The New York Times applauded acclaimed conductor, pianist and composer Damien Sneed and renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee for the duo’s resounding performance of the program of music from their collaborative album Spiritual Sketches.
Spiritual Sketches is a moving tribute to African-American church music that blends elements of classical, jazz and gospel. Sneed and Brownlee the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook date in late January. The New York Times‘ “Gospel Without Hallelujahs” lauded the collaborative effort and said Sneed’s fresh arrangements turned the traditional gospel tunes into “concert art songs.”
Stephen Holden wrote: “With Mr. Sneed’s modernist piano arrangements creating an elevated platform, Mr. Brownlee pushed his voice to its upper limits, slipping in and out of a countertenor, with minimal flamboyance and maximum devotion.”
Read the review here.
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