids (1:00)
  21. 21 Bob in the Bed (0:35)
  22. 22 Old Tare River (1:56)
  23. 23 The Rose Tree (2:08)
  24. 24 Clovergreen (2:44)
  25. 25 Parting Friends (2:40)
  26. 26 Ode to Science (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joel Cohen Primary Artist, Guitar, Conductor
Boston Camerata Ensemble
Anne Azema Soprano (Vocal)
John Delorey Tenor (Vocal)
Jesse Lepkoff Flute
Robert Mealy Violin
Joel Frederiksen Guitar, Bass (Vocal)
Anne Trout Bass
Emily Walhout Cello
Margaret Swanson Soprano (Vocal)
Elizabeth Anker Contralto (Vocal)
Donald Wilkinson Baritone (Vocal)
Michael Collver Cornet
Kathryn Roth Flute
Stephen Falbel Bass (Vocal)
Megan Henderson Fortepiano
Timothy Leigh Evans Tenor (Vocal)
Members of the Harvard University Choir Choir, Chorus
Murray Forbes Sommerville Choir Director
Daniel Rothschild Stone Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Jesse Lepkoff Whistle
Jacques Doll Engineer
Josee Begaud Liner Note Translation
Traditional Composer
Ysabelle van Wersch-Cot Producer
Almuyt Lenz-Konrad Liner Note Translation
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