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Mosaic: A Collection of African-American Spirituals With Piano and Guitar
     

Mosaic: A Collection of African-American Spirituals With Piano and Guitar

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by Angela Brown
 

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Release Date:
11/30/2004
Label:
Albany Records
UPC:
0034061072126
catalogNumber:
721
Rank:
150023

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Mosaic: A Collection of African-American Spirituals With Piano and Guitar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Daniel Alexander Payne, sixth bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church worked tirelessly to purge emotionalism from African American modes of worship, and derided spirituals as "corn field ditties." Starting with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and into the current century, composers such as Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Moses Hogan and Joseph Joubert have sought new, classical interpretations of these timeless, soulful songs. I must confess, I've never been a big fan of classicised spirituals. Spirituals ARE emotional, expressions of unbearable pain, of longing, of optimism and ultimate belief in salvation. To strip them of that by prettying them up is to deny their very reason for being. But having said all that: I absolutely loved MOSAIC! Angela Brown does not let her classical training get in the way of putting a song over with heart and soul. She obviously loves these songs, and her rich voice moved me to tears on several occasions. The instrumental accompaniments (Joseph Joubert on piano, Tyron Cooper on guitar) are gorgeously subtle and supportive, never intrusive or distracting. The sound quality of this disc is superb, a fitting tribute to the many African American composers represented here. Highly recommended!