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Songs of Free Men: Recital

Songs of Free Men: Recital

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by Paul Robeson
     
 
Culled from six concerts given in the 1940s, with most of its tracks previously released on 78-rpm albums in that decade, this disc, as annotator Paul Robeson, Jr., notes, presents Paul Robeson at the peak of his singing career (from age 44 to 49) and re-creates a typical recital. Robeson sings spirituals, folk songs from various

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Culled from six concerts given in the 1940s, with most of its tracks previously released on 78-rpm albums in that decade, this disc, as annotator Paul Robeson, Jr., notes, presents Paul Robeson at the peak of his singing career (from age 44 to 49) and re-creates a typical recital. Robeson sings spirituals, folk songs from various countries in various languages, classical pieces, and theater music, including works by Felix Mendelssohn, Marc Blitzstein (a brilliant "The Purest Kind of Guy" from No for an Answer), Earl Robinson, George Gershwin, and, of course, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II ("I Still Suits Me" and "Ol' Man River" from Show Boat). Robeson is accompanied by his usual pianist, Lawrence Brown, on the first 17 tracks and by the Columbia Concert Orchestra on the remaining eight. The sound quality is remarkably clear, showing little evidence of the 50-year-old (and older) sources. As a result, Robeson's amazing bass-baritone is revealed in all its power, as is a sense of enunciation and presentation that perfectly suits a wide range of material. Released shortly before Robeson's centenary, this album is a fitting tribute to him.

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Release Date:
12/09/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646322321
catalogNumber:
63223

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Songs of Free Men: Recital 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jwminnyc More than 1 year ago
I grew up with Paul Robeson as a part of my radio listening experience; certainly enjoyed but did not deeply appreciate his talent in my "youth." To find an album that so significantly captures his voice, style, and brilliance is truly a joy. We have hundreds of CD's (concert, opera, jazz); this is one we play quite frequently for the simple pleasure of just listening to his voice. Whoever decided to make this available again - thank you!
circle5emeritus More than 1 year ago
Good recording for its age. I ordered several CDs and they were very slow in delivery. Eventually I received it and the CD was satisfactory.