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'America Again'

Magazine article Gramophone

'America Again'

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'America Again'

Arlen Over the Rainbow Beach From Blackbird Hills Berlin Blue Skies (arr Art Tatum) Bernstein Anniversary for Stephen Sondheim Bloch At Sea Coleridge-Taylor Deep River Copland Sentimental Melody Ellington Melancholia Gould American Caprice Gershwin I loves you, Porgy (arr Nina Simone) Hanson Slumber Song R Harris Li'l Boy Named David L Harrison New York Waltzes Joplin Gladiolus Rag Negron Sueno recurrente F Price Fantasie negre Sanford Promise Traditional Shenandoah D Visconti Lonesome Roads--Nocturne Lara Downes pf

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The title of Lara Downes's new disc comes from Langston Hughes's poem 'Let America be America again', which speaks of dreams and love. Certainly the music the pianist imbues with deep affection, energy and spirit can be said to embody those qualities. It also reflects the multiculturalism that is at the root of the melting-pot nation.

Of the 19 composers represented here, two were immigrants (Irving Berlin, Ernest Bloch), four are/were African American (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, David Sanford, Duke Ellington), one is Puerto Rican (Angelica Negron) and one is anonymous (creator of Shenandoah). …

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