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An Old Song Re-sung - American Concert Songs / Hampson


Release Date: 08/20/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54051   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalOley SpeaksHaydn WoodCharles Tomlinson Griffes,   ... 
Performer:  Thomas HampsonArmen GuzelimianKenneth Sillito
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These songs are beautifully sung by Hampson with a rich and virile but expressively controlled baritone. The accompaniments, too, are models of their kind, never taking attention from the singer, always adding their own beauties of sound.

Britons are used to being told that "we're all Europeans now", but Thomas Hampson and EMI clearly have other ideas. To accompany this collection of 'American songs' we are offered a note by Hampson on the genre of American song as represented here. In it he comments on the American musical language demonstrated, apparently, by songs such as In the Gloaming, Roses of Picardy and Long ago in Alcala, all of which I had previously thought were as European as Buckingham Palace or
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But, if such arrogant presumptiousness makes my British blood boil, the performances provide a remarkably soothing antidote. These songs are quite beautifully sung by Hampson with a rich and virile but expressively controlled baritone. The accompaniments, too, are models of their kind, never taking attention away from the singer, always adding their own beauties of sound. The sentimentality is neither ignored nor overplayed.


Songs such as Shenandoah and On the Road to Mandalay will be known to all, and performances as good as these will be warmly welcomed by those who recall what singers such as Peter Dawson or Owen Brannigan could bring to the latter. I welcome, too, the chance to hear so many previously unfamiliar songs of varied, genuinely American origin, notably Vittorio Giannini's beautiful Tell me, oh blue sky and Walter Damrosch's Danny Deeper. Yet I confess my British (or, at any rate, European) blood derives the greatest thrill from as beautiful a performance as I've heard of Haydn Wood's Roses of Picardy, as well as superb performances of the long-loved but seldom-heard In the Gloaming (composed by the wife of the Comptroller of Queen Victoria's household) and Long ago in Alcala, composed by Andre Messager for the 1894 Savoy Theatre, London show Mirette.

-- Gramophone [3/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Written: USA 
Notes: Arranged: Roger Ames 
2. On the Road to Mandalay by Oley Speaks
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Language: English 
3. Roses of Picardy by Haydn Wood
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Language: English 
4. Poems (2) of Masefield: no 1, An Old Song Re-sung by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
Language: English 
5. Tell me, oh blue, blue sky by Vittorio Giannini
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1927; USA 
Language: English 
6. Brother Will, Brother John by John Sacco
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Language: English 
7. Darling Nellie Gray by Benjamin Russell Hanby
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; USA 
Language: English 
8. Ah! May the red rose live alway by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; USA 
Language: English 
9. Maytime: Will you remember? by Sigmund Romberg
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Language: English 
10. Luke Havergal by John Woods Duke
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Language: English 
11. Do not go, my love by Richard Hageman
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Language: English 
12. When I have sung my songs by Ernest Charles
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Language: English 
13. At dawning, Op 29 no 1 by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; USA 
Language: English 
14. Tomorrow by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
15. Long Ago in Alcala by André Messager
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Language: English 
16. Erie Canal by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Erie Canal 
17. Nightingale by Traditional
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Notes: Arranged: Clifford Shaw 
18. The lass from the low country by John Jacob Niles
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
19. In the Gloaming by Annie Fortescue Harrison
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Armen Guzelimian (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; England 
20. Danny Deever, Op. 2 no 7 by Walter Damrosch
Performer:  Armen Guzelimian (Piano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Language: English 

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