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The Great American Folksong / Children's Chorus Of Washington


Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92124  
Composer:  Stephen FosterOla Belle ReedLorre WyattTraditional,   ... 
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Read more (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.

-- James Manheim, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Oh! Susanna by Stephen Foster
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; USA 
2.
High On a Mountain by Ola Belle Reed
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
3.
Somos el Barco by Lorre Wyatt
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
4.
Trampin' by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Written: USA 
5.
Railroading On the Great Divide by Sarah Carter Bayes
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
6.
Colinda by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
7.
I Ride an Old Paint by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Written: USA 
8.
Mayim by Emanuel Amiran
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Israel 
9.
A Tisket, A Tasket by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
10.
One Little Step by Cathy Fink
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
11.
Bowling Green by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
12.
Row de Boat by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
13.
De Colores by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
14.
The Cuckoo by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Written: Russia 
15.
UP Over My Head by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
16.
Psalm of Life by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
17.
I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
18.
Ride On, King Jesus by Traditional
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1865; United States of Ame 
19.
Ain't You Got a Right by Guy Carawan
Conductor:  Joan Gregoryk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Children's Chorus

Sound Samples

Susanna (Oh! Susanna)
High on a Mountain
Somos el barco (We are the Boat)
Trampin: '
Railroading on the Great Divide
Colinda
I Ride an Old Paint
Mayim, Mayim
A Tisket, a Tasket
One Little Step
Bowling Green
Row de Boat
De Colores (Of Colors)
The Cuckoo
Up Over My Head
Psalm of Life
I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
Ride On, King Jesus
Ain't You Got a Right

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