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- Posted on Mar 11th 2010 12:00PM by Mike Ayers
All of this was born out of the trio's association with music director Robert De Cormier, who'd worked with Harry Belafonte and at the time, was director of the New York Choral Society. "We had these songs written for us that were pretty remarkable," Peter Yarrow tells Spinner. "No other arranger that I can think of has the capacity to unite folk music with orchestral music that doesn't feel idiomatic and synthetic."
As musicians age, it's not unlikely that their voices do as well, but for the most part, the music from 'The Prague Sessions' retains the rich harmonies Peter, Paul and Mary were known for. And Yarrow agrees, to an extent. "I don't think they were as precise as the voices of the first decade, but we had better experience and better empathy in certain ways," he says. "But what is lost in our vocal abilities is made up for by a greater command of the actual spirit and sound we were making."
'The Prague Sessions' serve as a posthumous tribute to Mary Travers, who passed away in September 2009 after a battle with Leukemia, and Yarrow says that he played her the preliminary mixes before her death. "She was wowed," he says. "She was so proud. She felt really strongly about was that she wanted the chapter of our musical history in Prague, the singing of these songs with orchestration. We only completed it shortly after her passing."
In a fitting tribute, the record closes with the orchestral piece 'Adagio for Strings,' a song Travers requested be played at her memorial celebration.