Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|David Alpher, Evan Stover, Garrison Keillor|
Song of America
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Thomas Hampson is a persuasive advocate for these treasures from the Library of Congress' vast collections, so this CD's generous sampling leaves you wanting more. It covers the American songbook in all its variety, from t... more »
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Thomas Hampson is a persuasive advocate for these treasures from the Library of Congress' vast collections, so this CD's generous sampling leaves you wanting more. It covers the American songbook in all its variety, from traditional "folk" items like Shenandoah to Stephen Foster to the immigrants Erich Korngold and Kurt Weill to Leonard Bernstein and contemporary composers. Hampson adjusts his flexible, light baritone to fit each song. The voice is full and resonant on Danny Deever, simple and direct in 19th-century traditional songs and ballads, and nuanced in songs like Ned Rorem's "As Adam Early in the Morning," one of several on the disc with texts by Walt Whitman. A standout is the last song in this recital, one that leaves you with thoughts about music, history, and our nation's continuing issues, "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors," by Henry Burleigh. Most of the selections are performed with piano accompaniment, but several are with a small ensemble of traditional instruments. A word of caution: everything was recorded in the 1990s and presumably was available piecemeal on previous releases, although few are likely to have more than a handful of these 20 gems. --Dan Davis
Yet another compilation
JAD | San Jose, CA | 06/13/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Tom fan. I go to his concerts and buy all of his CDs. I must say that I have been disappointed by this CD because it's entirely made of old recordings. There's a new photo on the cover, but that's all that is new here. So if you've bought your share of Tom CDs over the years, you want to check out the track info before you guy this one.
Now, Tom has been on tour and I STRONGLY recommend that you go see him next year when he comes through your city.
The other thing really annoying is that on the CD where you'd expect information about the music or the recording co., you instead get a large warning label from the FBI on pirating."
A sampling of American singing at its greatest
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 04/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a sterling collection of American songs from their chief modern exponent. Only Ben Heppenr's similar recital comes close, and it's limited to Anglo-American sentimental ballads and operetta. Starting with "An Old Song Resung" (1890), the most stunning recital of old-fashioned platform songs since the golden era of Lawrence Tibbett (one of Hampson's heroes), we've had an exemplary album of Stephen Foster and another of modern songs inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman. These are the sources for the compilation offered here.
This CD has earned harsh reviews here for being a compilation, but it's not marketed as anything else. I, too, wish that there was new material. Yet I would be much sorrier if propsective buyers didn't have a chance to hear in full the three CDs from which this one is drawn. All are indispensable."