"This recording is first class all the way... the superb balance, robust sound and natural phrasing… the originality and creativity!" – The Chronicle Herald
"... simple, beautifully rendered spiritual messages in song, stunning in their frank juxtaposition of classical textures and jazzy harmonies, a perfect reflection of the history of a community in sound." - The Globe and Mail
The debut recording of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale features the most enduring songs of inspiration, hymns, and arrangements of spirituals by the choir's namesake, Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett.
Nathaniel Dett was born in Drummondville, Ontario in 1882 and died in October, 1943. He was dedicated to the cause of Black music, winning the Bowdoin and Frances Boott prizes in 1920 from Harvard University for his paper, The Emancipation of Negro Music and for his motet, "Don't Be Weary Traveller".
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The Chorale is comprised of classically trained, multi-faceted singers whose work seeks to challenge us to broaden our vision to include all styles and genres of music in the traditions of the African Diaspora.
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.
Catalog: MAR 293
All music by R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943)
- Don't Be Weary, Traveler
- I'll Never Turn Back No More
- Let Us Cheer The Weary Traveler (Listen)
- Hew 'Round the Tree (Listen)
- Listen To The Lambs
- Weeping Mary
- O Holy Lord
- The Chariot Jubilee (Listen)
- On That Sabbath Morn
- Dust, Dust And Ashes
- Ave Maria
- Go Not Far From Me, O God
Total playing time: 65:17
The DVD Carry Me Home features music from this CD, and much more.