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Journey to the New World

Sharon Isbin Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. Winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid and Toronto Competitions, she was also the first guitarist ever to win the Munich ... Read more in Amazon's Sharon Isbin Store

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  • Conductor: Sharon Isbin
  • Composer: Sharon Isbin
  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B001R4SYOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Drewry's Accords
2. Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
3. La Rossignol
4. Greensleeves
5. The Drunken Sailor
6. Wild Mountain Thyme
7. Andecy
8. Wayfaring Stranger
9. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/I. Fantasia: Once I had a Sweetheart; Rambler Gambler; Barbara Allen
10. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/II. The House of the Rising Sun
11. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/III. The Lily of the West
12. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/IV. The Unquiet Grave
13. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/V. Silkie
14. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/VI. Where have all the Flowers Gone?
15. Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144/VII. Finale: Rake and Rambling Boy; Wildwood Flower; The Trees they do Grow High
16. Go 'Way From My Window
17. Strings & Threads Suite/I. Fair Dancer Reel
18. Strings & Threads Suite/II. Sailor's Jig
19. Strings & Threads Suite/III. Captain's Jig
20. Strings & Threads Suite/IV. Off to Sea
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Grandmother's Chamber Music May 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a review by John Hodges from the Juilliard Journal Online.

Joan Baez was one of guitarist Sharon Isbin's childhood heroes, so perhaps it was inevitable that they would eventually collaborate, and the joyous results are at the heart of a new Sony CD, Journey to the New World. Baez adds haunting vocals on "Wayfaring Stranger," which, thanks to arranger Carlos Barbosa-Lima, deftly steers away from treacle. She returns later in breathy, beautiful form for Isbin's transcription of John Jacob Niles's "Go 'Way From My Window." Both make fine bookends to the Joan Baez Suite (2002) by John Duarte, who died in 2004. It's a shame he didn't live to hear this recording. Using roughly 12 of Baez's songs, Duarte crafted a moody yet mellow tribute that shows off Isbin's expertise. A high point comes in the bittersweet "Where Have All the Flowers Gone": some arresting chord changes herald the traditional "Taps."

Isbin, who founded and chairs Juilliard's guitar department, begins the CD with four Renaissance duets, originally for lute and arranged for her playing both parts. Most impressive is the melodic invention of John Johnson's "Greensleeves," and I was struck by the haunting, anonymously attributed begins the CD with four Renaissance duets, originally for lute and arranged for her playing both parts. Most impressive is the melodic invention of John Johnson's "Greensleeves," and I was struck by the haunting, anonymously attributed "Le Rossignol." The generous disc also includes Andrew York's brief Andecy, a popular valentine to folk music of the British Isles.

The program ends with Mark O'Connor's Strings & Threads Suite, originally for violin solo, but here arranged for guitar and violin (the latter raptly played by O'Connor).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey of Infinite Artistry April 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Have no doubt, this CD confirms that Sharon Isbin is a most generous, brilliant artist with a gift to touch the soul. Her latest (2009) CD brings an entirely new dimension of lyrical virtuosity to light. From the remarkable tonal color palette expressed masterfully in the opening 16th century flavored works, to the haunting "Andecy" which evokes a sensuality and beauty beyond words... Like a mysterious stranger who beckons... A brand new recording of "Wayfaring Stranger" begins with Isbin's intro, a cascade of notes sounding like a auditory magical spring rain, leading to Joan Baez's unearthly vocals. This poetic collaboration is absolutely heavenly. The Baez Suite that follows is enthralling. The concluding Mark O'Connor Strings and Threads Suite shows how truly alive and modern the classical guitar can be when its voice sings under Isbin's fingers. This is a CD that is a must in your collection and active on your MP3 player/iPod! There is very smooth sailing and something special at every stop along the way on this "Journey to the New World". Her best work to date...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, eclectic, and moving June 6, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Superb musicianship, and a musical journey from Elizabethan England to 20-century America. The "Joan Baez Suite" was inspired by songs that had been made famous by Joan Baez, who was one of Isbin's musical heroes. When Baez heard the suite she offered to sing two tracks on the album, accompanied by Isbin's playing. There is also a wonderful collaboration with Mark O'Connor.

National Public Radio broadcast an interview with Isbin a couple of days ago, which can be found on their website. This interview stimulated me to buy the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to please on many levels July 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There are those rare times when I can get away to the Appalachians to flood my perception in what I concider The Garden of Eden. When I think of the appropriate music to put in the CD player as I enter the Blue Ridge Parkway ....I reach for this disk. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the timeless compositions and ethereal expertise. Sharon Isben is a Natural National Treasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great technique and sophisticated feelings! May 8, 2009
By W. Liao
Format:Audio CD
I got to know Sharon Isbin from my guitar teacher and bought this album just recently. Although I knew her as a Grammy Award winner, I was still very thrilled by the excellent techniques she displayed in this CD. Joan Baez joined her with two beautiful songs and made the CD even more attractive. It's well worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picking me to the wonderment July 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All you need to have to enjoy this cd is a pair of ears and the ability to hear. If you enjoy the stripped down guitar then this cd is for you. It has a certain flavor..I can see why it might not be for everyone. The flow of the music,tones, and melodies have a certain irsh feel to it. I also enjoy the addition of Joan to the cd, and her vocals really add to a few of the songs but it isn't overbearing. The cd almost has a harp like quality to it in areas of the cd to, and when you are just getting used when the violins start. This changes the cd up alittle probably not in favor for most tastes but I love the string instruments. I am enjoying the cd. Not for everyone but it is very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NPR comes alive! July 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
My husband and I heard this artist interviewed on NPR and were drawn to her story. The CD is wonderful, calming, a nice collection of music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musician May 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard an interview and music on WBAI and had to have some of her music.
Bought this and her latest with Joan Baez and I absolutely Love her! Great musicians behind her also.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars top class guitar playing
I bought this because of one 'early music' track. the fiddle was a surprise addition but the musician is phenomenal, as is Sharon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ty Stroudsburg
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Sharon Isbin is rated as one of the best classical guitarists in the world. That is what I thought I was buying. I guess I should have done my due diligence more carefully. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Henry Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars really lovely . . .
"To the New World" not just because of the music but because at the heart of this CD are two suites, specially written (in one case, arranged) for Sharon Isbin -- one by the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great talent
Sharon Isbin is a talented artist and her work is a joy to listen to over and over again. Anyone who loves classical guitar, as I do, would enjoy this.
Published 8 months ago by Missy Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly supurb Sharon Isbin
Marvelous music from the marvelous Sharon Isbin, plus a touch of Joan Baez thrown in. I didn't much like the second half, but I bought the album only for the first half. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Sojourn in Musical Time
Ms Isbin has wandered from the usual fare of classical into the realm of old English Folk which she melds into the new world and the folk traditions which I loved so many years... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Divemister
1.0 out of 5 stars Bummer CD
Great music. Sharon Isben and Joan Baez are amazing.but the last 10 tracks became defective by the second time I played it..
Published on May 10, 2012 by Peter T. Adler
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The first half of the album is pretty good, even with a couple of Joan Baez vocals thrown in, but the second half sounds like a hoedown. 13 out of 29 cuts are guitar and fiddle. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Joe Z
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent recording, poor packaging
The is an excellent recording. I am giving the release 3 stars because of the poor packaging.
Published on October 10, 2010 by harvey
I had not heard of this talented guitarist before hearing her play on NPR a few months ago. Her performance was stunning!! Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Karen Lighthall
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