I am in love with this CD.
Florence Quivar is not as well known in the UK as some of her contemporaries, but I just love the gutsy, often tender, sometimes raw, singing from this sumptuous mezzo voice. (A pity we're not allowed to say contralto these days.)
The arrangements are mostly perfect (I found the Gospel Train a bit disappointing) touching the heart in their simplicity and exactitude. Most are for solo voice and piano (the accompanist, Joseph Joubert, is inspired) but the Harlem Boys' Choir contributes, with sweet effect, to six items.
It's all here in this album: darkness and light, faith and doubt, weariness and exaltation. I didn't expect to enjoy a spiritual as well-worn as "Joshua fit the battle", but Florence Quivar and Joseph Joubert create out of it a mystical experience.
Knowing as we do the terrible circumstances which led to the flowering of this wonderful art, it is hard to listen to this music and not be moved to tears.
I am, every time I listen.