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Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs / Merriweather, The Dessoff Choirs & Orchestra


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2413  
Composer:  Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Laquita MitchellNoah StewartLucia BradfordMalcolm J. Merriweather,   ... 
Conductor:  Malcolm J. Merriweather
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dessoff ChoirDessoff Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Twentieth-century African American composer Margaret Bonds receives long overdue recognition with the world premiere recording of her crowning achievement, The Ballad of the Brown King. With an expressly written libretto by Bonds’ friend Langston Hughes, this Christmas cantata which focuses on Balthazar, the dark-skinned king who journeyed to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus Christ, is beautifully interpreted by New York City-based The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra, outstanding soloists soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford and tenor Noah Stewart, under the baton of their charismatic conductor, Malcolm J. Merriweather. Bonds authority Dr. Ashley Jackson contributes the inspired liner notes. This unique seasonal album Read more also includes a selection of specially arranged songs, including a setting of Hughes’ seminal poem I, Too, Sing America, performed by baritone Merriweather and Jackson on solo harp. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Ballad of the Brown King by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Laquita Mitchell (Soprano), Noah Stewart (Tenor), Lucia Bradford (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Malcolm J. Merriweather
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dessoff Choir,  Dessoff Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
To a Brown Girl Dead by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Malcolm J. Merriweather (Baritone), Ashley Jackson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Winter Moon by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Malcolm J. Merriweather (Baritone), Ashley Jackson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
4.
Dream Portraits (3) by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Malcolm J. Merriweather (Baritone), Ashley Jackson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; United States 

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