Classical Review - Spiritual Sketches
From NPR, June 30 2013
“An instrument of great beauty and expression.”
Lawrence Brownlee may be one of the world’s most elegant, exciting and acclaimed Rossini tenors, but his roots are in the music of the African-American church. These traditions merge in Spiritual Sketches, his new album of traditional spirituals in fresh arrangements by pianist Damien Sneed. Brownlee’s supple, strong and high-flying voice, perfectly suited to the early 19th century operas of Rossini and Donizetti, is an instrument of great beauty and expression. Yes, he indulges in skyrocketing a note or two here, but his soulful singing is naturally phrased, rhythmically alert and sounds like it’s coming straight from his heart to yours.