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Foster: Songs / Baird, Russell, Urrey, Et Al


Release Date: 07/28/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 119   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen Foster
Performer:  Linda RussellRidley EnslowSteve SchneiderJulianne Baird,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"One of the attractions of the arrangement is their simple accompaniments...it's difficult singling out a favorite or favorites."

-- InTune Magazine

Stephen Foster was a figure of contradictions: the composer was much loved by the public, but was at the same time a thoughtless husband and father. While his songs reflect a real intimacy with the antebellum South, Foster was not from the South and only once traveled into the region. Was he merely an "artless genius" who knew little about music or a well-studied craftsman? Foster was America's earliest popular and successful songwriter. Yet he died alone and penniless - not in the South, not even at his family home in Pittsburgh - but at Bellevue
Read more Hospital in New York City. While Stephen Foster's personal and business habits may have been chaotic, research has shown the man to have been a dedicated musician. Despite early biographers' description of an unschooled lightweight, the fact is that Foster carefully studied the American minstrel tradition and knew German Lieder and Irish-Scottish song literature. Foster's songs are often set for multiple voices, diverse instruments and even a cappella chorus. It is the intention of this recording to present the wealth of Foster's music - but not with a lone vocalist and accompanist from a single musical vantage point. Instead, both "classical" and "folk" musicians have gathered to sing and play on dulcimers, fiddles, accordions, pennywhistles and old pianos. Despite occasional wheezing, crunching and crackling, we hope these antique instruments - and our wonderful contemporary vocalists - will charm the listener and capture something of Stephen Foster's diverse genius that one might have experienced on a little 19th century concert stage, a street corner or on a back porch.
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Works on This Recording

1.
The glendy burk by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Linda Russell (Alto), Ridley Enslow (Fiddle), Linda Russell (Dulcimer),
Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Steve Schneider (Harmonica),
Steve Schneider (Recorder)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Nelly was a lady by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Harmonica), Julianne Baird (Soprano), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer),
Linda Russell (Dulcimer), Linda Russell (Alto), Steve Schneider (Recorder),
Steve Schneider (Accordion)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Melinda May by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Soirée Polka by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
If you've only got a moustache by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Julianne Baird (Soprano), John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
O Willie, is it you, dear? by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Linda Russell (Dulcimer), Linda Russell (Alto), Steve Schneider (Harmonica),
Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Steve Schneider (Accordion)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Frederick Urrey (Tenor), John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Linda Russell (Dulcimer),
Linda Russell (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Gem from Lucia no 1 by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Recorder),
Steve Schneider (Harmonica), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Wilt thou be gone love by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
The voices that are gone by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Harmonica),
Steve Schneider (Dulcimer)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
Old black Joe by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Linda Russell (Dulcimer), Frederick Urrey (Tenor),
Linda Russell (Alto), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Maggie by my side by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Harmonica),
Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Camptown races by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Hard times come again no more by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Harmonica), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Ridley Enslow (Fiddle),
Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Accordion), Linda Russell (Dulcimer),
Linda Russell (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Gem from Lucia no 2 by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Steve Schneider (Harmonica), John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano),
Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Recorder)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Gem from Lucia no 3." 
16.
Gem from Lucia no 3 by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Recorder),
Steve Schneider (Harmonica), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Gem from Lucia no 2." 
17.
The Shanghai chicken by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Linda Russell (Dulcimer), John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Linda Russell (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Beautiful dreamer by Stephen Foster
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Fortepiano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Ah! May the red rose live alway by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Harmonica),
Steve Schneider (Dulcimer)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
20.
Nelly Bly by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Harmonica),
Ridley Enslow (Fiddle), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Linda Russell (Dulcimer),
Linda Russell (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Jeannie with the light brown hair by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Harmonica), Linda Russell (Dulcimer),
Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Linda Russell (Alto), Steve Schneider (Accordion),
Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Oh! Susanna by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Recorder), Steve Schneider (Accordion), Ridley Enslow (Fiddle),
Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Steve Schneider (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Some Folks." 
23.
Some folks by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Steve Schneider (Accordion), Steve Schneider (Dulcimer), Ridley Enslow (Fiddle),
Steve Schneider (Harmonica), Steve Schneider (Recorder)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1855; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Oh! Susanna." 

Sound Samples

The Glendy Burk
Nelly was a lady
Melinda May
Soiree Polka
The Moustache Song
O Willie, Is It You, Dear?
Mr. and Mrs. Brown
Gem from Lucia No. 1
Wilt thou be gone, love?
The Voices that are Gone
Old Black Joe (Poor Old Joe)
Maggie By My Side
Camptown Ladies
Hard times come again no more
Gems from Lucia No. 2, No. 3
The Shanghai Chicken
Beautiful Dreamer
Ah! May the red rose live alway!
Nelly Bly
I Dream of Jeannie
Susanna (Oh! Susanna) and Some Folks

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