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Spirituals

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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg/RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00000GV4D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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ANDERSON MARIAN

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This reissue of 30 spirituals that were originally recorded between 1936 and 1952 presents the legendary Marian Anderson at her peak. Her unique vocal characteristics are everywhere in evidence: the incredible range, the ability to change color and inflection, sometimes creating the illusion of two different voices, and the organ-like resonance and enveloping warmth. There are also traces of Anderson's one weakness: a slightly tremulous vibrato. Her expressive response to this repertoire, always simple, direct, and deeply felt, came from the heart and spoke to the heart. The songs, mostly familiar favorites, are selected for maximum variety. Anderson brings out every nuance of their character and emotional range, from lamenting to swinging, jazzy, and triumphant. Franz Rupp, Andersons's long-time partner whom she credited with introducing her to German lieder, is equally at home in the many styles of these American songs. --Edith Eisler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituals Sung by the First African-American to Sing at the Met 21 May 2016
By Paul Moreau - Published on Amazon.com
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Thirty great spirituals sung by a trained classical voice. Marian Anderson was primarily a singer of arias and was the first African-American allowed to perform at the Met. This was an exceptional accomplishment as she was primarily a singer and not an actress - not to forget to mention that she was black. Marian Anderson paved the way for Leontyne Price to join the Met and become its' Prima Donna.

She is certainly an important person in American history, particularly because she fought to overcome the many obstacles blocking her path towards a career in classical singing.

Note that all of these Marian Anderson CDs do have some degree of surface noise and some degree of static. obviously these CDs were made from old 78s that were worn to the point that it was impossible to recover noise free recordings. I can only be thankful that the producers of these CDs had enough wisdom to quit trying to remove the noise when going further would have degraded the vocals. All too often, the people who produce CDs from old records go so far in reducing the background noise that they greatly damage the content we are paying for.

If you simply can't put up with surface noise in your music, these CDs are not for you whether or not you want to hear an exceptional voice. If you aren't bothered by a bit of background noise and are interested in listening to an amazing voice, then I highly recommend this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply without compare 11 May 2013
By robert m johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many recordings of spirituals by many different artists, but Marian Anderson was in a league by herself. No one else has come close. I would have to say she had a very deep relationship with Jesus. To paraphrase Arturo Toscanini, a voice like hers comes along once in a hundred years. The simple accompaniment by a piano only is perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marian Anderson 1 May 2014
By Oma L Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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My father always loved her singing and would "shushh" me whenever she came on the radio - back in the day. I learned as a white girl to respect people of a different color through their talents and enormous gifts to the world at large. Marian Anderson has no equal nor will she ever have any loss of admiration of her great talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful Singer. 26 Nov. 2013
By Terrie - Published on Amazon.com
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For me Marian Anderson had the finest voice I have ever heard. The deepness of her contralto has shades of emotion and feelings and the reverence I have never heard in other voices . A beautiful singer. Also loved the song selection, many spirituals I have never heard before.
4.0 out of 5 stars Only piano accompaniment 13 Feb. 2017
By Jean - Published on Amazon.com
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Too much of one voice with piano. Thought there would be some different accompaniments.
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