"Written between 1999 and 2001, Spirituals is highly congenial for Gerber's musical temperament: sensitive, quiet and thoughtful. The first nine movements are inspired by spirituals; the 10th is an arrangement of a work by Ravel. The movements' pacing is generally deliberate, but the treatment of the themes is highly varied. ...But every movement has its own charms, and hearing the original songs peek through - sometimes their melodies, sometimes their rhythms, sometimes their harmonies - makes Spirituals an involving experience, and one to which listeners will want to return. Vladimir Lande and the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony play the work with warmth and understanding, which are just the qualities it needs."