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American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption, & Glory

Anonymous 4

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The four women of Anonymous 4 are not the first early music ensemble to release an album of American religious music, but they bring to American Angels their characteristic precise harmony singing and investigative musical spirit. American Angels is largely devoted to shape-note hymnody, a tradition so called because the note heads in its printed hymnals may have square, triangle, or diamond shapes in addition to the usual round ones. The shapes helped rural singers learn to read music, and on several numbers Anonymous 4 follows the curious traditional practice of singing the hymn through in solmization syllables (fa-sol-la-mi) before adding the words on the second go-round. The shape-note tradition gave America "Amazing Grace" and several more of its best hymns. Travel down Southern back roads far enough and you can still find shape-note singers, also known as Sacred Harp singers after the name of their favorite "tunebook." Listeners who know the tradition may be nonplussed by Anonymous 4's ethereal sound, for regular shape-note singers belt out tunes at an unchanging maximum volume, an approach that a piece like "The Morning Trumpet" seems to demand. Yet there's much to be said for Anonymous 4's approach. Shape-note hymnody, which migrated down the Appalachian spine from the Northeast, features harmonies that would be considered wrong by traditional European standards; its harmonic practices had rural English and ultimately medieval origins. Anonymous 4's singing lets you feel every open fifth, every stark interval. In addition to two versions of "Amazing Grace," "Wayfaring Stranger," and "Shall We Gather at the River" are other favorites that make the album enjoyable for general listeners even as Anonymous 4 backs up what it does with extensive research. Once again, this remarkable group has managed to take up unfamiliar material and deliver a compelling musical experience.
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Holy Manna (William Moore)

1
Holy Manna
00:02:19

Anonymous 4, Primary - William Moore, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Abbeville (E.J. King)

2
Abbeville
00:02:30

Marsha Genensky, Primary - E.J. King, Composer - Marsha Genensky, Soloist

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Wondrous Love (Christopher James)

3
Wondrous Love
00:02:40

Anonymous 4, Primary - Christopher James, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Sweet Hour Of Prayer (William Batchelder Bradbury)

4
Sweet Hour of Prayer
00:03:17

Anonymous 4, Primary - William Batchelder Bradbury, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Jewett (R.F.M. Mann)

5
Jewett
00:03:15

Anonymous 4, Primary - R.F.M. Mann, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Dunlap's Creek (Lewis Freeman)

6
Dunlap's Creek
00:02:19

Anonymous 4, Primary - Lewis Freeman, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

New Britain (Amazing Grace) (Benjamin Shaw)

7
New Britain (Amazing Grace)
00:03:09

Anonymous 4, Primary - Benjamin Shaw, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

The Morning Trumpet (B.F. White)

8
The Morning Trumpet
00:03:27

Anonymous 4, Primary - B.F. White, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Resignation (Lewis Freeman)

9
Resignation
00:03:13

Anonymous 4, Primary - Lewis Freeman, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Poland (Timothy Swan)

10
Poland
00:02:59

Anonymous 4, Primary - Timothy Swan, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Wayfaring Stranger (John M. Dye)

11
Wayfaring Stranger
00:02:52

Anonymous 4, Primary - John M. Dye, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Sweet By And By (JOSEPH P. WEBSTER)

12
Sweet By And By
00:02:54

Anonymous 4, Primary - JOSEPH P. WEBSTER, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Blooming Vale (J.P. Storm)

13
Blooming Vale
00:02:40

Anonymous 4, Primary - J.P. Storm, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Idumea (Ananias Davisson)

14
Idumea
00:03:39

Anonymous 4, Primary - Ananias Davisson, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Sweet Prospect (William Walker)

15
Sweet Prospect
00:03:08

Anonymous 4, Primary - William Walker, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Shall We Gather At The River (Robert Lowry)

16
Shall We Gather At The River
00:04:57

Anonymous 4, Primary - Robert Lowry, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Amanda (Justin Morgan)

17
Amanda
00:02:22

Anonymous 4, Primary - Justin Morgan, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Invitation (William Walker)

18
Invitation
00:02:36

Anonymous 4, Primary - William Walker, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Parting Hand (William Walker)

19
Parting Hand
00:03:01

Anonymous 4, Primary - William Walker, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

Angel Band (William Batchelder Bradbury)

20
Angel Band
00:03:09

Anonymous 4, Primary - William Batchelder Bradbury, Composer - Anonymous 4, Ensemble

2004 Harmonia Mundi USA Harmonia Mundi USA 2004

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The four women of Anonymous 4 are not the first early music ensemble to release an album of American religious music, but they bring to American Angels their characteristic precise harmony singing and investigative musical spirit. American Angels is largely devoted to shape-note hymnody, a tradition so called because the note heads in its printed hymnals may have square, triangle, or diamond shapes in addition to the usual round ones. The shapes helped rural singers learn to read music, and on several numbers Anonymous 4 follows the curious traditional practice of singing the hymn through in solmization syllables (fa-sol-la-mi) before adding the words on the second go-round. The shape-note tradition gave America "Amazing Grace" and several more of its best hymns. Travel down Southern back roads far enough and you can still find shape-note singers, also known as Sacred Harp singers after the name of their favorite "tunebook." Listeners who know the tradition may be nonplussed by Anonymous 4's ethereal sound, for regular shape-note singers belt out tunes at an unchanging maximum volume, an approach that a piece like "The Morning Trumpet" seems to demand. Yet there's much to be said for Anonymous 4's approach. Shape-note hymnody, which migrated down the Appalachian spine from the Northeast, features harmonies that would be considered wrong by traditional European standards; its harmonic practices had rural English and ultimately medieval origins. Anonymous 4's singing lets you feel every open fifth, every stark interval. In addition to two versions of "Amazing Grace," "Wayfaring Stranger," and "Shall We Gather at the River" are other favorites that make the album enjoyable for general listeners even as Anonymous 4 backs up what it does with extensive research. Once again, this remarkable group has managed to take up unfamiliar material and deliver a compelling musical experience.
© TiVo

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