Annotation

This release has not been editing according to CSG because it's the performers, not the composers, who are highlighted here. The works are choral arrangements of traditional and folk tunes, and some pieces that seem to have been composed specifically for this release. The main track list on the back cover lists the performers with no mention of composers or arrangers, and has the following statements alongside it:

"Four of the country's leading vocal ensembles are captured in this moving, accessible survey of American choral music."

"This album serves as a perfect introduction to the unparalleled beauty and power of the human voice."

I believe there are at least two significant typos in the liner notes:

First, Linden Lea is credited to Douglas E. Warner as the arranger. I can't find any reference to Douglas E. Warner except in relation to this album. There is a well-known and published choral arranger Douglas E. Wagner, whose works include Linden Lea. In this case, I gave the credit to Wagner, because the difference is one letter, the circumstantial evidence is compelling, and he already has similar credits in the database.

Second, the St. Olaf Chior is supposed to have been recorded at Bethany Lutheran Church in Northfield, MN. There is, as far as I can tell, no Bethany Lutheran Church in Northfield, MN. There is, however, a Bethel Lutheran Church. Since St. Olaf College is in Northfield, my sense is the city is correct and Bethany should have been Bethel. However, it's uncertain enough that I created it as credited and put this information in the annotation.

Annotation last modified on 2019-12-05 23:28 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 I Hear America Singing The Northwest Girlchoir 1:48
2 Overture The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble 5:56
3 Shenandoah The St. Olaf Choir 3:59
4 Linden Lea The American Boychoir 2:42
5 The Promise The Moses Hogan Chorale 1:59
6 Let America Be America Again The Moses Hogan Chorale 4:32
7 Shenandoah The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble 5:06
8 Who Can Sail? The Northwest Girlchoir 2:35
9 Interlude #1 (The Promise) The Northwest Girlchoir 1:26
10 Goin' Home The St. Olaf Choir 5:02
11 Basin Street Blues The Moses Hogan Chorale 4:18
12 Interlude #2 (Grass Roots) Guy Davis 1:18
13 This Is My Country The Moses Hogan Chorale 3:09
14 Common Ground The St. Olaf Choir 2:51
15 Away From the Roll of the Sea The Northwest Girlchoir 3:47
16 Mr. Banjo The Moses Hogan Chorale 1:41
17 Grass Roots The Moses Hogan Chorale 2:49
18 The Promise The Moses Hogan Chorale 2:28

