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Leading Man: Best of Broadway
Genres: Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
The luscious baritone Thomas Hampson says, "I grew up with this tradition (musical comedy), with the idea of singing straight from the heart." And sing from the heart he does, while utilizing his extensive vocal training t... more »
The luscious baritone Thomas Hampson says, "I grew up with this tradition (musical comedy), with the idea of singing straight from the heart." And sing from the heart he does, while utilizing his extensive vocal training to enliven all nuance, realize each intimate moment, and expand into every climax. His big, broad, totally controlled baritone visits falsetto land more in this recording that in his entire operatic career--but it works! In a nostalgic moment, he sings "Hey, There" with John Raitt, who still possesses a hint of his former dominance in this repertoire. Most effective is his rendition of "Unusual Way," which he winningly makes his own. A stunner. --Barbara Eisner Bayer
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A surprisingly good collection from Hampson
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Opera singers usually come off sounding stiff, pretentious and completely miscast when they attempt musical theater pieces. Which was why I decided to give this collection of Broadway standards a listen with a good deal of trepidation. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by how good Hampson was on this album. His lush baritone works wonders on songs like "Bring Him Home", "If Ever I Would Leave You" and "Soliloquy". He also manages to bring something new to his rendition of "Gigi". And then there's the highlight of this album - Hampson's gloriously thrilling take on a wonderful arrangement of "Unusual Way". Worth the price of the disk for this track alone."
A leading man
puccinigirl | Shawnee, Oklahoma United States | 08/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a superb album of broadway classics. Hampson is a fabulous singer with a seemingly perfect technique and a wonderful interpretive style. Although Hampson is a leading man in the opera world, he has excellent command of this style of music as well. He also throws in a few pieces that are normally sung by soprano, but he handles them nicely. No complaints about this album. Try it and you'll enjoy a wonderful listening experience."
Wouldn't I love to be Guinever
Gloria | San Francisco Bay Area, CA | 08/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I love Thomas Hampson. Secondly, I can live without musical theatre. Thomas Hampson performs well on each song. My favorites are The Music of the Night, Gigi, If Ever I Would Leave You, and My Boy Bill from Carousel. He makes the most dramatic impact on each of these songs. This is the CD I reach for when I feel like hearing my favorite baritone singing in my native tongue."