The Whittier Bicentennial Recording Project - Volume II

Barbara Frietchie & Other Poems, Read by Michael Maglaras

"Barbara Frietchie & Other Poems" features 12 of Whittier's most beloved poems, including "The Pressed Gentian," "Burning Driftwood," and "The Barefoot Boy". All poems are read by Michael Maglaras and employ the music of Mendelssohn, Goosens, Vaughan Williams, and the wonderful American composer Morton Feldman.

This project is a labor of love for 217 Records founder Michael Maglaras. He has devoted the last two years of his life to the study and recording of the works of this New England master with one goal in mind: to reintroduce Whittier to a new, wider audience and promote the rediscovery of his work.

John Greenleaf Whittier

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"In the mid to late 19th century, Haverhill, Massachusetts-born Whittier was one of the most famous men in America; schools closed to honor his birthday. Statesman, ardent abolitionist, poet of the first rank, and one of the founders of the Republican party, his poems were read and memorized throughout America and much of the English-speaking world," said Maglaras.

"Whittier lived to be 85. In his early years, he lived an eventful life; in middle age he established his reputation by selling 20,000 copies of the poem "Snow-Bound" within the first few months. In his old age, he was revered as America’s "fireside poet," while continuing to produce work of incomparable quality that speaks to our age as distinctly as it spoke to his own."

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In honor of the 200th birthday of John Greenleaf Whittier, 217 Records has released The Whittier Bicentennial Recording Project. Volume 1, "Snow-Bound" and Volume 2, "Barbara Frietchie & Other Poems." Both CD volumes are read by Michael Maglaras.

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