In the mid and late 19th century, the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was one of the most famous men in America. Statesman, ardent abolitionist, poet of the first rank – schools closed on his birthday, streets across America were named in his honor, and his poems were read and memorized throughout America and much of the English-speaking world.
In early 2006, 217 Records released Volume 1, "Snow-Bound" of the Whittier Bicentennial Recording Project, which featured a single poem...Whittier's masterpiece, "Snow-Bound."
We are now pleased to announce Volume 2, "Barbara Frietchie & Other Poems." This volume will feature many of Whittier's most beloved poems, including "The Pressed Gentian," "Burning Driftwood," and others...all read by Michael Maglaras.
Just as we incorporated the music of Charles Ives into our recording of "Snow-Bound," Volume 2 employs the music of Mendelssohn, Goosens, Vaughan Williams, and the wonderful American composer Morton Feldman.
Produced by Terri Templeton, this volume features an essay...a personal appreciation...by Michael Maglaras.