The Dessoff Choirs, Malcolm J. Merriweather - Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs (2019) [24/96]

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The Dessoff Choirs, Malcolm J. Merriweather - Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs (2019) [24/96]

The Dessoff Choirs, Malcolm J. Merriweather & The Dessoff Orchestra - Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 35:14 minutes | 681 MB
Classical, Choral | Label: Avie Records, Official Digital Download

New York City-based The Dessoff Choirs & Orchestra, with conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather give the world-premiere recording of 20th-century African-American composer Margaret Bonds’ Christmas cantata, The Ballad of the Brown King, alongside a selection of specially arranged songs performed by baritone Merriweather with harpist and Bonds authority Ashley Jackson.

20th-century African-American composer Margaret Bonds receives long overdue recognition with the world-premiere recording of her crowning achievement, The Ballad of the Brown King. With an expressly written libretto by Bonds’ friend Langston Hughes, this Christmas cantata which focuses on Balthazar, the dark-skinned king who journeyed to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus Christ, is beautifully interpreted by New York City-based The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra, outstanding soloists soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford and tenor Noah Stewart, under the baton of their charismatic conductor, Malcolm J. Merriweather. Bonds authority Dr. Ashley Jackson contributes the inspired liner notes.

This unique seasonal album also includes a selection of specially arranged songs, including a setting of Hughes’ seminal poem I, Too, Sing America, performed by baritone Merriweather and Jackson on solo harp.

“This young maestro displays command as well as a terrific sense of humor, enabling him to bring out the best in all the singers.” - New York Arts

Merriweather “compelled the audience to share the experience with him through the force of his gravity and dignified expression” - Opera News

Tracklist:
1. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: I. Of the Three Wise Men (03:30)
2. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: II. They Brought Fine Gifts (02:32)
3. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: III. Sing Alleluia (00:45)
4. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: IV. Mary Had a Little Baby (02:45)
5. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: V. Now When Jesus Was Born (02:08)
6. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: VI. Could He Have Been an Ethiope? (04:52)
7. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: VII. Oh, Sing of the King Who Was Tall and Brown (04:12)
8. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: VIII. That Was a Christmas Long Ago (01:24)
9. Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Orchestra & The Dessoff Choirs – The Ballad of the Brown King: IX. Alleluia (02:40)
10. Malcolm J. Merriweather & Ashley Jackson – To a Brown Girl Dead (02:05)
11. Malcolm J. Merriweather & Ashley Jackson – Winter Moon (01:15)
12. Malcolm J. Merriweather & Ashley Jackson – Three Dream Portraits: I. Minstrel Man (02:20)
13. Malcolm J. Merriweather & Ashley Jackson – Three Dream Portraits: II. Dream Variation (02:38)
14. Malcolm J. Merriweather & Ashley Jackson – Three Dream Portraits: III. I, Too (02:02)

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2019-11-21 10:43:56

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Analyzed: Malcolm J. Merriweather / Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs (1-9)
The Dessoff Orchestra / Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs (10-14)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.02 dB -15.08 dB 3:31 01-The Ballad of the Brown King: I. Of the Three Wise Men
DR11 -0.02 dB -14.88 dB 2:33 02-The Ballad of the Brown King: II. They Brought Fine Gifts
DR10 -0.02 dB -14.18 dB 0:46 03-The Ballad of the Brown King: III. Sing Alleluia
DR9 -0.02 dB -12.91 dB 2:45 04-The Ballad of the Brown King: IV. Mary Had a Little Baby
DR11 -0.84 dB -15.22 dB 2:09 05-The Ballad of the Brown King: V. Now When Jesus Was Born
DR10 0.00 dB -14.65 dB 4:53 06-The Ballad of the Brown King: VI. Could He Have Been an Ethiope?
DR12 -0.15 dB -17.03 dB 4:12 07-The Ballad of the Brown King: VII. Oh, Sing of the King Who Was Tall and Brown
DR10 -0.41 dB -16.33 dB 1:24 08-The Ballad of the Brown King: VIII. That Was a Christmas Long Ago
DR10 -0.02 dB -13.09 dB 2:41 09-The Ballad of the Brown King: IX. Alleluia
DR10 -0.01 dB -15.39 dB 2:06 10-To a Brown Girl Dead
DR11 -3.85 dB -19.24 dB 1:15 11-Winter Moon
DR10 -0.01 dB -14.46 dB 2:20 12-Three Dream Portraits: I. Minstrel Man
DR12 -0.01 dB -17.01 dB 2:38 13-Three Dream Portraits: II. Dream Variation
DR10 -0.01 dB -13.70 dB 2:02 14-Three Dream Portraits: III. I, Too
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Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2592 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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