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Anne Azéma|Free America!

Free America!

Anne Azema and The Boston Camerata

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With Joel Cohen holding the conductor’s baton for just under forty years (1969-2008), notably giving us the magnificent anthologies on the theme of Christmas, the Boston Camerata ensemble returns to the label harmonia mundi, forty years after their first projects were published on the French label (such as Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in 1980, or Pierre Certon’s Chansons and the Mass “Sus le pont d'Avignon” in 1979). Here, it is Joel Cohen’s wife Anne Azéma who is conducting the ensemble. This new recital “Free America!” celebrates the themes that fuelled the hopes of the young American Republic in the 1770s and 1860s: rallies, rebellion, battles and their rewards. The pioneers channelled their hopes for the Promised Land into their singing and dancing. They celebrate the Union, freedom, equality, and above all a desire for “new social harmony, a new community credo, in a new land”. Most of the newcomers to the United States came from countries ruled by monarchies and the United States of America emerged as a unique opportunity to establish new governmental regimes that could better cater to the aspirations of each individual, with the hope of achieving greater equality. These simple songs celebrate the founding fathers, as well as heroes of war and politics such as George Washington, or philosophical and spiritual guides such as Thomas Paine. This recital consists of marches, anthems, jigs and songs (inspired by European practices of course) and showcases an early glimpse of the “American” sound, which would in a way be re-exploited by the great American composers of the 20th century (such as Ives and Copland) as they searched for an original sound. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz


The United States of America, a promised land? “Free America!” celebrates the ideas and hopes which preoccupied the young American Republic in the years 1770-1860: the need for freedom of assembly, a willingness to rebel and go into battle fully aware of the cost, but above all, a desire for a new harmony whose songs, hymn tunes, and marches accompany the long journey to a new “promised land.” A powerful message, informing the first collaboration between harmonia mundi and Anne Azéma, now leading the Boston Camerata. © harmonia mundi

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1
Friendly Union
The Boston Camerata
00:02:18

Eric Martin, Soloist, MainArtist - Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

2
The Cuba March - The New Union
The Boston Camerata
00:01:07

Eric Martin, Soloist, MainArtist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Jeremiah Ingalls, Composer - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

3
Bunker Hill
The Boston Camerata
00:01:49

Andrew Law, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

4
Liberty Tree
The Boston Camerata
00:02:49

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Joel Frederiksen, Soloist, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

5
Chester
The Boston Camerata
00:02:36

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

6
Captain Robert Kidd
The Boston Camerata
00:01:06

Eric Martin, Soloist, MainArtist - Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

7
Jolly Soldier
The Boston Camerata
00:02:30

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

8
Boston March
The Boston Camerata
00:01:19

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

9
Saw you my Hero
The Boston Camerata
00:01:08

Eric Martin, Soloist, MainArtist - Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Jesse Lepkoff, Soloist, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist - Deborah Rentz-Moore, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

10
David's Lamentation
The Boston Camerata
00:02:07

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - William Billings, Composer - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

11
Johnny has Gone for a Soldier
The Boston Camerata
00:02:55

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Deborah Rentz-Moore, Soloist, MainArtist - Camila Parias, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

12
Prince William's March
The Boston Camerata
00:01:33

Eric Martin, Soloist, MainArtist - Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Jesse Lepkoff, Soloist, MainArtist - Andrea Wirth, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

13
Repentance
The Boston Camerata
00:02:18

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Deborah Rentz-Moore, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

14
Thirst for Gold
The Boston Camerata
00:02:11

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Joel Frederiksen, Soloist, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

15
My Body Rock 'Long Fever
The Boston Camerata
00:02:47

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Joel Frederiksen, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

16
Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel
The Boston Camerata
00:01:34

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

17
Sanctum Te
The Boston Camerata
00:01:28

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

18
Pretty Home
The Boston Camerata
00:01:17

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Deborah Rentz-Moore, Soloist, MainArtist - Camila Parias, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

19
Hebrew Children
The Boston Camerata
00:01:50

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

20
False are the Men of High Degree
The Boston Camerata
00:01:12

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Commuck, Composer - Camila Parias, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

21
The Rich Man
The Boston Camerata
00:03:15

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Jeremiah Ingalls, Composer - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Deborah Rentz-Moore, Soloist, MainArtist - Camila Parias, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

22
The Jolly Sailor
The Boston Camerata
00:02:16

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Joel Frederiksen, Soloist, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

23
The Appletree
The Boston Camerata
00:01:24

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

24
Trumpet of Peace
The Boston Camerata
00:02:09

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

25
March (Clamanda)
The Boston Camerata
00:01:51

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Deborah Rentz-Moore, Soloist, MainArtist - Camila Parias, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

26
O Zion Arise
The Boston Camerata
00:02:04

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

27
Free Americay!
The Boston Camerata
00:02:09

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

28
Rise Columbia!
The Boston Camerata
00:03:05

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Anne Azéma, Conductor, MainArtist - Joel Frederiksen, Soloist, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Arne, Composer - Camila Parias, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

29
Yankee Doodle or The Lexington March
The Boston Camerata
00:03:23

Anonymous, Composer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - The Boston Camerata, Ensemble, MainArtist - Joel Frederiksen, Soloist, MainArtist - Timothy Leigh Evans, Soloist, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Soloist, MainArtist

2019 harmonia mundi 2019 harmonia mundi

Album Description

With Joel Cohen holding the conductor’s baton for just under forty years (1969-2008), notably giving us the magnificent anthologies on the theme of Christmas, the Boston Camerata ensemble returns to the label harmonia mundi, forty years after their first projects were published on the French label (such as Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in 1980, or Pierre Certon’s Chansons and the Mass “Sus le pont d'Avignon” in 1979). Here, it is Joel Cohen’s wife Anne Azéma who is conducting the ensemble. This new recital “Free America!” celebrates the themes that fuelled the hopes of the young American Republic in the 1770s and 1860s: rallies, rebellion, battles and their rewards. The pioneers channelled their hopes for the Promised Land into their singing and dancing. They celebrate the Union, freedom, equality, and above all a desire for “new social harmony, a new community credo, in a new land”. Most of the newcomers to the United States came from countries ruled by monarchies and the United States of America emerged as a unique opportunity to establish new governmental regimes that could better cater to the aspirations of each individual, with the hope of achieving greater equality. These simple songs celebrate the founding fathers, as well as heroes of war and politics such as George Washington, or philosophical and spiritual guides such as Thomas Paine. This recital consists of marches, anthems, jigs and songs (inspired by European practices of course) and showcases an early glimpse of the “American” sound, which would in a way be re-exploited by the great American composers of the 20th century (such as Ives and Copland) as they searched for an original sound. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz


The United States of America, a promised land? “Free America!” celebrates the ideas and hopes which preoccupied the young American Republic in the years 1770-1860: the need for freedom of assembly, a willingness to rebel and go into battle fully aware of the cost, but above all, a desire for a new harmony whose songs, hymn tunes, and marches accompany the long journey to a new “promised land.” A powerful message, informing the first collaboration between harmonia mundi and Anne Azéma, now leading the Boston Camerata. © harmonia mundi

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