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Black Composers Series: The Complete Album Collection


Release Date: 01/18/2019 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 586215  
Composer:  Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-GeorgesWilliam Grant StillSamuel Coleridge-TaylorUlysses S. Kay,   ... 
Performer:  Miriam FriedJaime LaredoFaye RobinsonWilliam Brown,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraJuilliard String QuartetDetroit Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 1970s, CBS Masterworks made a groundbreaking series of recordings featuring the music of black composers. The nine LPs released all featured the pioneering conductor Paul Freeman. Sony Classical is proud to reissue the complete Black Composer Series in a single original album collection with each CD remastered from the original analogue tapes. The composers featured span several centuries and come from many different backgrounds. A bonus tenth album features Hale Smith’s Symphonic Spirituals, arrangements of 12 spirituals for voice and orchestra originally released by Paul Freeman in 1979. The many superb performers in this collection include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore and Detroit Symphony Orchestras Read more and the Juilliard String Quartet. But is it the composers, many still little known today, who are the true stars of this milestone collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonies (2), Op. 11: no 1 in G major by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1779; Paris, France 
2.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 1: No.1 in C Major by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
3.
Symphonie concertante for 2 Violins in G major, Op. 13 by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Miriam Fried (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; France 
4.
Ernestine: Scena by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Performer:  Faye Robinson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
5.
Symphony no 1 "Afro-American" by William Grant Still
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; United States 
6.
Highway One, USA: What Does He Know of Dreams? by William Grant Still
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
7.
Highway One, USA: You're Wonderful, Mary by William Grant Still
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
8.
Hiawatha's Wedding Feast: Onaway! Awake, beloved! by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
9.
African Suite: Danse negre by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; England 
10.
Markings by Ulysses S. Kay
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
11.
Concerto for Trombone by George Walker
Performer:  Denis Wick (Trombone)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
12.
Concerto for Violin by Roque Cordero
Performer:  Sanford Allen (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Panama 
13.
Miniatures (8) for Small Orchestra by Roque Cordero
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Panama 
14.
Requiem Mass by José Maurício Nunes Garcia
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor), Matti Tuloisela (Bass Baritone), Betty Allen (Mezzo Soprano),
Doralene Davis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Morgan State College Choir
15.
Concerto for Violin by José White
Performer:  Aaron Rosand (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
16.
Sonata for Cello by David Nathaniel Baker
Performer:  János Starker (Cello), Alain Plančs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
17.
Sahdji by William Grant Still
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Morgan State College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; United States 
18.
African Suite: no 1, Joyful Day by Fela Sowande
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
19.
African Suite: no 2, Nostalgia by Fela Sowande
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
20.
African Suite: no 5, Akinla by Fela Sowande
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
21.
Lyric for Strings by George Walker
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946/1990; USA 
22.
Akwan for Piano, Electronic Piano, Amplified Strings & Orchestra by Olly Wilson
Performer:  Richard Bunger (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
23.
Squares (An Essay for Orchestra) by Anderson, Thomas J., Jr.
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
24.
Visions of Ishwara by Talib Rasul Hakim
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
25.
Concerto for Piano by George Walker
Performer:  Natalie Hinderas (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
26.
Celebration by Adolphus Hailstork
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
27.
Ritual and Incantations by Hale Smith
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
28.
Lift Every Voice and Sing by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
29.
Jesus Lay Your Head In by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
30.
Honor, Honor by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
31.
He Never Said a Mumbalin' Word by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
32.
A Change Has Got to Come by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
33.
Swing low, sweet chariot by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
34.
Gospel Train by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Written: USA 
35.
Let us break bread together by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Written: USA 
36.
Witness by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Written: USA 
37.
The Revival by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
38.
This little light of mine by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Written: USA 
39.
Deep river by Traditional
Performer:  William Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
Written: USA 

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