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Land of Pure Delight

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
When Music was the Heart and Soul of Hearth and Home! Jan. 4 2001
By "rrr338" - Published on
This is an extremely well performed collection of vocal pieces by early American composer William Billings. Actually, he was a tanner by trade, and wrote these songs as something of a hobbyist. Amazing -- people back then found all this time for artistic expression, and here we are with all our supposed time-saving technology, seldom finding time to whistle a tune, let alone compose one!
The Billings songs evoke an historical era, and the way of life that found exhuberant expression in common song. Listenting to this disc brings about a mixed reaction from me: joy in the very "social" feeling of the music, and a bit of sadness that we live in an age where people now seem to spend more time at home watching TV or playing computer games. We don't have a TV in our home, and be forewarned... if you listen to this disc and succumb to its spirit, you may trash your own set and insist that the kids partake in a nightly, family "sing along." Oh the beautiful power of music! Also recommended: "New Britain" and "Simple Gifts: Shaker Chants and Spirituals" (Joel Cohen and the Boston Camerata), "The World Turned Upside Down" (Barry Philips). Enjoy!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Pure Delight it is July 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Truly excellent. Great choral blend, intonation, and technical mastery combine with subtle, expressive dynamics to make for a recording worthy of its title. Recording engineering is first rate too. Even though the technical singing and recording quality are very high, the joy and sheer gusto here eliminate any sterility. I was left with the impression that the performers loved every note of this music, and their ability to baste their music with this affection makes for a recording that is indeed A Land of Pure Delight.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Speechless. Aug. 22 2009
By Brooks Gingerich - Published on
This album is very powerful. As a performer, director, and huge choral enthusiast this album is one of my all time favorites. Billings' compositions combined with the powerful texts of Isaac Watts truly make your blood boil. The performance is superb: strong and bold male voices combined with well controlled women's voices. This music revives a true American spirit that makes the listener want to sing along on every song.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Disc of Pure Delight Oct. 3 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
My sentiments parallel those of the reviewers who have come before me. These are wonderful renditions of various anthems and "fuging tunes" of the early American composer. I suppose inclusion of Chester would have made it perfect, but you can't have everything. The performance of Africa, my favorite Billings piece, is utterly magnificent, as is I Am the Rose of Sharon and all the others. If you're going to purchase any Billings discs, you need to start with this one. Absolutely.
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Same CD as "Early American Choral Music, Vol. 1" Nov. 14 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
A great find for William Billings fans!

Note that this CD was reissued under the title "Early American Choral Music, Vol. 1". (There is also "Early American Choral Music, Vol. 2", which is a reissue of a different CD called "Goostly Psalmes".)