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Track(s) taken from CDA67575

Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time'

composer
arrangement for unaccompanied chorus, 1958
author of text

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Recording details: June 1995
Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Edgley Smith
Engineered by Paul Proudman
Release date: April 2006
Total duration: 12 minutes 22 seconds
 
1
Steal away  [3'00]
2
Nobody knows  [1'21]
3
Go down, Moses  [3'07]
4
By and by  [1'13]
5
Deep river  [3'41]

Reviews

'Here's a vital and beautifully performed collection of modern a cappella choral music from a most excellent choir with a considerable recording history … it's not a surprise that Mr Summerly and his choir can handle fiendishly difficult modern music with all of the skill, authority and pleasing sound they bring to early music. Hyperion comes through again with a superior booklet and enviable recording quality' (American Record Guide)

'This disc offers considerable rewards in an admittedly parochial field, and also preserves a delectable snap-shot of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford on outstanding form, over a decade ago' (International Record Review)

'You may confidently invest in this disc. Its musical rewards are ample' (Fanfare, USA)
Tippett began his oratorio A Child of our Time as the Second World War broke out and its composition gave the composer a creative outlet for his pacifism (he was later imprisoned as a conscientious objector). Central to the oratorio are the Five Negro Spirituals which function in a similar manner to the chorales in Bach’s Passions. In 1958 Tippett extracted the spirituals from the oratorio and re-scored them for voices alone. The genius of these arrangements lies in Tippett’s ability to take orchestral accompaniments and to make them work as vocal lines. The effect is a grand one in which Tippett retains the directness of expression of the spirituals while lovingly adorning each one with musical gestures which were very much of his own time.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2006

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