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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 

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.