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Album Review

Opera singer Leontyne Price lends her warm soprano to 12 patriotic songs on God Bless America. Charles Gerhardt conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra, supporting Miss Price with bold and full orchestration. While her vibrato is perfectly suited for "America, the Beautiful" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" with goose-pimpling effects, the folky "Blowin' in the Wind" sounds a little too grandiose and loses some of Dylan's original impact. Overall, this is a fine collection of American songs sung by one of the country's true treasures.


Born: February 10, 1927 in Laurel, MS

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

African American Soprano. Won a scholarship to Juilliard in 1949. In 1952 Ms. Price was chosen by Virgil Thomson for a Broadway revival of his Four Saints in Three Acts, and then starred as Bess in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on a world tour. A concert career including first performances of works by Barber and Sauguet was interrupted by a television performance of Tosca. This success along with other operatic appearances set the course of her career. She achieved fame as one of the world's foremost...
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