Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland and Spirituals

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Traditional Spirituals
1.  City Called Heaven
2.  Ride On, King Jesus
3.  Were You There?
4.  Weepin’ Mary
5.  Go Down, Moses
6.  Leanin’ On That Lamb
7.  My God Is So High
8.  Witness

Old American Songs
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Set 1
9.  The Boatmen’s Dance
10. The Dodger
11. Long Time Ago
12. Simple Gifts
13. I Bought Me a Cat
Set 2
14. The Little Horses
15. Zion’s Walls
16. The Golden Willow Tree
17. At the River
18. Ching-a-Ring-Chaw
Jubilant Sykes
Sings Copland and Spirituals
with the London Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Litton, Conductor
'Jubilant Sykes' voice is extraordinary. He isn't merely an outstanding singer, his voice is art at its highest expression.'  - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perhaps no vocalist of our time possesses a more exquisitely versatile instrument than the Grammy®-nominated (Best Classical Recording 2010) American baritone Jubilant Sykes.

Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland and Spirituals shines with hallmark brilliance, a revelation of rich vocal timbre and expressive interpretation. The results are stunning. Sykes’ first recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, made at Abbey Road Studios, will endure as one of his finest–and, perhaps more than any other, help to define this great singer's artistry.


On a cool, clear March morning, as baritone Jubilant Sykes and members of the London Symphony Orchestra gathered in London's legendary Abbey Road Studio One for this recording, there was an air of excitement and anticipation, the unmistakable feeling that something significant was about to take place. After recording the intensely powerful spiritual, Were You There?, the studio fell completely silent, suppressing the emotion that the performance had instilled in all those present. After the requisite silence, spontaneous shouts of “bravo,” applause, and the sound of rapping on music stands crescendoed from the appreciative orchestra. It confirmed what all who hear this recording surely must realize — that when Mr. Sykes was named “Jubilant,” the title was apt.

— David Thomas