Can anyone help me find classically-sung versions of this song for both male and female voices (i.e. two different versions)? The best I've found so far is this a capella gospel version:
There is a Bryn Terfel recording with the LSO which I don't really like, and I sampled the Yo-yo Ma and Alison Krauss recording, which isn't bad, but I felt it sounds a bit "square", as well as being too slow.
There was a beautiful version sung on Howard Goodall's TV series 'How Music Works' and, like another song, Mack The Knife, sung on his later series 'Howard Goodall's Story of Music', I've never been able to find that version released separately or on Youtube. The a capella link above is by far the closest for Simple Gifts.
I often find myself singing or humming this song and would like to know it better, possibly well enough to sing it in public.