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Sing Freedom! African American Spirituals

Music/settings by Craig Hella Johnson, David Lang, Robert Kyr, Tarik O’Regan and others

Recorded October 2010 at Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen, IN

Conspirare presents some of the beloved twentieth-century arrangements alongside some lesser known settings. Includes premiere recordings of new settings by important composers of our day: David Lang, Tarik O’Regan and an original composition by Robert Kyr based on African musical traditions. Settings by Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ) are also included.

“A highly developed, artistic performance. Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare offer a recording that elevates the genre of the spiritual to an entirely new level of art music, challenging us to reconsider its place in choral repertoire.” — Choral Journal

“Soul stirring music … performed to the highest vocal ensemble standard and recorded in excellent sound … first-rate singing by this world-class choir … Recommended.” — Classics Today

[Conspirare] transfixes you in this new recording … everything on this disc is bound to rivet you to your seat, when you’re not grooving on the outpouring of choral joy.” — Gramophone (full review)

  1. Motherless Child (arr. CHJ)
  2. A City Called Heaven (arr. Leonard de Paur)
  3. Soon Ah Will Be Done / I Wanna Die Easy (arr. CHJ)
  4. Soon Ah Will Be Done (arr. William L. Dawson)
  5. Hard Trials (arr. CHJ)
  6. Hold On (arr. Moses Hogan)
  7. Been in de Storm / Wayfaring Stranger (arr. CHJ)
  8. Oh Graveyard (Lay this Body Down) (arr. David Lang)
  9. Ain’-a That Good News! (arr. William L. Dawson)
  10. Steal Away (arr. Michael Tippett)
  11. Walk Together, Children (arr. Moses Hogan)
  12. I Got a Home in-a Dat Rock (arr. Moses Hogan)
  13. Lily of the Valley (arr. Wendell Whalum)
  14. Plenty Good Room (On the Glory Train) (Kirby Shaw)
  15. My God Is a Rock (arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw)
  16. Freedom Song (Robert Kyr)
  17. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Tarik O’Regan)