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Great American Folksong
     

The Great American Folksong

by Children's Chorus of Washington
 
What you get here is not a traditional album of children singing famous American folk songs (the Michigan State University Children's Choir has issued one of those, if that's what you're looking for), but it may be something better. The Children's Chorus of Washington under director Joan

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What you get here is not a traditional album of children singing famous American folk songs (the Michigan State University Children's Choir has issued one of those, if that's what you're looking for), but it may be something better. The Children's Chorus of Washington under director Joan Gregoryk maintains smooth intonation, but the news here is the repertory, devised with a multicultural group of collaborators and encompassing a good deal of contemporary material. The collaborators -- Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer from the bluegrass/Appalachian side, and Kim and Reggie Harris from the realm of traditional African-American music -- contribute arrangements, vocals, and instrumental support. The basic accompaniment comes not from a piano (although one is present in the jazzy "A Tisket, a Tasket," track 9), but from a string ensemble, which varies from banjo and mandolin to the bass that backs up several African-American spirituals. From both these traditions come more contemporary pieces (Ola Belle Reed's "High on a Mountain" from bluegrass, and "Up Over My Head," made famous by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, from gospel), as well as pieces that would generally be considered folk songs, and they're mixed in with music from Mexico, Israel, French Louisiana, and a few bona fide old American folk songs. The whole thing hangs together very nicely, and the youthful choristers seem to be having a good time performing the program. Dorian's engineering keeps their voices intelligible and is in general all that could be desired. This can be recommended to those who enjoy children's choral singing in general, and is specifically urged on those who work with children's choirs themselves because it offers numerous fresh ideas.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479212429
catalogNumber:
92124
Rank:
241425

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Performance Credits

Children's Chorus of Washington   Primary Artist
Cathy Fink   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Marcy Marxer   Mandolin,Vocals
Ralph Gordon   Bass
Reggie Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Kim Harris   Vocals
Christina Wheeler   Fiddle
Joan Gregoryk   Conductor

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Guy Carawan   Composer
Cathy Fink   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Marcy Marxer   Arranger,Producer
Ola Belle Reed   Composer
Lorre Wyatt   Arranger,Composer
Reggie Harris   Arranger
Nick Page   Arranger
Bill Vanaver   Arranger
Moses Hogan   Arranger
Kim Harris   Arranger
David Elliott   Arranger
Daniel Shores   Producer,Engineer
Judith Cook Tucker   Arranger
Sarah Carter Bayes   Composer
Feldman   Composer
Unspecified   Composer
Emanuel Amiran   Composer
Valerie Shields   Arranger
Michael Scott   Arranger
M. Roger II Holland   Arranger
Mark Weston   Arranger
Brandon Bloodworth   Art Direction
Maxine Pagliano   Concert Manager
Joan Gregoryk   Artistic Director

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