America Again

Lara Downes

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Original Recording Format: DXD

 

The American dream is, perhaps by definition, an impossible one. But where would we be without it? This beautiful, impossible dream, of liberty and justice, of a better life in a better place, inspires us, time and again, to achieve the impossible – to journey into the vast unknown, to cross oceans, deserts, and mountains on a wing and a prayer. The Dream brought us here in the first place. The Dream carried the pioneers across miles of wilderness, and called multitudes over oceans and through the gates of Ellis Island. The Dream moved millions of black Americans to migrate north in search of “the warmth of other suns”. The Dream inspired Dr. King to speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and rouse a generation to change. The Dream comes down to us from our parents, and we pass it along to our children. We hold onto the dream; still and again and despite everything, that America will be America again. 

Tracklist

1.
American Caprice
05:03
2.
New York Waltzes - I. Waltz in C
00:46
3.
New York Waltzes - II. Hesitation Waltz
01:08
4.
New York Waltzes - III. Waltz in A
01:19
5.
Shenandoah (arr. for piano)
03:57
6.
From Blackbird Hills, Op. 83
03:50
7.
24 Negro Melodies, Op. 59 - No. 10. Deep River
05:16
8.
Lonesome Roads - Nocturne
01:51
9.
Poems of the Sea III. At Sea - Allegro vivo (version for piano)
04:19
10.
Porgy and Bess, Act II - I Loves You, Porgy (arr. N. Simone for piano)
04:19
11.
Sueno Recurrente
02:46
12.
13 Anniversaries - No. 3. For Stephen Sondheim
01:22
13.
Promise
02:40
14.
Slumber Song
02:34
15.
Gladiolus Rag
03:43
16.
The Jazz Singer - Blue Skies (arr. A. Tatum for piano)
03:23
17.
Fantasie negre
07:09
18.
Blues No. 1 (Sentimental Melody - Slow Dance)
01:35
19.
Melancholia
03:01
20.
Li'l boy named David
03:16
21.
The Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow (arr. for piano)
03:02

Total time: 01:06:19

Additional information

Label

SKU

DSL92207

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Digital Converters

Horus

Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Daniel Shores

Mastering Room

Legacy Audio speakers

Original Recording Format

Producer

Dan Merceruio

Recording Engineer

Daniel Shores

Recording location

Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date November 1, 2016

Press reviews

Music Web International

For me the highlight of this collection is Downes’s haunting – and very beautiful – rendition of Shenandoah. It actually moved me to tears, such is the ache and poise in every bar. It’s so well paced and proportioned, and for the first time I found myself in a rare state of immersion – of heightened sensitivity – that’s more typical of live concerts than recordings. Downes is the real magician here, but the gorgeous sound certainly helps. This is the kind of piano recording I dream about, where all artifice melts away and the pianist is right there in the room, playing for me and me alone. Quite extraordinary (and not a little spooky).

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