Songs for the Soul
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Enjoy the artistry of Nnenna Freelon and Mallarmé Chamber Players who offer performances of extraordinary music by African-American compsoers.

Mallarmé Chamber Players, the distinguished ensemble based in Durham, North Carolina presents a program of chamber music by African American composers. Spanning several generations of composers, the recording includes works by Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989); Thomas Jefferson Anderson (b. 1928); William Banfield (b. 1961) and Anthony Kelley (b. 1965). Six-time Grammy Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon joins Mallarmé to perform Soul Gone Home by William Banfield, which, along with Grist for the Mill by Anthony Kelley, was commissioned by the ensemble. You can go to this link to hear a fascinating interview done by WUNC Radio in Chapel Hill with Nnenna Freelon, William Banfield and representatives from the Mallarmé Chamber Players and Videmus Records, who produced the recording.
Contents:
Undine Smith Moore, composer
Afro-American Suite
Mallarmé Chamber Players

Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
Spirit Songs
Mallarmé Chamber Players

William Banfield, composer
Soul Gone Home
Nnenna Freelon, vocalist, Mallarmé Chamber Players, William Banfield, conductor

Anthony Kelley, composer
Grist for the Mill
MallarmÄ Chamber Players

Review:
"Kudos to all the composers and performers on this disc...This disc is a terrific introduction to some composers who may not be familiar and whose music, uniformly, is reflective of their culture and personal history but which stands very favorably on its own as any good piece of music should." (Audiophile Audition)

"Nnenna Freelon is as good as perfect, hitting precisely the right point between 'classical' performance and jazz, slipping into speech effectively when asked. ...Soul Goes Home is well worth going out of your way to hear." (Fanfare)
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