Professor Dumbledore, headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, said, “Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here.”
American Songfest, the American Boychoir
Who better to sing the music of twentieth century America than the American Boychoir? They have these smooth harmonies that are unique and wonderful.
This is a really fun CD that samples some of the great American composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, and George Gershwin.
I have to smile every time I hear young Francois Suhr singing Summertime from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. His strong piping voice carries well on a song that is usually sung by a woman.
I’ve heard several choirs sing that haunting song Sure On This Shining Night, the James Agee poem set to music by Samuel Barber, but I think this is my favorite.
There is a sweet rendition of Copeland’s Long Time Ago and Michael Tippett’s Steal Away.
This is a must-have CD and also, a friend has been telling me about another ABC album called
"Harmony - American Songs of Faith" (2007) by The American Boychoir and St. Olaf Choir.
He says, " I like it because it takes me back to my childhood with it's "Ole Time Religion" songs."
01 - Kumbaya (American Boychoir & Alumni Chorus)
02 - This Little Light of Mine (American Boychoir)
03 - Jesus Loves Me (American Boychoir & St. Olaf)
04 - Here I Am, Lord (American Boychoir)
05 - Precious Lord, Take My Hand (American Boychoir)
06 - Walk in the Light (American Boychoir & St. Olaf)
07 - Give Me Jesus (American Boychoir)
08 - How Can I Keep from Singing (St. Olaf)
09 - Little Innocent Lamb (American Boychoir)
10 - The Gift of Love (American Boychoir)
11 - Softly and Tenderly (American Boychoir Alumni Chorus)
12 - Earth and All Stars (St. Olaf)
13 - Ose Shalom (American Boychoir)
14 - Shall We Gather at the River (American Boychoir & St. Olaf)
15 - Happy Land (American Boychoir Alumni Chorus)
16 - How Can I Keep from Singing (American Boychoir)
17 - Abide With Me (American Boychoir & Alumni Chorus)
18 - America the Beautiful (American Boychoir)
19 - Amazing Grace (St. Olaf)
20 - When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (American Boychoir & Alumni Chorus)
That is one I don't have yet but I want it.