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Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers / Liverman, Sanchez


Release Date: 02/12/2021 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 200  
Composer:  Damien SneedHenry Thacker BurleighLeslie AdamsMargaret Bonds,   ... 
Performer:  Will LivermanPaul T. Sánchez
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fast-rising American operatic baritone Will Liverman, tapped for major roles at principal opera houses across the country, makes his Cedille Records debut as a featured artist with Dreams of a New Day, an intimate, heartfelt recital he calls “a passion project . . . years in the making.”

Praised for his “unique combination of eloquence and unpretentiousness” (Opera News), Liverman has assembled a program of songs that portray the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the African American experience through poignant texts and expressive musical settings. His new album, with pianist Paul Sanchez, highlights Black composers across generations, from early 20th-century pioneers Henry Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, and Thomas Kerr to
Read more Robert Owens, Leslie Adams, and contemporary composers Damien Sneed and Shawn E. Okpebholo. Liverman commissioned Okpebholo’s Two Black Churches, which he recently performed to great acclaim at his Kennedy Center recital in conjunction with his winning the 2020 Marian Anderson Vocal Award. The Washington Post review called the set “absolutely devastating, and one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard all year.” This is its world-premiere recording. “One of the most versatile singing artists performing today” (Bachtrack), Liverman concludes the album with his own powerful arrangement of American folk singer-songwriter Richard Fariña’s “Birmingham Sunday.” Dreams of a New Day was recorded by the multiple-Grammy-nominated team of producer James Ginsburg and engineer Bill Maylone. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
I Dream a World by Damien Sneed
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Songs (5) on Poems of Laurence Hope by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Amazing Grace by Leslie Adams
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
4.
Dream Portraits (3) by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; United States 
5.
Riding to Town by Thomas Kerr
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
6.
Two Black Churches by Shawn E. Okpebholo
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Mortal Storm, Op. 29 by Robert Owens
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
8.
Birmingham Sunday by Richard Farińa
Performer:  Will Liverman (Baritone), Paul T. Sánchez (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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