African Heritage Symphonic Series - Vol. II

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African Heritage Symphonic Series - Vol. II

Chicago SinfoniettaPaul Freeman

  • CDR 90000 061


The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the recording (not applicable to all albums)

    • Overture to Theater Set (1968) (4:28)

    • ULYSSES KAY (1917-1995)

      Overture to Theater Set (1968) (4:28)

    • Lyric for Strings (1941) (5:17)

    • GEORGE WALKER (b. 1922)

      Lyric for Strings (1941) (5:17)

    • I. Marcha Grotesca (1:00)

    • ROQUE CORDERO (b. 1917)

      Eight Miniatures for Small Orchestra * (1948) (11:47)

      I. Marcha Grotesca (1:00)

    • II. Meditacion (1:14)

    • II. Meditacion (1:14)

    • III. Pasillo (1:06)

    • III. Pasillo (1:06)

    • IV. Danzonete (1:26)

    • IV. Danzonete (1:26)

    • V. Nocturno (2:27)

    • V. Nocturno (2:27)

    • VI. Mejorana (1:03)

    • VI. Mejorana (1:03)

    • VII. Plegaria (1:16)

    • VII. Plegaria (1:16)

    • VIII. Allegro Final (2:12)

    • VIII. Allegro Final (2:12)

    • An American Port of Call * (1985) (8:32)

    • ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK (b. 1941)

      An American Port of Call * (1985) (8:32)

    • Ritual and Incantations (1974) (12:45)

    • HALE SMITH (b. 1925)

      Ritual and Incantations (1974) (12:45)

    • Epitaph for a Man who Dreamed * (1979) (7:37)


      Epitaph for a Man who Dreamed * (1979) (7:37)

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Not since the LP era of the 1970s has there been anything like Cedille Records' African Heritage Symphonic Series.

Volume II features compositions by exceptional Black composers from the 1940s to the 1980s, performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta led by its founder and music director, Dr. Paul Freeman,"one of the finest conductors our nation has produced." (Fanfare)

Ulysses Kay's ebullient Overture to Theater Set (1968) exudes a broad and good-natured energy. George Walker's intensely romantic Lyric for Strings (1941) is one of the great gems of the string orchestra repertoire. With his acclaimed Eight Miniatures for Small Orchestra (1948), Panama's Roque Cordero succeeded in synthesizing the avant-garde techniques he learned in the U.S. with the Latin and Afro-Caribbean music of his homeland. Accented with archetypal African drumming patterns, Hale Smith's Ritual and Incantations (1974), radiates an aura of mystery and suspense. Adolphus Hailstork's An American Port of Call (1985) takes the listener on a lush, fanciful, and jazzy excursion. Ten years in the making, Hailstork's Epitaph for a Man who Dreamed (1979) pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King with passages of exquisite tenderness and noble power.

Critic Reviews

American Record Guide (www.americanrecordguide.com)

"Led by conductor Paul Freeman, who has championed these composers for many years, the Chicago Sinfonietta gives excellent readings of these first-rate works."

ClassicsToday.com (ClassicsToday.com)

"10/10 -- It's hard to imagine more committed or more ideally suited advocates for this exceptional and compelling music."

Raymond Tuttle Fanfare

"As always, Cedille's engineering is spectacular, with plenty of spatial realism and warmth . . . Freeman and Cedille let the music speak for itself, and speak it certainly does."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 51:02

Recorded: May 10, 1995 (Tracks 3-11, 13) & January 15, 2001 (Tracks 1, 2, 12) in Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.
James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone Cover
Photography: Martin Luther King Jr. Before a Speech © Bettman/CORBIS and Memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. © Flip Schulke/CORBIS. License granted by Intellectual Properties Management, Atlanta, Georgia, as manager of the King Estate.
Design: Melanie Germond
Notes: Dominique-Rene de Lerma

* Under license from Platinum Entertainment, Inc.

©2001 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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