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The American Sardinians

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 May 2012

In January 2011 four Americans, under the name 'Tenores de Aterue', shared their home-grown passion for Sardinian singing with a video performance on YouTube. To their amazement it went viral - in Sardinia! To this day, the singers have never been to Sardinia, and understand very little of the language they are singing. Aled Jones is joined from the US by this quartet of musical explorers and hears their story in music and words.

Also this week, some more authentic American sounds with highlights of a concert of sprituals given by the group Chicago A Cappella in Naperville, Illinois.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Traditional Sardinian Ballu Seriu (extract)

    Performer: Tenores di Bitti

    Live Studio, 001

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    Spiritual Way over in Beulah Lan' Joesph Jennings

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

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    Traditional Sardinian Ballu Seriu

    Performer: Tenores de Alterue

    BBC studio performance

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    Traditional Sardinian Gosos di Santu Gavinu

    Performer: Tenores di Oniferi

    Music Of The World, 152

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    Traditional Sardinian Ballu Dillu

    Performer: Tenores de Alterue

    BBC studio performance

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    Traditional Sardinian Rundine Passizzera

    Performer: Tenores de Orgosolo

    GF produzioni AF, 176

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    Traditional Sardinian Ottava del Tre

    Performer: Tenores de Alterue

    BBC studio performance

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    Felix Mendelssohn Verleih uns Frieden

    Conductor: Laurence Equilbey Performer: Accentus Chamber Choir

    NAIVE, V 5265

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    Orlande de Lassus Magnificat secundi toni super Praeter rerum seriem

    Conductor: Harry Christophers Performer: The Sixteen

    CORO, 16097

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    Spiritual Go down 'n the Valley and Pray, arranged by Andre J. Thomas

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

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    Spiritual Save Me, Lord, arranged by Robert Morris

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

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    Spiritual Blin' Man, arranged by Paul Carey

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

  • Image for Jonathan Miller

    Jonathan Miller Daniel, Moses, Joshua

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

  • Image for Spiritual

    Spiritual Deep river arranged by Henry T Burleigh

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

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    Spiritual Wade in the water, arranged by Moses Hogan

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

  • Image for Spiritual

    Spiritual Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, arranged by Joseph Jennings

    Performer: Patrick Sinozich (director) Performer: Chicago a cappella

    EBU recording

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