♦ A Loving Home’s A Happy Home: 19th-Century Moravian Parlor Music
by Lisetta and Amelia Van Vleck, Carl Van Vleck & Francis F. Hagen
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Issued by New World Records, this is a two-CD set, (Disc 1 has 15 tracks, Disc 2 has 16) with a variety of vocal and piano music by Salem, NC composers. It will transport you to another time, as though you’re listening to an evening recital in the parlor of your friend’s home.
From the liner notes: Perhaps the most colorful and engaging women in Moravian musical history are the three Van Vleck sisters of the nineteenth century. Born into a family of musical Moravian ministers spanning several generations, these three women all inherited – and made use of – the musical gifts of their ancestors.
Barbara Lister-Sink, solo piano
Hannah Rose Carter, soprano; Mary Siebert, alto; Glenn Siebert, tenor; Jason McKinney, bass-baritone; Susan Keck Foster, piano accompaniment.
Gwyn Michel served as producer for all the recordings and Frank Martin as recording engineer. This CD is not only entertaining and wonderful to hear, but serves an important purpose in the mission of MMF. Music of women composers of this caliber will help put MMF “on the map” in American studies and women’s studies, and will likely create demand for published music of these fine and unique composers.