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The Vasari Singers: Spirituals by The Hymn Makers

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, Gospel, Top Rated
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A selection of well known spirituals sung by a leading chamber choir.

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  1. 1. Every Time I Feel The Spirit
  2. 2. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  3. 3. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  4. 4. Nobody Knows
  5. 5. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  6. 6. Were You There-
  7. 7. My Lord What A Morning
  8. 8. Didnít My Lord Deliver Daniel-
  9. 9. Roll Jordan Roll
  10. 10. Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho
  11. 11. Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)
  12. 12. I Want To Be Ready (Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John)
  13. 13. Deep River
  14. 14. Steal Away
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8/10

Reviewed by Simon Carpenter

It might be just me, but I don't think spirituals sound their best or most effective when sung by an English chamber choir. Yes, I have heard of Tippett's Child Of Our Time but used there they are in a different context. Having said that, the Vasari Singers are outstanding, and here, directed by Jeremy Backhouse and accompanied by Christopher Norton on the piano, they give tasteful arrangements of some well known and less well known spirituals including "Swing Low Sweet chariot", "Were You There?" and "Go Down Moses."

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 82647
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: KMCD2994
Items: 3
Release Date: 04 Sep 2009

A selection of well known spirituals sung by a leading chamber choir.

Spirituals originated among slaves in the United States.

They were often forbidden to speak in their own language and they expressed themselves in religious ways using African melodies and rhythms. Combined with the European hymn styles that they were exposed to, religious songs developed that had strong emotions, rich harmonies and words centering on lifeís struggles and the overcoming of those struggles through hopes for the next life.

This album contains new arrangements of some of the best-loved Spirituals including Nobody Knows The Trouble Iíve Seen, Were You There, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and My Lord What A Morning. Featuring beautiful solo voices as well as rich harmonies, these timeless and heartfelt songs never fail to move the listener.

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