Journey to the New World - Duarte, Niles, etc / Sharon Isbin, Joan Baez, Mark O'Connor

Album Summary

>Anonymous, English : Drewie's Accordes, for 2 lutes
>Dowland, John [Composer] : My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66
>Anonymous, English : La Rossignol, for 2 lutes (from the Jane Pickering Lute Book)
>Johnson, John : Greensleeves for consort
>Traditional : The Drunken Sailor
>Anonymous : Wild Mountain Thyme
>York, Andrew : Andecy, for guitar
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Duarte, John W. : Joan Baez Suite, for guitar, Op. 144
>Niles, John Jacob : Go Away From My Window
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Strings & Threads Suite, version for violin & guitar
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Sharon Isbin (guitar); Joan Baez (vocals).

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA; SUNY Purchase College Concert Hall, Purchase, NY.

When the word "crossover" is used to refer to a classical artist like guitarist Sharon Isbin, it usually indicates an intention by the artist to appeal to a broader audience than the usual one for classical music. Isbin's album Journey to the New World can be described as a crossover effort in this regard, but she seems to have had another sort of crossover in mind in terms of the collection's theme. Musically, the selections depict a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Great Britain to North America. Isbin begins with traditional British music and British folk, performing the works of lute player John Dowland and others upfront. She then makes a transition to American folk music by playing tunes that came across the ocean in centuries past. In this effort, she enlists folksinger Joan Baez, who is heard before and after the seven-part "Joan Baez Suite," first singing a couple of verses of "Wayfaring Stranger," and then, after Isbin has presented her versions of songs like "The House of the Rising Sun" and "The Lily of the West," returning for "Go `Way from My Window." The third part of the album finds Isbin moving on to the next step in the journey of traditional folk music, i.e., to becoming American country music. The 13-part "Strings & Threads Suite" is a full-scale duet collaboration with country fiddler Mark O'Connor on a variety of brief jigs, reels, and waltzes. The two performers, though coming from different traditions, work together well, effecting a conclusion to the journey to the new world that the album makes musically. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Anonymous, English : Drewie's Accordes, for 2 lutes
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Dowland, John [Composer] : My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1626

>Anonymous, English : La Rossignol, for 2 lutes (from the Jane Pickering Lute Book)
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Johnson, John : Greensleeves for consort
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional : The Drunken Sailor
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.

>Anonymous : Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.

>York, Andrew : Andecy, for guitar
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1986.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
  • Performers: Joan Baez (Voice); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Duarte, John W. : Joan Baez Suite, for guitar, Op. 144
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Niles, John Jacob : Go Away From My Window
  • Performers: Joan Baez (Voice); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Strings & Threads Suite, version for violin & guitar
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006