Anonymous 4 Releases "1865", Songs from The Civil War, Featuring Bruce Molsky
Joined by multi-instrumentalist and singer Bruce Molsky, Anonymous 4 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War
Anonymous 4's new release 1865, available January 13, not only caps their best-selling, prize-winning harmonia mundi discography, it's also the crowning glory of a trio of Americana albums that includes Billboard chart-topping American Angels and Gloryland. Together, these three titles show the amazing versatility of Anonymous 4, already renowned for their glorious and historically informed performances of medieval European classical repertoire.
For 1865, Anonymous 4 are joined by Bruce Molsky, whose fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals add to the old-time flavor of these powerful and moving songs. The music includes ballads originally written for the stage and parlor, as well as songs and instrumental tunes from the hills and back roads of America. The track "Aura Lee", the tune of which became Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender", was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition.
On NPR Music's First Listen of 1865, Anastasia Tsioulcas writes, "the singing is gorgeous, with deep, sweet feeling. By the time 'Abide with Me' and 'Shall We Gather at the River' roll around at the close of this album, it's quite possible you'll be sniffling."
"The vocals of Anonymous 4 are precise, articulate, and warmhearted...They are an outstanding ensemble, gorgeous and heartfelt in their harmonies and presentation."
- Classical Candor
"Stephen Foster’s ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ benefits greatly from the beauty and precision of the four voices."
- Gift Guide, Metroland