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Randall Goosby


Decca Classics

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Interview w/ WUOL
Randall Goosby Plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
1 Xavier Dubois Foley - Shelter Island*  
2 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin / i. Plain Blue/s  
3 ii. Just Blue/s  
4 iii. Jettin Blue/s  
5 George Gershwin - Summertime  
6 A Woman is a Sometime Thing  
7 It ain't necessarily so  
8 Bess you is my woman now  
9 William Grant Still: Suite for violin and piano / i. African Dancer  
10 ii. Mother and Child  
11 iii. Garmin  
12 Florence Price / Adoration*  
13 Fantasie No.1 in G minor*  
14 Fantasie No.2 in F# minor  
15 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor arr. Maud Powell - Deep River  
16 Antonin Dvorak: Sonatina in G major / Allegro Risoluto  
17 ii. Larghetto  
18 iii. Scherzo and Trio  
19 Finale: Allegro  
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Today rising star violinist Randall Goosby announces his debut album Roots, (Decca Classics) is set for release on June 25th. The album is an exploration of the music written by Black composers and inspired by Black American culture. The collection is a homage to the pioneering musicians that paved the way for Goosby and his generation of young artists.  The first single "Adoration" was written by the African-American composer Florence Price and is recorded with violin for the first time ever on Roots. The world premiere recording can be heard here.  Goosby says, "I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this album during such a pivotal moment in history. It has been a year of division and isolation for so many – I hope this music will inspire not only the kind of curiosity and creativity that brings people together, but also the reflection, understanding and compassion we so desperately need moving forward."

"Many of these African-American composers – William Grant Still, Florence Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – had to navigate society at a time when racism, prejudice and segregation were commonplace. Today, artists like myself, and other young artists of colour, enjoy more of a sense of freedom and confidence in pursuing a career in classical music."

Produced by 2021 GRAMMY Producer of the Year, David Frost, the release also includes world premiere recordings of music by Florence Price, lately enjoying renewed recognition across the world. Price made history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major US orchestra in 1933, but after her death, her music faded into obscurity. In 2009, manuscripts of Price's music were rediscovered and saved from destruction from her former home in Illinois: two "Fantasies" are commercially recorded for the first time, and "Adoration" recorded with violin makes its world debut as well. 

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