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Classical Album of the Week: Black Composers Series, Recordings from 1974 to 1978

A groundbreaking series of nine recordings from the 1970s

February 18, 2019.  Between 1974 and 1978, a series of new recordings highlighted symphonic and other orchestral works by Black composers written over two centuries.   Now, these nine albums are being re-released along with a tenth bonus CD of symphonic spirituals.  Featuring major orchestras and soloists, the Black Composers Series 1974-1978 is our classical album of the week.  

The series, which  attracted international attention and was acclaimed by critics, includes works by the following composers: 

CD 1: Chevalier de Saint-Georges

CD 2: William Grant Still 

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

CD 3: Ulysses Simpson Kay

George Theophilius Walker

CD 4: Roque Cordero

CD 5: Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia

CD6 :  Jose White

David Baker

CD 7: William Grant Still

Fela Sowande

George Walker 

CD 8: Olly Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Jefferson Anderson, Jr. 

Talib Rasul Hakim

CD9 George Walker

Natalie Hinderas

Hale Smith 

Adolphus Hailstork

CD 9: Symphonic Spirituals