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The Rose of Sharon: 100 Years of American Music, 1770-1870

Audio Samples

>Potter, Addah Z. : Lay me low
>White, Benjamin Franklin : The Morning Trumpet
>Traditional, American : He Comes, the Hero Comes!
>Phile, Philip : The President's March ("Hail, Columbia")
>Traditional, American : The Death of General Wolfe
>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, dance
>Billings, William : Be Glad Then America
>Billings, William : God Is the King, hymn
>Billings, William : I Am the Rose of Sharon
>Traditional, English : The Gentlemen Soldier, folk song
>Ingalls, Jeremiah : Leander
>Traditional, Scottish : Drumdelgie
>Ingalls, Jeremiah : Northfield
>Traditional, English : Captain Kidd
>Walker, William : Wondrous Love (from The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion)
>Bates, Issachar : Come Life, Shaker Life, song
>Traditional, Shaker : O Love, Sweet Love, hymn
>Traditional, Shaker : And Now My Dear Companions
>Traditional, Shaker : Who Will Bow and Bend Like a Willow?
>Traditional, Shaker : My Carnal Life I Will Lay Down
>Traditional, Shaker : Stubborn Oak, hymn
>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
>Traditional, Shaker : The Army of the Free
>Randall, James Rider : Maryland, My Maryland!
>Webster, Paul F. : Lorena
>Emmett, Daniel : Dixie
>Wood, Al : Dance Me a Jig, song
>Foster, Stephen : Hard times come again no more
>Traditional Spiritual : Sinner Man, spiritual
>Warner, Massah Miksch : Hear, O Lord, When I Cry, hymn

Album Summary

>Potter, Addah Z. : Lay me low
>White, Benjamin Franklin : The Morning Trumpet
>Traditional, American : He Comes, the Hero Comes!
>Phile, Philip : The President's March ("Hail, Columbia")
>Traditional, American : The Death of General Wolfe
>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, dance
>Billings, William : Be Glad Then America
>Billings, William : God Is the King, hymn
>Billings, William : I Am the Rose of Sharon
>Traditional, English : The Gentlemen Soldier, folk song
>Ingalls, Jeremiah : Leander
>Traditional, Scottish : Drumdelgie
>Ingalls, Jeremiah : Northfield
>Traditional, English : Captain Kidd
>Walker, William : Wondrous Love (from The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion)
>Bates, Issachar : Come Life, Shaker Life, song
>Traditional, Shaker : O Love, Sweet Love, hymn
>Traditional, Shaker : And Now My Dear Companions
>Traditional, Shaker : Who Will Bow and Bend Like a Willow?
>Traditional, Shaker : My Carnal Life I Will Lay Down
>Traditional, Shaker : Stubborn Oak, hymn
>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
>Traditional, Shaker : The Army of the Free
>Randall, James Rider : Maryland, My Maryland!
>Webster, Paul F. : Lorena
>Emmett, Daniel : Dixie
>Wood, Al : Dance Me a Jig, song
>Foster, Stephen : Hard times come again no more
>Traditional Spiritual : Sinner Man, spiritual
>Warner, Massah Miksch : Hear, O Lord, When I Cry, hymn
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On Rose of Sharon, Joel Frederiksen and the Ensemble Phoenix present a program of rarely heard American vocal music from the 18th and 19th centuries. The release takes its name from a passage in the Song of Solomon that was set by William Billings in his 1778 book "The Singing Master's Assistant." Billings is widely considered the father of American choral music. In his day, singing schools spread all over New England and played an important role in the development of an independent music tradition in America. With songs by the Quakers, Shakers and the Moravian Brethren as well as selections from the collections "The Sacred Harp" and "Southern Harmony," the music on Rose of Sharon spans the years between the Declaration of Independence to the end of the Civil War - a crucial period in the political and cultural birth of a new nation.

Artists:
Joel Frederiksen (bass)
Ensemble Phoenix, Munich

"As a well-organized and finely considered concept album, this one pretty much defines the term. It is a lot to bite off though—American music in this particular hundred years period is actually a lot vaster and more expansive than can possibly be caught on one well-filled album—but as an introductory sampler, this is really good stuff. One hopes that it won’t stop here, and that Frederiksen and company can talk Harmonia mundi into another outing... All the performances here are noteworthy, very idiomatic, and passionately sung with a great deal of enthusiasm... the connection among these styles is fascinating, and Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich, singers and players, are very fine indeed. An easy recommendation for everyone interested in this music, and that should be just about everybody." -Audiophile Audition

"What Frederiksen does is not so much song recital as musical storytelling, a forgotten fireside art. How rare to find a record that is both historically authentic and truly original." -The Evening Standard

