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The River Of Love / Halliday, New England Voices


Release Date: 12/11/2007 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 988   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandWilliam CutterTraditionalJacob Druckman
Performer:  Emily BrowderAndrew LeonardRobert HoneysuckerPamela Dellal,   ... 
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, called the Shakers, came to the New World in 1774. Ann Lee Standerin, called Mother Ann by her followers, traveled to America with seven disciples to establish the Shaker religion in the New World. The group was so named because of fervent prayer rituals in which they entered into trance-like states — twitching, shaking, whirling, singing and dancing, seeking transcendence from the burdens of sin. A gentle, highly ethical people there were, at the height of the movement in 1850, 6,000 Shakers, a number that began to decline after industrialization took over. Because the Shakers believed the human voice to be the perfect instrument for the expression to God, they were prolific Read more composers. It is said that there are over 10,000 hymns in existence. This unique disc presents both original hymns and modern American works based on the materials. Fittingly, the first of these is one that is beloved by many: Aaron Copland’s setting of Simple Gifts.

REVIEWS:

"Especially inviting and inventive is "The Humble Heart,"...Although it's a dramatic and emotional journey scored for adult and children's choruses, vocal soloist, strings and piano, the piece never loses touch with the spacious simplicity of the Shaker aesthetic." (Albany Times Union)

"This collection...is a fascinating hybrid, mixing three choral suites...with a selection of the Shaker hymns and spirituals that inspired them. ...A primary New England Voices mandate is to commission new works on Shaker themes. Good news, as this beautifully presented first sampling demonstrates." (American Record Guide)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Old American Songs, Set 1: Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Emily Browder (Soprano), Andrew Leonard (Tenor), Robert Honeysucker (Baritone),
Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Bill Geha (Piano)
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
2.
There's a Light by William Cutter
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Let Zion Move by William Cutter
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
Period: 20th Century 
4.
I Will Go on My Way by William Cutter
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Shaker Chants and Spirituals: Mother Ann's Song (A Lee, 1736-84) by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
6.
Sweet Summerland by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
7.
I'll Tell Thee of Heaven by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
8.
I Hunger and Thirst by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
9.
I Know How To Pray by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
10.
On Zion's Holy Ground by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
11.
Funeral Hymn by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
12.
The Simple Gifts by Jacob Druckman
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices
Period: 20th Century 
13.
The Humble Heart by Traditional
Conductor:  Malcolm Halliday
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Voices

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