Mosaic: African-American Spirituals
ANGELA BROWN, soprano Mosaic: African-American Spirituals TROY721 - Price: $16.99
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Lovely, touching renditions of spirituals by an exciting voice on the brink of a major opera career.

On October 29, 2004, Angela Brown made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Aida in the great Verdi opera. Hailed in Opera News as "one of America's most promising Verdi sopranos," she was a National Metropolitan Opera Council Audition winner in 1997. The 2003 - 2004 season marked a new high for Miss Brown's career as it encompassed four highly successful role debuts, a Carnegie Hall debut, two glowing reviews each from The New York Times and Opera Now and word to the wise to keep a watch on her career from Opera News. It all began in Spring 2003, as she stepped in for one performance of Ariadne in Philadelphia and received this review from Opera Now: "In one of those dramatic twists that are the stuff of opera, the soprano covering the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Metropolitan Opera got her chance to sing it - at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The young American soprano Angela Brown took over one performance...She (Ms. Brown) has a powerhouse of an instrument, shimmering with color and imaginatively used, and she knows how to take center-stage." Then, in the fall of 2004, Angela sang an unexpected performance and her debut as Leonora in Opera Company of Philadelphia's Il Travatore. In January, 2004, she made her debut as Elisabetta in Don Carlo with Opera Company of Philadelphia receiving this praise from The New York Times: "Angela Brown, a soprano, brought dignity and shimmering pianos, and hit a bull's-eye with her final aria." Opera News wrote: "Angela Brown revealed herself as a soprano to watch. Brown displayed good command of Verdi's style, imaginative phrasing and a warm, expressive voice." Opera Now said: "Angela Brown's beautiful lyric soprano voice was ideal for Elisabetta. She floated pianissimos that seemed to hang in space, shimmering, and she had plenty of power for her last big scene." It is an especial privilege for Albany Records to present a magnificent soprano on the brink of a major career.
Contents:
Moses Hogan, arr.
Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar

Roland Hayes, arr.
Roun' about de Mountain
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar

Margaret Bonds, arr.
Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Cryin'
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar

Florence Price, arr.
My Soul's Been Anchored
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar

Angela Brown, arr.
City Called Heaven
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar

Angela Brown, arr.
Give Me Jesus
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar

Evelyn Simpson-Currenton, arr.
O Glory
Angela Brown, soprano

Undine Smith Moore, arr.
Come Down Angels
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Moses Hogan, arr.
He Never Said a Mumblin' Word
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Undine Smith Moore, arr.
Watch and Pray
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Moses Hogan, arr.
Walk Together Children
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Moses Hogan, arr.
Deep River
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Joseph Joubert, arr.
This Little Light of Mine
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Evelyn Simpson-Currenton, arr.
Lord, How Come Me Here
Angela Brown, soprano

Margaret Bonds, arr.
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Angela Brown, soprano, Joseph Joubert, piano

Betty Jackson King, arr.
Ride Up in the Chariot
Angela Brown, soprano, Tyron Cooper, guitar, Joseph Joubert, piano

Review:
"No doubt we will be hearing much more of Angela Brown in the future. Until then, we have this thrilling recital, one that deserves the widest possible audience." (ClassicsToday.com)

"[Angela Brown] obviously loves these songs, and her rich voice moved me to tears on several occasions. ...Highly recommended!" (AfroAmericanHeritage.com)
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