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Come to the River / Apollo's Fire

Audio Samples

>Sorrell, Jeannette : Appalachian Barn Dance
>Traditional, American : Nobody but the baby, song
>Traditional Spiritual : Hold On, gospel song
>LaRue, Custer : The fox went out on a chilly night
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Willy prithee go to bed
>Traditional, American : Work(s)
>     Ways of the World / Dusty Miller
>     Morning Trumpet / Oh When Shall I See Jesus
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
>Stewart, Kathie : Lark in the Morning Medley
>Traditional, American : Old Virginny, song
>Traditional, American : The Girl Who Broke My Heart
>Traditional, American : Wild Bill Jones, song
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Traditional, American : Glory in the Meeting House
>Traditional, American : Return Again ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
>Anonymous, American : Wondrous Love ("What Wondrous Love Is This"), hymn
>Sorrell, Jeannette : Dances from New England & Ireland for harpsichord
>Traditional, American : Down to the River to Pray, hymn
>Traditional, American : Old Joe Clark, folk song

Album Summary

>Sorrell, Jeannette : Appalachian Barn Dance
>Traditional, American : Nobody but the baby, song
>Traditional Spiritual : Hold On, gospel song
>LaRue, Custer : The fox went out on a chilly night
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Willy prithee go to bed
>Traditional, American : Work(s)
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
>Stewart, Kathie : Lark in the Morning Medley
>Traditional, American : Old Virginny, song
>Traditional, American : The Girl Who Broke My Heart
>Traditional, American : Wild Bill Jones, song
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Traditional, American : Glory in the Meeting House
>Traditional, American : Return Again ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
>Anonymous, American : Wondrous Love ("What Wondrous Love Is This"), hymn
>Sorrell, Jeannette : Dances from New England & Ireland for harpsichord
>Traditional, American : Down to the River to Pray, hymn
>Traditional, American : Old Joe Clark, folk song
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Apollo's Fire conjures early 19th-century rural Americana with an evocative journey through traditional folk songs, fiddle tunes, barn dances, and the indispensable Old Time revivalist meetings. This is music as old as the hills themselves, a melting pot of Irish, English, and Scottish tunes that permeated Appalachian culture and rural America, based on field recordings of old-time and Appalachian singers.

"Dazzling fiddle playing and delicious swing ... all done with great spirit and brio." - Fanfare

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
A listener might reasonably approach Come to the River: An Early American Gathering, performed by the Cleveland-based Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire, with some trepidation. Some individual classical performers have the instincts to make a convincing transition to folk music, but it seems harder for ensembles, as evidenced by the Boston Camerata's albums of early American popular songs, sung with the polished elegance appropriate to a Haydn mass, and without a glimmer of spontaneity or pleasure. Jeannette Sorell, founder and director of Apollo's Fire, has very good instincts.

The album is a total delight, performed with the highest musical standards, which in this case includes attention to living folk traditions, performing with an improvisatory freedom, and communicating a passionate investment in the emotions of the music, whether the goofy high spirits of "Nobody but the Baby," or the keening sorrow of "The Three Ravens." (It certainly helps that Sorrell spent part of her childhood in rural Virginia and heard some of this music performed very close to its cultural roots.) The added value of having a group of such sophistication perform songs created as popular entertainment is the exceptional beauty of the singing and playing, and the inventiveness of the arrangements, which in every case enhances the original tunes.

Soloists Sandra Simon, Abigail Haynes Lennox, Scott Mello, and Paul Shipper are absolutely stellar, and their unmannered singing is thrilling in its tonal purity and emotional conviction. The program is divided into three sections: Appalachian Wagon Train, Love and Death, and Revival Meeting. The first includes mostly humorous songs performed with a wit that's likely to provoke a smile. Lost love is the theme of the second; the singing and playing, particularly that of soprano Sandra Simon, are achingly poignant. The hymns and songs of the third section come mostly from Southern shape-note singing traditions. Avie's sound is clean, clear, and atmospheric. The program recorded here received a much-deserved American Masterpieces award from the NEA in 2009. Highly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (06/2009/06/2010).



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Works Details

>Sorrell, Jeannette : Appalachian Barn Dance
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Nobody but the baby, song
  • Performers: Scott Mello (Cantor); Sandra Simon (Soprano); Abigail Lennox (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.

>Traditional Spiritual : Hold On, gospel song
  • Performer: Paul Shipper (Drums)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.

>LaRue, Custer : The fox went out on a chilly night
  • Performer: Sandra Simon (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Willy prithee go to bed
  • Performers: Paul Shipper (Drums); Sandra Simon (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, American : Work(s) :: Ways of the World / Dusty Miller
  • Performer: Tina Bergmann (Hammer Dulcimer)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
  • Performer: Sandra Simon (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1611

>Stewart, Kathie : Lark in the Morning Medley
  • Performer: Kathie Stewart (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.

>Traditional, American : Old Virginny, song
  • Performer: Scott Mello (Cantor)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.

>Traditional, American : The Girl Who Broke My Heart
  • Performer: Rene Schiffer (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.

>Traditional, American : Wild Bill Jones, song
  • Performer: Scott Mello (Cantor)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.

>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
  • Performer: Abigail Lennox (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Traditional, American : Glory in the Meeting House
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.

>Traditional, American : Return Again ("Saviour, Visit Thy Plantation"), revival song
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.

>Anonymous, American : Wondrous Love ("What Wondrous Love Is This"), hymn
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Sorrell, Jeannette : Dances from New England & Ireland for harpsichord
  • Performer: Jeannette Sorrell (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Work(s) :: Morning Trumpet / Oh When Shall I See Jesus
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.

>Traditional, American : Down to the River to Pray, hymn
  • Performer: Sandra Simon (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.

>Traditional, American : Old Joe Clark, folk song
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.