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Steal Away: The African American Concert Spiritual / Seraphic Fire, Patrick Dupré Quigley, piano & conductor

Album Summary

>Carter, Roland : You Must Have That True Religion
>Work III, John W : Little Black Train
>Work III, John W : This Little Light of Mine
>Dawson, William : Ev'ry Tim I Feel The Spirit
>Dawson, William : There Is A Balm In Gilead
>Moore, Undine Smith : Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, hymn for chorus
>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : My Lord, what a mornin'
>Hairston, Jester : Poor Man Lazarus
>Hairston, Jester : Hold On!
>Hogan, Moses : My God Is So High
>Thomas, André : Rockin' Jerusalem
>Thomas, André : Great Day
>Traditional Spiritual : Over My Head
>Traditional Spiritual : Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
>Traditional Spiritual : Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Steal Away: The African American Concert Spiritual" explores the very essence of America's national heritage through the compelling sincerity of the Spiritual. With visceral illustrations of joy, pain, sorrow, and hope of a people yearning for a better life, Seraphic Fire takes a fresh look at this simple and candid expression of the human spirit.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bower Chapel at Moorings Park, Naples, Florida (05/13/2014-05/14/2014).

The designation "African American concert spiritual" may be unique to this recording by the innovative small vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, but it's a useful one. Many of the arrangements of spirituals here have been heard before (only two are by Seraphic Fire conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley), but they've never been put together into a program that represents them as part of a tradition. Of course this tradition is a long one, stretching from the late 19th century down to the present day, and hearing the various ways these melodies may be treated is quite absorbing. Seraphic Fire's readings of these works, will be a matter of taste. Sample the arrangement of This Little Light of Mine by John Work (John Wesley Work III), and see how you like the choir's very careful, controlled approach. There is little of a traditional African American aesthetic of deep emotional sincerity here. This may be to the good: Seraphic Fire is quite a malleable unit in Quigley's hands, and this opens up such novel possibilities as the conclusion with lovely piano-driven arrangements of Were You There? and Steal Away, by Quigley himself. But you need to understand what you're getting into: this is music-making that makes no attempt to replicate the power of African American sacred song. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Carter, Roland : You Must Have That True Religion
  • Performers: Kathryn Mueller (Soprano); Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Work III, John W : Little Black Train
  • Performers: Bryon Grohman; Reginald Mobley; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Work III, John W : This Little Light of Mine
  • Performers: Amanda Crider; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dawson, William : Ev'ry Tim I Feel The Spirit
  • Performers: Charles Evans; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dawson, William : There Is A Balm In Gilead
  • Performers: Patrick Quigley (Piano); Meredith Ruduski; Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moore, Undine Smith : Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, hymn for chorus
  • Performers: James Bass (Bass Baritone); Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire; Steven Soph
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Burleigh, Henry Thacker : My Lord, what a mornin'
  • Performers: Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hairston, Jester : Poor Man Lazarus
  • Performers: Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hairston, Jester : Hold On!
  • Performers: Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hogan, Moses : My God Is So High
  • Performers: Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire; Steven Soph
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas, André : Rockin' Jerusalem
  • Performers: Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Thomas, André : Great Day
  • Performers: Mela Dailey; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional Spiritual : Over My Head
  • Performers: Reginald Mobley; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional Spiritual : Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
  • Performers: Charles Evans; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional Spiritual : Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual
  • Performers: Reginald Mobley; Patrick Quigley (Piano); Seraphic Fire
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic