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Liberty Tree: Early American Music 1776 - 1861 / Cohen, Boston Camerata


Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 4692120   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalWilliam BillingsAnonymousMoses Kimball,   ... 
Performer:  Timothy Leigh EvansDonald WilkinsonJoel FrederiksenMargaret Swanson,   ... 
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston CamerataHarvard University Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performance: ****/Sound: **** The Boston Camerata is one of the many jewels in Erato’s crown. Under Joel Cohen’s direction, this exquisite vocal group of half a dozen voices, plus equally refined instrumental ensemble, invariably serves up beautifully judged performances. The Camerata’s research into the musical literature of the fledgling American Republic, rooted in the diverse European cultures of its founding fathers, has made a valued contribution not just to our musical knowledge, but also to the re-popularising of some lovely forgotten melodies. Here is a clutch of them – the spirited, the bawdy, the patriotic, touching songs of solace or nostalgia. There are surprises: a lightly string-accompanied setting of ‘God Save the King’ Read more proves a French Revolution-inspired feminists’ charter. William Billings, Jeremiah Ingalls, Moses Kimball – these early collectors gave fresh life to tunes which sometimes reached back centuries. An eerie ballad (‘Mary’s Dream’), a gentle Irish Air on solo flute, soprano Anne Azéma leading a female trio in ‘The Blue Bells of Scotland’, a young boy’s voice with guitar (‘The Working Boy’ – precisely the stuff of Britten’s operetta Paul Bunyan) all seem as good a way as any to savour the Boston Camerata sound. The Erato booklet notes are excellent, but weakly printed.

-- Roderic Dunnett, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing the original release]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Jefferson and Liberty by Traditional
Performer:  Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1801; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Chester by William Billings
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Harvard University Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770/1778; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Yankee Doodle by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Harvard University Choir
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Liberty Tree by Anonymous
Performer:  Donald Wilkinson (Baritone), Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1813; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Boston March by Moses Kimball
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Harvard University Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
David's Lamentation by William Billings
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1778; United States 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Rights of Woman by Anonymous
Performer:  Margaret Swanson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Harvard University Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
The Apple Tree by Jeremiah Ingalls
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Dormant by Jacob French
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Hero and Leander by Moses Kimball
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Bass), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Anne Azéma (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Mary's Dream by Jeremiah Ingalls
Performer:  Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Elizabeth Anker (Alto)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1805; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
On the road to Boston by Moses Kimball
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Jolly Soldier by Anonymous
Performer:  Donald Wilkinson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Harvard University Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Jefferson and Liberty by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1801; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
Abraham's Daughter by Anonymous
Performer:  Megan Henderson (Fortepiano), Stephen Falbel (Bass), John Delorey (Tenor),
Joel Frederiksen (Bass), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Brave Wolfe by Anonymous
Performer:  Emily Walhout (Cello), Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Irish Air by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
18.
Blue Bells of Scotland by Traditional
Performer:  Elizabeth Anker (Alto), Anne Azéma (Soprano), Margaret Swanson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
The Working Boy by Traditional
Performer:  Daniel Rothschild Stone (Boy Soprano), Joel Cohen (Guitar), Joel Frederiksen (Guitar),
Jesse Lepkoff (Whistling)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Poor Old Maids by Anonymous
Performer:  Anne Azéma (Soprano), Margaret Swanson (Soprano), Elizabeth Anker (Alto)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Bob in the Bed by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 0 Minutes 32 Secs. 
22.
Ole Tare River by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
23.
The Rose Tree by Traditional
Performer:  Donald Wilkinson (Baritone), Joel Frederiksen (Bass), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: 1838 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
Auld Lang Syne by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
Parting Friends by Traditional
Performer:  Anne Azéma (Soprano), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
26.
Ode to Science by Deacon Janaziah
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Harvard University Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 

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