The New York Times - Jim Oestreich
The real gem here is the disc from the Munich-based Ensemble Phoenix, directed by the American abroad Mr. Frederiksen: a widely varied collection of musical Americana rendered with consistent beauty and restraint. Mr. Frederiksen sets a soulful tone at the start with a solo rendering of the Shaker spiritual "Lay Me Low" and later adds the sober ballads "The Death of General Wolfe" and "Captain Kidd." Three numbers by the great New England hymnist William Billings include the classic song that gives the album its title, "I Am the Rose of Sharon." A Civil War segment looks southward with the instrumental ditty "Dixie's Land" and the song "Maryland, My Maryland." A sheaf of Shaker spirituals offers two delectable solos: "O Love, Sweet Love," performed by Deborah Rentz-Moore, a mezzo-soprano, and "Stubborn Oak," by Ms. Brotherton. The other discs are to listen to and mostly enjoy. This one is to treasure, from beginning to end.

"Frederiksen has compiled a fascinating compendium of “America’s early music”. We hear works that sound like Victorian parlour songs; tunes from the old country’s folk styles; pieces that recall the West Gallery traditions of English country churches. Yet a more confident American identity emerges, trading on a certain directness of manner." -The Sunday Times

"Frederiksen and his musicians are as imaginative as they are respectful and zealous...and this CD is a viable recital, not just a catalogue...Is 'Rose of Sharon' of potential interest to non-Americans? Definitely. As already mentioned, it has been assembled with the average listener in mind, not academics. Furthermore, the performances are consistently gracious and winning." -International Record Review

"From a seemingly unlikely source — the Munich-based Ensemble Phoenix, directed by an American, Joel Frederiksen — this was the gem among recordings of Americana this year. Mr. Frederiksen sings the Shaker spiritual “Lay Me Low” soulfully and leads a sprightly version of “Simple Gifts.” Three numbers by William Billings include the title cut, “I Am the Rose of Sharon.” There are songs of the Civil War and more." -The New York Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reitstadel in Neumarkt (Oberpfalz) (05/2010).



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Works Details

>Potter, Addah Z. : Lay me low
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>White, Benjamin Franklin : The Morning Trumpet
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, American : He Comes, the Hero Comes!
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.

>Phile, Philip : The President's March ("Hail, Columbia")
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1793

>Traditional, American : The Death of General Wolfe
  • Performers: Timothy Evans (Tenor); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Timothy Evans (Drum)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.

>Traditional, American : Jefferson and liberty, dance
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.

>Billings, William : Be Glad Then America
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Billings, William : God Is the King, hymn
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral

>Billings, William : I Am the Rose of Sharon
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, English : The Gentlemen Soldier, folk song
  • Performers: Timothy Evans (Drum); Timothy Evans (Tenor); Andreas Haas (Flute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.

>Ingalls, Jeremiah : Leander
  • Performer: Deborah Rentz-Moore (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Scottish : Drumdelgie
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Ingalls, Jeremiah : Northfield
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, English : Captain Kidd
  • Performers: Karen Walthinsen (Violin); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.

>Walker, William : Wondrous Love (from The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion)
  • Performer: Lydia Brotherton (Voice)
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bates, Issachar : Come Life, Shaker Life, song
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Shaker : O Love, Sweet Love, hymn
  • Performer: Deborah Rentz-Moore (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Shaker : And Now My Dear Companions
  • Performers: Timothy Evans (Tenor); Timothy Evans (Drum); Lydia Brotherton (Voice); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar); Joel Frederiksen (Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Shaker : Who Will Bow and Bend Like a Willow?
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Shaker : My Carnal Life I Will Lay Down
  • Performers: Timothy Evans (Tenor); Timothy Evans (Drum)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Shaker : Stubborn Oak, hymn
  • Performer: Lydia Brotherton (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 18th Century

>Traditional, Shaker : The Army of the Free
  • Performers: Timothy Evans (Tenor); Timothy Evans (Drum); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Randall, James Rider : Maryland, My Maryland!
  • Performers: Deborah Rentz-Moore (Voice); Lydia Brotherton (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Webster, Paul F. : Lorena
  • Performers: Axel Wolf (Guitar); Andreas Haas (Flute); Joel Frederiksen (Bass); Joel Frederiksen (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Emmett, Daniel : Dixie
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Wood, Al : Dance Me a Jig, song
  • Performers: Karen Walthinsen (Violin); Timothy Evans (Drum); Timothy Evans (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Foster, Stephen : Hard times come again no more
  • Performers: Lydia Brotherton (Voice); Deborah Rentz-Moore (Voice)
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Traditional Spiritual : Sinner Man, spiritual
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.

>Warner, Massah Miksch : Hear, O Lord, When I Cry, hymn
  • Conductor: Joel Frederiksen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral