The Art of Paul Robeson

February 10, 2018, 4:30 pm

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Recordings will be heard by this American bass and civil rights activist who openly supported the Spanish Civil War, gave concerts in the Soviet Union and was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. Among the songs will be spirituals and selections from Jerome Kern’s Showboat in which Robeson sang in the London premiere.

Music

Ol’ Man River (Showboat), by Jerome Kern
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone)
Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Clifford Greenwood
Recorded in London in 1936
EMI 2 15596 2

I Still Suits Me (Showboat), by Jerome Kern
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone; Elizabeth Welch, soprano
Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Clifford Greenwood
Recorded in London in 1936
EMI 2 15596 2

St. Louis Blues, By W.C. Handy
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone), with Ray Noble and his Orchestra
Recorded in London in 1934
EMI 2 15594 2

When It’s Sleepy Town Down South
by Leon René, Otis René & Clarence Muse
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone), Mayfair Orchestra conducted by Ray Noble
Recorded in London in 1931
EMI 2 15590 2

Dere’s No Hidin’ Place 
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone); Lawrence Brown, (piano)
Recorded in London in 1937
EMI 2 15596 2

Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone); Ruthland Clapham, (piano)
Recorded in London in 1933
EMI 2 15592 2

The Four Insurgent Generals: (Los cuatro Generales)
A Song of the Spanish Civil War
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone)
Recorded in London in the 1950s
78 RPM Recording Issued by the Workers’ Music Association
London TOPIC T.R.C. 96

” Night” The Moor of Peter the Great,  by Alexander Grechaninov
Paul Robeson, (bass-baritone); Lawrence Brown, (piano)
Recorded in London in 1939
EMI 2 15600 2