American Angels / Anonymous 4

Album Summary

>Moore, William : Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
>Traditional, American : Abbeville (Come, Holy Spirit, come)
>Anonymous, American : Wondrous Love ("What Wondrous Love Is This"), hymn
>Bradbury, William B. : Sweet Hour of Prayer
>Mann, R.F.M. : Jewett (Amazing grace, how sweet the sound)
>Lewis, Freeman : Dunlap's Creek (My God, my portion and my love)
>Traditional, American : New Britain (Amazing Grace) [The Sacred Harp] (Philadelphia)
>White, Benjamin Franklin : The Morning Trumpet
>Anonymous, American : My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, hymn (to the tune Resignation)
>Swan, Timothy : Poland (God of my life, look gently down)
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Webster, Joseph P. : Sweet by and by for chorus & organ
>Storm : Blooming Vale (O, were I like a feathered dove)
>Davisson, Ananias : Idumea I & II
>Walker, William : Sweet Prospect
>Lowry, Robert : Shall we gather at the river?
>Morgan, Justin : Amanda ("Death like an overflowing stream")
>Traditional, American : Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal (Invitation)
>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
>Bradbury, William B. : Angel Band
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Notes & Reviews:

The group's natural and decidedly non-classical approach to the roots-flavored music on 'American Angels' will suprise and delight listeners accustomed to Anonymous 4's familiar repertoire of medieval music. The collection features 18th-century psalm settings from rural New England, 19th-century shape-note and camp revival songs from the rural South and some of America's best-loved gospel songs.

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Shall we gather at the river, Parting Hand, Amazing Grace...you've never heard it so sweet, pure-voiced, vibrant, and sincere as here...one more round of applause for yet another entertaining, enlightening musical journey from our own American Angels.

Notes & Reviews:

Following what has become something of a standard rite of passage for vocal groups devoted to the music of the medieval and Renaissance periods, the four-voice female ensemble Anonymous 4 here explores the sacred hymnody of 18th- and 19th century America. Unlike, say, the Boston Camerata, however, the members of Anonymous 4 have something of a hard time leaving behind some of the stylistic accoutrements of their usual repertoire (niceties like rolled "R"s, artful dynamic shifts and perfectly accurate pitch) in their approach to this music, which needs none of them. But while their sometimes mannered delivery is occasionally a slight distraction, it never detracts significantly from the beauty of these great melodies, and the creamy perfection of their blend and purity and sweetness of their voices are an utter delight. Many of the songs on this program are standards and will be familiar to those who have spent any amount of time in a Protestant church, especially in the South: "Sweet Hour of Prayer" is one of the great hymns of the American church, and "Wondrous Love" and "Holy Manna" are both revival classics. And "Angel Band" is known to bluegrass fans as one of the great showcases for the voice of Ralph Stanley. Very highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson



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Works Details

>Moore, William : Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1825

>Traditional, American : Abbeville (Come, Holy Spirit, come)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.

>Anonymous, American : Wondrous Love ("What Wondrous Love Is This"), hymn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Bradbury, William B. : Sweet Hour of Prayer
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Mann, R.F.M. : Jewett (Amazing grace, how sweet the sound)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.

>Lewis, Freeman : Dunlap's Creek (My God, my portion and my love)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, American : New Britain (Amazing Grace) [The Sacred Harp] (Philadelphia)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Written: 1860

>White, Benjamin Franklin : The Morning Trumpet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Anonymous, American : My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, hymn (to the tune Resignation)
  • Performers: Johanna Rose (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Swan, Timothy : Poland (God of my life, look gently down)
  • Performer: Marsha Genensky (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Webster, Joseph P. : Sweet by and by for chorus & organ
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Storm : Blooming Vale (O, were I like a feathered dove)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.

>Davisson, Ananias : Idumea I & II
  • Performer: Jacqueline Horner (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.

>Walker, William : Sweet Prospect
  • Performer: Anonymous 4 (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Lowry, Robert : Shall we gather at the river?
  • Performer: Anonymous 4 (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Morgan, Justin : Amanda ("Death like an overflowing stream")
  • Performer: Anonymous 4 (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, American : Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal (Invitation)
  • Performer: Anonymous 4 (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.

>Traditional, American : Parting Friends, folk hymn
  • Performer: Anonymous 4 (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.

>Bradbury, William B. : Angel Band
  • Performer: Anonymous 4 (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic