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Kurt Weill On Broadway / Thomas Hampson


Release Date: 06/06/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58245   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas HampsonElizabeth FutralJerry HadleyBrian Parsons,   ... 
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaLondon Sinfonietta Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever you may think of Weill’s Broadway fare, you’re unlikely ever to find a better case made for it as Thomas Hampson, suave and swaggering, droll and debonair, aching and arch, strolls grandly through it leading an entourage of Broadway superstars. One measure of his success is the zest with which he breathes life into extended scenes from that great stuffed turkey, the recently revived Firebrand of Florence (see Fanfare 27:6)—a preeminent demonstration of what craft can do when inspiration lacks. The writing is sophisticated, the orchestration brilliant, the vocal writing savvy, the material worked predictably but expertly to climactic clinches without one memorable tune in the lot. One may quarrel with the program—where, for Read more instance, is “September Song” (probably thought too hackneyed, though I haven’t heard it in years)—but there can be no carping at the TLC which has made this a BFD (big fabulous deal). While you’re listening, Hampson, Futral, McGlinn, et al., will persuade you that this bland skim is crême de la crème—a tour de force deserving a tip of the hat—though, at album’s end, it may be only “Johnny’s Song,” pathetically haunting, that lingers in recollection. While diction is exemplary, winged by a capture balancing crisp detail with spaciousness, one regrets the omission of lyrics from the booklet. Concisely detailed notes by Miles Kreuger round out a first-rate release.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

1.
One touch of Venus: Westwind by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
2.
Knickerbocker Holiday: It never was you by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Elizabeth Futral (Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
3.
Knickerbocker Holiday: How Can You Tell An American? by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor), Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Elizabeth Futral (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
4.
Love life: This is the life by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
5.
Firebrand of Florence: Song of the Hangman by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Brian Parsons (Tenor), Michael Dore (Voice), Simon Green (Voice),
Vernon Midgley (Tenor), Donald Maxwell (Baritone), Christopher Dee (Voice),
Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
6.
Firebrand of Florence: Come to Florence by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Terry Edwards (Bass), Justin Lavender (Tenor),
Donald Maxwell (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
7.
Firebrand of Florence: My Lords and Ladies by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
8.
Firebrand of Florence: There'll be life, love and laughter by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Terry Edwards (Bass), Michael Magee (Voice), Thomas Hampson (Baritone),
Simon Green (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
9.
Firebrand of Florence: You're far too near me by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Elizabeth Futral (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
10.
Firebrand of Florence: The world is full of villains by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Donald Maxwell (Baritone), Vernon Midgley (Tenor), Simon Green (Voice),
Terry Edwards (Bass), Peter Sidhom (Baritone), Stuart Kale (Tenor),
Michael Dore (Voice), Simon Birchall (Bass), Simon Alder (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
11.
Firebrand of Florence: You have to do what you do do by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Stuart Kale (Tenor), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
12.
Firebrand of Florence: Love is my enemy by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Elizabeth Futral (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
13.
Love life: Who is Samuel Cooper? by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Michael Magee (Voice), Elizabeth Futral (Soprano), John McGlinn (Voice),
Robert Fardell (Voice), Jeffrey Carl (Baritone), Michael Dore (Voice),
Vernon Midgley (Tenor), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
14.
Love life: Here I'll Stay by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Jeanne Lehman (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
15.
Love life: I remember it well by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
16.
Johnny Johnson: When man was first created by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; New York, USA 

Sound Samples

One Touch of Venus: Westwind (lyric: Ogden Nash)
Knickerbocker Holiday: It never was you (lyrics: Maxwell Anderson)
Knickerbocker Holiday: How can you tell an American? (lyrics: Maxwell Anderson)
Song of the Hangman ("Gallows Scene"): "The bell of doom is clanging" from The Firebrand of Florence
Come to Florence ("Civic Song") from The Firebrand of Florence
My Lords and Ladies from The Firebrand of Florence
The was life, there was love, there was laughter from The Firebrand of Florence
You're far too near me from The Firebrand of Florence
Souvenirs ... Hear Ye! Hear Ye!; The world is full of villains ("Trial Scene") from The Firebrand of Florence
You have to do what you do do (Trial by Music) from The Firebrand of Florence
Love is my enemy from The Firebrand of Florence
Who is Samuel Cooper? from Love Life
Here I'll stay from Love Life
I remember it well from Love Life
This is the life from Love Life
Johnny Johnson: Johnny's Song: 'When man was first created'

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