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Great Day: Spirituals (Indra Thomas/ Sandra Lutters) (Delos: DE 3427)

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Its almost an instinctive, out-of-body experience for me. I feel totally connected to what I grew up with and I still feel, like I did then, as if God is working through me using me as His extension to reach my audience and touch their souls..

Thus did great American Diva Indra Thomas describe how it feels to perform spirituals which (along with ragtime, blues and jazz) remain one of the main musical legacies of African-American slavery. While it seems ironic that the blessing of spirituals grew out of the curse of slavery, the genre with its primary themes of Christian belief, biblical storytelling, manic jubilation, and sweet relief from earthly suffering in the next life has remained one of Americas most cherished musical artifacts worldwide. This album offers examples of many different types of spirituals, to include some that are believed to have conveyed codes among the cruelly oppressed slaves to aid them in escaping to freedom. Ms. Thomas one of the worlds leading operatic sopranos offers here a selection of our most beloved spirituals that may well even eclipse the legendary recordings of contralto Marian Anderson. Indra brings to them levels of sheer vocal beauty, intense emotional power and sacred sincerity that you may well have never heard in solo spirituals before not to mention the full force of her African-American stylistic heritage. Her breathtaking renditions will make you want to pray, weep, tap your toes, or maybe even get up and dance!

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5.0 out of 5 stars I knew her when... 5 Jun. 2017
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You Go, Indra ! Fantastic singing of well known spirituals by a sadly under recognized performer, who has always channeled Leontyne Price for me. I sang with Indra in a church choir when she was training in Philadelphia. One Sunday the bishop was presiding, and when Indra sang he just looked at her in awe and said: "If I'd only known that we have singing like this in one of our churches, I'd have been here every Sunday". What a voice ! *JQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DAY: INDRA THOMAS SINGS SPIRITUALS 11 Nov. 2012
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A remarkable recording! Indra Thomas has a glorious voice: stunningly expressive and profoundly musical. This recording is an absolute must for anyone who loves and values Spirituals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great singing... deeply moving. 10 Nov. 2012
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If you don't already know the glorious voice of Indra Thomas and you love Spirituals and big wonderful open heated singing you're in for a treat. Ms Thomas may be the best kept opera secret in America. European opera houses know her well. She possesses a full blown lyrico-spinto soprano and is one of the finest Verdi singers around.
In the theater I've heard her sing Verdi, Puccini, Mahler, and Tippet; all great. In person it's a big expansive rich sound with an easy top that makes me wonder why she hasn't sung Wagner (Elsa, Elisabeth) R. Strauss (Ariadne, Kaiserin in Frau) Is anyone out there listening?
This is one of those CDs that improves with each listening. As the daughter of a baptist minister she has all the instincts for this music. She knows how to project joy, drama, sorrow, humor and has a real smile in her voice at the right times all balanced with musician's head and a singers heart. Out of many choice moments: see if you don't get your heart strings tugged listening to "Steal Away".
This is some of the finest performances of these songs for me since the heydays of Shirley Verrett and Leontyne Price.
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