Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Ambrosia Quartet

Catalog #: TROY1680
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Format: Digital

Distinguished composer Adolphus Hailstork studied at Michigan State University, the Manhattan School of Music, Howard University, and the American Institute at Fontainebleau. He has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. His music has been performed by orchestras around the country and he has received commissions from performing organizations such as the Cincinnati Opera, the Houston Choral Society, and the Atlanta Festival, among many others. He is on the faculty at Old Dominion University. This recording, his fifth for Albany Records, concentrates on music for strings and includes a trio as well as works for string quartet. The Ambrosia Quartet (Simlon Lapointe and Mayu Cipriano, violin; Beverly Kane Baker, viola; and Rebecca Gilmore, cello) are all members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and have been performing as a quartet for more than a decade both in Virginia and around the United States.


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Title Composer Performer
Three Spirituals Adolphus Hailstork Simon Lapointe, violin; Beverly Kane Baker, viola; Rebecca Gilmore, cello
Eslanda Dances Adolphus Hailstork Ambrosia Quartet
Swing Low Sweet Chariot Adolphus Hailstork Ambrosia Quartet
String Quartet No. 3 Adolphus Hailstork Ambrosia Quartet


  • "This is music of noble simplicity. The album opens with a gentle setting of "We Shall Overcome,"the first of Three Spirituals; the piece has a hymnal polyphony that sounds like an African-American combination of Bach and early Ives. There is harmonic ambiguity and ingenuity in the Quartet 3, but this soulful music raarely wanders far from its tonal center. The Ambrosia Quartet, founded in 2002 in southern Virginia, plays with loving sensitivity."

    – American Record Guide

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