Monday, February 25, 2019

Cedille Records: Free Download of the Week: Margaret Bonds' "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

Songs from Chicago
Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano
Cedille Records

Cedille Records:

We continue our salute to Black History Month this week with a song/text that’s particularly appropriate to the occasion: Chicago composer Margaret Allison Bonds’ (1913–1972) setting of the Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” The performance is from the recent Cedille release Songs from Chicago, featuring superstar baritone Thomas Hampson and noted Chicago pianist Kuang-Hao Huang (our CD of the Week, 25% OFF this week only). The five Chicago composers presented include two African-American women who thrived in the first half of the 20th century — Bonds and her mentor, Florence Beatrice Price — and three different composers’ settings of Langston Hughes texts (John Alden Carpenter in addition to Bonds and Price).

For more tracks like this, please check out our Black Composers on Cedille playlist on Spotify.

Happy Listening,

James Ginsburg

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