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Gordon: Rappahannock County / Fisher, Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra

Gordon / Walters / Virginia Arts Festival Orch
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8669028  
Composer:  Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Kevin MorenoMatthew TuellFaith ShermanMark Walters,   ... 
Conductor:  Rob Fisher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Inspired by diaries, letters, and personal accounts from the 1860s, Rappahannock County is a music-theatre work which movingly and dramatically commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The location of the Rappahannock River as a border between north and south is a metaphor for the region’s many conflicts. Performed by a cast of five singers who play over 30 rôles, the piece brings this dramatic historical period to life in songs which express the devastating impact of the Civil War on all of the people who endured it. Ricky Ian Gordon’s music has been described as ‘caviar for a world gorging on pizza’ (The New York Times), and Rappahannock County has been commended for its ‘effusiveness and accessibility’ by The Read more Washington Post. Read less

Works on This Recording

Rappahannock County by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Kevin Moreno (Baritone), Matthew Tuell (Tenor), Faith Sherman (Mezzo Soprano),
Mark Walters (Baritone), Aundi Marie Moore (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rob Fisher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra
Written: 2009/10 
Date of Recording: 4/2011 
Late Afternoon by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Margaret Lattimore (Mezzo Soprano), Ricky Ian Gordon (Piano)
Written: 2001 
Date of Recording: 1/25/2011 

Sound Samples

Rappahannock County: Part I: Trio: Sanctified by God (Rev. Zachariah Springer) - A Noble Institution (Mrs. Laticia Saunders) - States' Rights (Jefferson Adams)
Rappahannock County: Part I: Recitative: Farewell, Old Dominion (Clement Davis)
Rappahannock County: Part I: Mine (Two Nameless Slaves)
Rappahannock County: Part I: Farewell, Old Dominion (Clement Davis)
Rappahannock County: Part I: Victory at Manassas (Telegraph Operator, Newspaper Editor, Young Wife)
Rappahannock County: Interlude No. 1
Rappahannock County: Part II: Being Small (Reuben Lark)
Rappahannock County: Part II: Making Maps (Jed Hotchkiss)
Rappahannock County: Part II: I Seen Snow (Travis Bledsoe)
Rappahannock County: Part II: Rappahannock (Two Newly Freed Slaves)
Rappahannock County: Part III: I Listen (Violet Fitzsimmons)
Rappahannock County: Part III: Bound to Be (Joe Harris)
Rappahannock County: Part III: All I Ever Known (Lily Quinn)
Rappahannock County: Part III: The Good Death (John Smith)
Rappahannock County: Interlude No. 2
Rappahannock County: Part IV: In Their Eyes (Cornelia MacDonald)
Rappahannock County: Part IV: A Fine Solution (Silas MacDuffie)
Rappahannock County: Part IV: Hallie-Ann (Grace Beaufort)
Rappahannock County: Part IV: For Love of Country (Elias Leggett)
Rappahannock County: Part IV: I Walk Away (Joshua Barnes)
Rappahannock County: Interlude No. 3
Rappahannock County: Part V: This Was Our House (Susan Johnson and Family)
Rappahannock County: Part V: Jumping the Broom (Dorothea Henry, Jones Henry)
Rappahannock County: Part V: Finale: April Will Return Again/Rappahannock (All)
Late Afternoon: I. Otherwise
Late Afternoon: II. Willi, Home
Late Afternoon: III. "X"
Late Afternoon: IV. Just Now
Late Afternoon: V. What the Living Do
Late Afternoon: VI. Let Evening Come

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