Credits

CD 1

guitar:
Guy Davis (Blues musician) (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (track 12)
harmonica:
Guy Davis (Blues musician) (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (track 12)
percussion:
Seandell Phillips (percussionist) (1995-05-27) (tracks 16–17)
piano:
Thomas Goeman (pianist) (track 4)
Lynn Hutchinson (pianist) (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (track 10)
Dwight Beckmeyer (pianist) (1995-05-21) (tracks 8, 15)
Moses Hogan (1995-05-27) (tracks 6, 13, 16–17)
tenor saxophone:
Michael Pierce (saxophonist) (1995-05-27) (track 6)
arranger:
Ed Bogas (track 1)
Stuart Calvert (track 15)
James Erb (track 3)
Moses Hogan (tracks 6, 11, 13, 16–17)
Byron Olson (tracks 2, 5, 7, 14, 18)
Douglas E. Wagner (tracks 4, 4)
assistant engineer:
Darcy Proper (1995-05-27) (tracks 5–6, 11, 13, 16–17)
assistant recording engineer:
Glenn Carty (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7, 12)
choir vocals:
American Boychoir (track 4)
The St. Olaf Choir (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (tracks 3, 10, 14)
The Northwest Girlchoir (1995-05-21) (tracks 1, 8–9, 15, 18)
The Moses Hogan Chorale (1995-05-27) (tracks 5–6, 11, 13, 16–17)
composer:
Ralph Vaughan Williams (English composer) (track 4)
Ed Bogas (tracks 1–2, 5–6, 9, 12, 14, 17–18)
William Arms Fisher (track 10)
Byron Olson (track 2)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 3, 7–8, 16)
Antonín Dvořák (composer) (1893) (track 10)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (English composer) (1901) (track 4)
Spencer Williams (US jazz composer, pianist & singer) (1926) (track 11)
Al Jacobs (1940) (track 13)
conductor:
James Litton (conductor and choir master) (track 4)
Byron Olson (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7)
Anton Armstrong (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (tracks 3, 10, 14)
Rebecca Rottsolk (1995-05-21) (tracks 1, 8–9, 15, 18)
Moses Hogan (1995-05-27) (tracks 5–6, 11, 13, 16–17)
instruments arranger:
William Arms Fisher (track 10)
lyricist:
William Barnes (tracks 4, 4)
Ed Bogas (tracks 5, 9, 14, 18)
James C. Crimmins (tracks 5, 9, 12, 17–18)
Langston Hughes (track 6)
Don Raye (track 13)
Walt Whitman (track 1)
Spencer Williams (US jazz composer, pianist & singer) (track 11)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 3, 7–8, 16)
William Arms Fisher (1922) (track 10)
mixer:
John McCracken (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7, 12)
John Vanore (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7, 12)
John Vanore (1995-05-27) (tracks 5–6, 11, 13, 16–17)
orchestra:
The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7)
orchestrator:
Byron Olson (tracks 2, 14)
producer:
John McCracken (tracks 1–3, 5–18)
John Vanore (tracks 1–3, 5–18)
Karl Held (track 4)
recording engineer:
Karl Held (track 4)
John McCracken (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7, 12)
John Vanore (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7, 12)
John McCracken (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (tracks 3, 10, 14)
John Vanore (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (tracks 3, 10, 14)
John McCracken (1995-05-21) (tracks 1, 8–9, 15, 18)
John Vanore (1995-05-21) (tracks 1, 8–9, 15, 18)
Richard King (engineer with Sony Music Studios, NYC from 1992–2007) (1995-05-27) (tracks 5–6, 11, 13, 16–17)
solo baritone vocals:
Jay Hall (baritone, performed with Moses Hogan Chorale) (1995-05-27) (track 5)
solo soprano vocals:
Bridget Bazile (soprano, performed with Moses Hogan Chorale) (1995-05-27) (track 5)
solo tenor vocals:
Gary Foster (tenor, performed with Moses Hogan Chorale) (1995-05-27) (track 17)
Brian Stratton (tenor, performed with Moses Hogan Chorale) (1995-05-27) (track 16)
William Wiloughby (tenor, performed with Moses Hogan Chorale) (1995-05-27) (track 6)
translator:
publisher:
recorded at:
Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (tracks 2, 7, 12)
Bethany Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota, United States (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (tracks 3, 10, 14)
St. Thomas Center in Bothell, Washington, United States (1995-05-21) (tracks 1, 8–9, 15, 18)
Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (1995-05-27) (tracks 5–6, 11, 13, 16–17)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 324) (track 7)
arrangement of:
Linden Lea (track 4)
Shenandoah (track 3)
arrangements:
Going Home (Louis Clark arrangement) (track 10)
Goin’ Home (overtone arrangement) (track 10)
Linden Lea (arr. The Full English) (track 4)
Linden Lea (arr. Wagner) (track 4)
Linden Lea (arr. Ottewill) (track 4)
Shenandoah (arr. Sametz) (track 7)
Shenandoah (for orchestra, Dragon) (track 7)
Shenandoah (arr. Conrad Susa) (track 7)
Shenandoah (arrangement for flute & strings) (track 7)
Shenandoah (arr. Chilcott) (track 7)
Shenandoah (arr. Erb) (track 7)
Shenandoah (sea shanty, arr. Marshall Bartholomew) (track 7)
instrumental recording of:
Grass Roots (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (track 12)
Shenandoah (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (track 7)
The Promise (1995-05-21) (track 9)
is based on:
later translated versions:
家路 (track 10)
orchestrations:
partial recording of:
The Promise (1995-05-21) (track 18)
The Promise (1995-05-27) (track 5)
recording of:
Linden Lea (track 4)
Linden Lea (arr. Wagner) (track 4)
Overture (1995-05-16 – 1995-05-24) (track 2)
Common Ground (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (track 14)
Goin’ Home (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (track 10)
Shenandoah (arr. Erb) (1995-05-17 – 1995-05-18) (track 3)
Away From the Roll of the Sea (arr. Calvert) (1995-05-21) (track 15)
I Hear America Singing (1995-05-21) (track 1)
Who Can Sail? (1995-05-21) (track 8)
Basin Street Blues (1995-05-27) (track 11)
Grass Roots (1995-05-27) (track 17)
Let America Be America Again (1995-05-27) (track 6)
Michieu Banjo (1995-05-27) (track 16)
This Is My Country (American patriotic folk song) (1995-05-27) (track 13)
referred to in medleys:
translated version of: