Jazz, Pop, Spirituals and the Blues

Dorothy Maynor
Great Performances from the Library of Congress, Volume 24

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This release of this newly re-mastered 1940 recital by the great Dorothy Maynor is cause for celebration. Historian Rosalyn M. Story writes, "In the history of American singers, Dorothy Maynor stands out as an artist endowed with the power to exalt, to transport the hearer above the realm of the ordinary and beyond the limits of normal expectation." A discovery of Serge Koussevitzky, who called her, "a musical revelation," Maynor quickly established herself as one of the great talents of the era. This recital program contains riveting interpretations of songs and arias from the German and French and American repertoire. Maynor's last group, and her encores focus on traditional spirituals. Writing in the Washington Post, Paul Hume called Maynor's voice, "a star-spangled glory; its effortless beauty haunted audiences that came to love the singer as much as the song." It was that kind of communication that endeared Maynor to audiences, and made her one of her country's greatest singers.


It is easy to see why the music critic Paul Hume declared her voice ‘star-spangled glory’ with an ‘effortless beauty that haunted audiences that came to love the singer as much as the song’. The recorded sound is exceptionally good” - American Record Guide

"Each number is a gem: Maynor totally “got” what a song needed, what words to lean into, where to press, where to slow down, where to insert a sly smile to draw out the humor of a text, where to bend a note, where to use her “shouting” voice à la Ma Rainey or her bewitching pianissimo." - People's World



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George Frederick Handel: Oh Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me?
Ludwig van Beethoven: Der Kusse, Op. 128; Adelaide, Op. 46
Robert Schumann: Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25, No. 24
Johannes Brahms: Meine Liebe ist grün
Richard Strauss: Wiegenlied, Op. 41, No. 1; Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, Op. 19, No. 4
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria
Claude Debussy: Beau Soir
Georges Bizet: Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Depuis le jour
Gabriel Grovlez: Guitares et mandolines
Robert Nathaniel Dett: My Day
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: She Rested By the Broken Brook; Thou Art Risen, My Belovéd
Cecil Cohen: Epitaph for a Poet
Spirituals: Lead Me To the Water; I'm Seekin' For a City; I'm Goin' to tell God All My Troubles; Ride On, Jesus, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit; Were You There

Dorothy Maynor, soprano
Arpad Sandor, piano