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For You, For Me - Songs Of Copland, Etc / Bruce Hubbard


Release Date: 10/04/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 31553   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandTraditionalLeonard BernsteinGeorge Gershwin,   ... 
Performer:  Bruce HubbardMarvis Martin
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bruce Hubbard's collection of American songs gets better and better as it goes along. Well, that's the impression it made on me as his voice, sounding somewhat under strain at the start and recorded close to the microphone, moves into full bloom for the Gershwin set, peaking with an incisive account of "Everybody says don't", a Sondheim tongue-twister from Anyone Can Whistle, and a suitably swaggering rendition of the dragoon's solo "In praise of women" from A Little Night Music. Hubbard relishes the irony and humour of this lyric as he does elsewhere at every given opportunity. The minstrel song, "Ching-aring Chow" and particularly "I bought me a cat" from the first set of Copland's Old American Read more Songs could prove the perfect discipline for restless children on the car cassette player!

These two sets of Copland songs point the way to the judicious balance between the familiar and the less well known items included here; and so it is that we are introduced to Kern's neglected, though very pretty last song, "All through the day", a lovely Gershwin ballad "For you, for me, for evermore", constructed by his friend Kay Swift for the 1946 Fox movie The shocking Miss Pilgrim, and "Home blues", never recorded before and based on the blues in An American in Paris. As might be anticipated, