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Sence You Went Away - Art Songs & Spirituals


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 387   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wendell WhalumAdolphus HailstorkCedric DentEugene Hancock,   ... 
Performer:  Sam McKeltonLouise ToppinAlvy PowellByron Burford,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Selections recorded at Solid Sound Studio, Hill Auditorium and Recital Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 22, June 17-20 and August 22, 1998.
Inspired by deep musical tradition, the composers represented on SENCE YOU WENT AWAY have drawn on the time-honored facets of the Negro spiritual and gospel movements in American music. Using the dialect of black culture, this mix of old and new works are at once inspiring and imaginative, reaching beyond the prescribed conventions of the spiritual genre. Incorporating such irregularities as atonalism, the brilliance of these performances is undeniably a tribute to musical evolution in African-American heritage. Not only does this recording show the talents of many
Read more African-American composers, the performances are top-notch by singers and instrumentalist who have excelled and helped shape the development of this music throughout the 20th century.
Catapulted by the Harlem Renaissance ideology of the 1920's, African-American music has reached our most prestigious opera houses, concert stages, and symphony halls, proving that the endeavors of the past have reached their fruition. From the powerful vocal lines of bass-baritone James Patterson in "Absalom" to the sensitive, jazz-like phrasing in "God is a God" by tenor Sam McKelton, this music is joyous, celebratory, and a triumph for those who helped continue this important tradition of art songs and spirituals throughout times of despair and hope. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sweet Jesus by Wendell Whalum
Performer:  Sam McKelton (Tenor), Louise Toppin (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
God is a God by Wendell Whalum
Performer:  Sam McKelton (Tenor), Louise Toppin (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Slave Song by Adolphus Hailstork
Performer:  Alvy Powell (Bass Baritone), Byron Burford (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Somebody's Knocking at Your Door by Cedric Dent
Performer:  Cedric Dent (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Absalom by Eugene Hancock
Performer:  James Patterson (Bass Baritone), Patrick O'Donnell (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Song of the Seasons by Valerie Capers
Performer:  Anita Johnson (Soprano), Timothy Holley (Cello), Susan Keith Gray (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Millay Songs (5) by H. Leslie Adams
Performer:  Darryl Taylor (Tenor), Patrick O'Donnell (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Nightsongs (6): no 4, Sence you went away by H. Leslie Adams
Performer:  Louise Toppin (Soprano), Patrick O'Donnell (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Blake: Has he come? O Miranda by H. Leslie Adams
Performer:  Jorge Parodi (Piano), Timothy Jones (Baritone), Michelle Beaton (Piano),
Christina Clark (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980-1986; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Cantata by John Carter
Performer:  Susan Keith Gray (Piano), Ray M. Wade (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Videmus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 

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