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Night And Day - Thomas Hampson Sings Cole Porter / Mcglinn


Release Date: 06/06/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58241   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you read my interview with Thomas Hampson in this issue of Fanfare, you can eavesdrop on some of the baritone's own thoughts about this record. He was particularly enthusiastic about the orchestral arrangements (some of them by Russell Warner, others the original Broadway versions), and they do indeed conjure up visions of elegant dancers gliding across a polished ballroom floor, in a more genteel era. “The London Symphony Orchestra plays the hell out of them,“ said Hampson. I can add what he, out of modesty, couldn't: he sings the hell out of the songs as well, without condescension or artifice, and with crystal-clear, unaffected American diction. You won't forget he's an opera singer (he rises to a remarkable high Bb at the end of Read more Bring Me Back My Butterfly); indeed, you'll welcome the timbrai richness that allows him to respond so satisfyingly to Porter's harmonic twists. The Lieder singer is also in evidence in his affectionate shaping of the words. Listen, for example, to the gentle nudge he gives “sound“ and “tender“ in Begin the Beguine, or the wistful “starry“ of Don't Fence Me In. But I'd better doff my opera/song-critic hat lest I suggest that Hampson's singing is somehow too highbrow or sophisticated for his material. These are performances accessible to all listeners. Hampson is particularly good in the romantic standards, where he all but erases my memories of other interpreters. I've always thought of Begin the Beguine, for instance, as a tenor piece, and I hear a voice like James Melton's in my mind when I think of the song. But now Melton strikes me as too inhibited, his diction (in the manner of his times) overly cultivated. Listen to Hampson's rapturous rendition and it will resound in your ears for days. Some listeners might wish that the baritone had delivered the humorous numbers (like When I Had a Uniform On or When My Baby Goes to Town) with more spirit, but I admire the simplicity and honesty of his singing, and he certainly conveys the hilarity of the Puccini parody Bring Me Back My Butterfly. It's rewarding, too, to have so many unfamiliar songs, even if some of them (Drink, My Cozy Little Corner in the Ritz) show their age.

McGlinn and the London Symphony live up to Hampson's praise. 1 was, for some odd reason, particularly delighted to hear such persuasively authentic “cowboy“ fiddling and guitar picking in Don't Fence Me In. The recording is bright and vivid, the voice more forward than it was on EMI's recent Kiss Me, Kate. The booklet has notes on each song, texts are given, and now-obscure references (like the Biltmore clock) are explained. It's summer as I write this review, but it will be close to December when you read it, so let me conclude by suggesting that Night and Day would make a fine Christmas present for a great many music lovers.

-- Ralph V. Lucano, FANFARE [11/1991] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
2.
Rosalie: In the still of the night by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
3.
Born to Dance: Easy to Love by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
4.
Two Little Babes in the Wood by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
5.
Something for the Boys: When My Baby Goes to Town by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Don Walker (Original Broadway orchestration) 
6.
Hitchy-Koo: When I Had a Uniform On by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice de Packh (Original Broadway orchestration) 
7.
Born to Dance: I've got you under my skin by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
8.
Hitchy-Koo: Bring Me Back My Butterfly by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Frank Saddler (Original Broadway orchestration) 
9.
Who Said Gay Paree? by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
10.
A Fool There Was by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
11.
Gay Divorcée: How's Your Romance? by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Hans Spialek (Original Broadway orchestration) 
12.
Hitchy-Koo: My Cozy Little Corner in the Ritz by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Frank Saddler (Original Broadway orchestration) 
13.
Hollywood Canteen: Don't fence me in by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
14.
Seven Lively Arts: Drink by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Ted Royal (Original Broadway orchestration) 
15.
Gay Divorcée: Night and Day by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Hans Spialek (Original Broadway orchestration) 
16.
Du Barry Was a Lady: It Was Written in the Stars by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Hans Spialek (Original Broadway orchestration) 
17.
Broadway Melody of 1940: I concentrate on you by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 
18.
Bull Dog by Cole Porter
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Russell Warner 

Sound Samples

Jubilee: Begin the Beguine (orch. Russell Warner)
Rosalie: In the still of the night (orch. Russell Warner)
Born to Dance: Easy to Love (orch. Russsell Warner)
Greenwich Village Follies: Two little babes in the wood (orch. Russell Warner)
Something For the Boys: When My Baby Goes to Town (orch. Don Walker)
Hitchy-Koo: When I had a uniform on (orch. Maurice de Packh)
Born to Dance: I've Got You Under My Skin (orch. Russell Warner)
Hitchy-Koo: Bring me back my Butterfly (orch. Frank Saddler)
Can-Can: Who Said Gay Paree? (orch. Russell Warner) [unused]
Rosalie: A Fool There Was (orch. Russell Warner) [unused]
Gay Divorce: How's Your Romance?
Hitchy-Koo: My cozy little corner in the Ritz
Hollywood Canteen: Don't Fence Me In
Seven Lively Arts: Drink
Gay Divorce: Night and Day
Du Barry was a Lady: It was written in the stars
Broadway Melody of 1940: I Concentrate on You
Yale College: Bull Dog

Customer Reviews

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 A Knockout! March 4, 2014 By Terry Simmons (Lake Wendouree, Victoria) See All My Reviews "Unalloyed pleasure from first bar to last. Fine songs, each given the kind of treatment only an artist of the first rank can provide. Beautifully recorded, with an excellent balance between singer and accompaniment." Report Abuse
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