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Review of "The Spirit of Freedom" CD
on April 27, 2011
Being a fan of martial and patriotic music, I have an extended collection of CDs covering this musical genre.
Having read positive reviews of The Spirit of Freedom CD, I looked forward to listening to it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed, not by the performance of the Washington Men's Choir (Camerata), which was excellent, but by the incongruous musical accompaniment: A piano accompanying the Air Force Song (sung beautifully, incidentally) detracts from the dynamics and power of the piece - the same for the Marines' Hymn, et al.
A brass band or orchestra would make all the difference - the thin gruel of a solo trumpet, drum, organ and piano for music such as this, is inadequate. With proper accompaniment this would have been a five star CD for me - instead of just a three.