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Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering / Apollo's Fire on baroque instruments

Album Summary

>Sorrell, Jeannette : The Mountains of Rhùm
>Traditional : Farewell To Ireland
>Traditional, Canadian : Rant and Roar
>Traditional : The Cruel Sister
>Traditional : Nottamun Town
>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
>LaRue, Custer : The fox went out on a chilly night
>Traditional Spiritual : Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep
>Sorrell, Jeannette : Sugarloaf Mountain
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Fanfare
Wonderfully exuberant ... simply delightful.

Following the Billboard Classical chart-topper Come to the River (AVR 2205), which conjured early 19th-century rural Americana, Apollo's Fire presents an award-winning program created by director Jeannette Sorrell, which follows the joys and sorrows of Celtic immigrants who settled in Appalachia. Sparkling fiddle tunes and haunting ballads of the British Isles mingled with American shapenote hymns and African spirituals, creating the soulful music known as Appalachian. Passing through love and loss, dancing and prayer, the music overflows in celebration as the people of the mountains raise their communal voices.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (06/17/2014-06/19/2014).

The Cleveland, Ohio, Baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire have a freshness perhaps born of their isolation from the major currents of historical performance, and with their Come to the River album of early American music in 2010 they even achieved a measure of commercial success. Sugarloaf Mountain, they point out, is not a sequel to the earlier release but might be termed a prequel: the material predates the music on Come to the River, investigating American music's Scots and Irish roots. It is very easy for classical groups to become irredeemably cutesy when performing folk material, but that does not occur here. There are three reasons for this. First is that the Baroque instrumental ensemble is a closer cousin to Celtic music than most other classical groups are, and in fact a London audience of the 18th century might well have heard these tunes in something like the arrangements offered here by director and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell. Second, Sorrell, who came of age as a musician partly in the rural South, has a way with this music, and she gets the right straightforward tone out of her vocalists and musicians. Finally, Sorrell assembles her traditional materials into the right kind of loose sequence: neither an assortment of unconnected tunes nor an imposed narrative. Instead, she divides the program into categories: after a prologue, "The Mountains of Rhúm," come sections entitled "Crossing to the New World," "Dark Mountain Home," "Cornshuck Party," "Love & Loss," "Glory on the Mountain" (a pair of sacred songs), and "Appalachian Home." The overall effect applies song to experiences Irish and Scottish immigrants to Appalachia might indeed have had, without forcing them into an artificial story. The effect is entirely compelling, by turns funny, tragic, and even grisly. About the only drawback is the un-idiomatic church sound. This release should match the classical Top Ten chart performance of its predecessor, and continue to gain international attention for this forward-thinking group. ~ James Manheim

Includes traditional work(s) by Irish Traditional, Anonymous, Scottish, Unspecified.



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>Sorrell, Jeannette : The Mountains of Rhùm
  • Performers: Ross Hauck (Voice); Madeline Healy; Amanda Powell (Cantor); Sian Ricketts; Corey Shotwell; Jeffrey Strauss (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional : Farewell To Ireland
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.

>Traditional, Canadian : Rant and Roar
  • Performers: Ross Hauck (Voice); Amanda Powell (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.

>Traditional : The Cruel Sister
  • Performers: Madeline Healy; Amanda Powell (Cantor); Sian Ricketts; Corey Shotwell; Jeffrey Strauss (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.

>Traditional : Nottamun Town
  • Performers: Brian Kay (Bass); Brian Kay (Dulcimer)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.

>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
  • Performer: Ross Hauck (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.

>LaRue, Custer : The fox went out on a chilly night
  • Performer: Amanda Powell (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional Spiritual : Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep
  • Performer: Amanda Powell (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.

>Sorrell, Jeannette : Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Performers: Madeline Healy; Sian Ricketts; Corey Shotwell; Jeffrey Strauss (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary