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  • Audio CD (Feb. 24 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000001SI5
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Morning For The World ('Daybreak For Freedom')
2. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: Hosanna Filio David
3. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: At The Center Of Nonviolence
4. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: Cor Jesu
5. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: In The Struggle
6. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: Et Flagellis Subditum
7. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: Death Is Inevitable
8. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: Stabat Mater
9. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: We've Got Some Difficult Days Ahead
10. The Passion Of Martin Luther King: Finale

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I bought this CD for the New Morning For The World track. I head the version on the "New Morning for the World: "Daybreak of Freedom" so I do have a comparison.

I thought that the string on this track were much less emotional than on the other CD, however the speaker on the other reminds me of an old fish. While on this on the speaker almost uses to broad of a range in his voice. Over I believe that the other recording is better since the difference between the talent of the speakers is small than the difference between the talent of the orchestra. Therefore check out New Morning for the World: "Daybreak of Freedom" instead.

Now only if we could get Martin Luther King Jr to do this...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Exploring New Worlds July 4 2009
By Music Is Everything - Published on
Most composers are derivative, but Joseph Schwantner has developed a unique harmonic and rhythmic language of his own, and his "New Morning for the World" is the reason this recording is worth almost any price you might pay for it. For large orchestra and narrator, "New Morning for the World" intertwines powerful music with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. Schwantner uses every orchestral resource imaginable, orchestrating fascinating textures within a harmonically complex but utterly persuasive framework. Narrator Raymond Bazemore seems out of touch in the first one or two readings, but effectly soars and booms thereafter. King's words are met with virtuoso percussion, eerie string harmonics, powerful brass, soulful chorales, and exciting rhythms throughout. In short, "New Morning for the World" is a true twentieth century masterpiece, an absolute "must hear," and shines in this--the best recording to date.

While Slatkin's recording with the National Symphony may look like a tempting alternative, the narration is tragically bland and Slatkin engages in his trademark annoyance: Any time the tempo is below "Allegro," he screeches to a halt, loses all momentum, and allows phrases to collapse, with string players running out of bow and wind players running out of air, while Slatkin himself bumbles onward, oblivious.

Also on this dis is "The Passion of Martin Luther King" by Nicolas Flagello, and again well-recorded and worth hearing, but not in the same class with "New Morning for the World" and even backsliding into Latin mass text. Bazemore is a fine vocal soloist and the Portland Symphonic Choir performs well.

All things considered--excellent new music, fine performance, inspiring concept--recordings like this are rare in the Classical catalogs and not to be missed. Without question, "New Morning for the World" is an essential experience. Enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Remembering Dr. King Jan. 19 2009
By Erik North - Published on
On this very day in 2009 that we commemorate what would have been the 80th birthday of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this tremendous recording that combines two King-related works, Joseph Schwantner's "New Morning For The World"; and Nicolas Flagello's "The Passion of Martin Luther King", is an appropriate way to pay homage to a man who helped liberate America from the bondages of slavery, and set us on a path away from racial injustice and towards the ideal of what America could be.

Both works take their inspiration from the grand speeches that King gave. Schwantner's piece, for narrator and orchestra, bears more than a passing resemblance to Aaron Copland's beloved "Lincoln Portrait", and is just as imposing. Raymond Bazemore masterfully recites Dr. King's speeches from the height of the civil rights movement in such a way that one cannot help but stand up and take notice. In Flagello's choral work, which utilizes both King's speeches, along with various adaptations of Latin texts, and was composed in 1968 in the wake of Dr. King's assassination, Bazemore's booming bass voice is joined by the Portland Symphonic Choir. All are masterfully anchored by the Oregon Symphony Orchestra under the sterling direction of James DePreist, one of our nation's greatest modern-day conductors, who just happens to be African-American as well. This is a perfect way to celebrate the birth of one of the true heroes in American history, a man who stood not only for American values, but the values of the human soul, regardless of skin color or ethnicity.
Mingling of text and classical music Jan. 25 2014
By kmrotterdam - Published on
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I heard most of this piece years ago on a NPR music review, and after studying some Martin Luther King texts with my students, I was reminded of this musical piece and ordered a copy from Amazon to share with my students. I really enjoy the mingling of classical music and the selected dramatic words of MLK; the classical music bolsters and intensifies the impact of MLK's words. The entire CD is really almost like a long meditation, and in fact, I think I might use it when I meditate again. Even is a listener is not really into classical music, I think he/she can still appreciate the power of the both music and words.

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