Various Artists – Black Is Beautiful (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – Black Is Beautiful (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:31 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
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BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL from Dr. Diane Retallack and The Eugene Concert Choir is an ode to hope in the face of injustice. This Navona Records release showcases music by Black composers that shed light on the Black experience including two choral masterworks: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson and the world premiere recording of Dr. Undine Smith Moore’s oratorio Scenes from the Life of a Martyr.

Thompson’s composition is modeled after Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ; in this work, Joel Thompson quotes the last words of seven unarmed African American men killed by police or authority figures. Moore’s oratorio depicts the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, from birth to carefree childhood, young love, a calling to amplify the voice of his people, the hatred he experienced for his commitment, the grief of his untimely death, and the power of his message.

These works are joined by the world premiere of The Hymn! by Stacey V. Gibbs and an arrangement of Glory from the film Selma by Dr. Eugene Rogers.

Tracklist:
1-1. Exigence – The Hymn! (Live) (06:44)
1-2. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 1, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out? (Live) (02:14)
1-3. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 2, What Are You Following Me For? (Live) (01:26)
1-4. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 3, Mom, I’m Going to College (Live) (03:15)
1-5. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 4, I Don’t Have a Gun. Stop Shooting (Live) (00:53)
1-6. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 5, You Shot Me! You Shot Me! (Live) (01:23)
1-7. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 6, It’s Not Real (Live) (02:14)
1-8. Exigence – 7 Last Words of the Unarmed: No. 7, I Can’t Breathe (Live) (03:22)
1-9. John Stevens – Glory (From “Selma”) (Live) (06:37)
1-10. Marques Jerrell Ruff – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: Prologue (Live) (01:31)
1-11. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 1, Whenever a People Is Oppressed They Wait in Hope (Live) (02:28)
1-12. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 2, His Mother Rocked Him Gently with Love and Freedom on Her Mind (Live) (00:44)
1-13. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 3, Songs at the Cradle I (Live) (02:08)
1-14. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 4, Songs at the Cradle II (Live) (00:46)
1-15. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 5, Songs at the Cradle III (Live) (01:30)
1-16. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 6, Ring Game (Live) (02:31)
1-17. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 7, Young Manhood (Live) (00:24)
1-18. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 8, The Voice of My Beloved (Live) (01:56)
1-19. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 9, Arise My Love, My Fair One (Live) (01:48)
1-20. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 10, Set Me as a Seal on Thy Heart (Live) (01:49)
1-21. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 11, He Hath Anointed Me to Preach the Gospel (Live) (02:29)
1-22. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 12, I Never Felt Such Love in My Soul Before (Live) (02:48)
1-23. Marques Jerrell Ruff – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 13, The People Loved Him (Live) (00:43)
1-24. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 14, Martin’s Song (Live) (04:14)
1-25. Marques Jerrell Ruff – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 15, A Good Man (Live) (00:45)
1-26. Diane Retallack – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 16, Martin’s Lament (Live) (02:01)
1-27. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 17, Oh God, How Many Are Them That Hate Me (Live) (01:25)
1-28. Marques Jerrell Ruff – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 18, Words in the Mourning Time (Live) (01:06)
1-29. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 19, They Tell Me Martin Is Dead (Live) (01:44)
1-30. Eugene Concert Choir – Scenes from the Life of a Martyr: No. 20, Tell All My Father’s People Don’t You Grieve for Me (Live) (06:18)

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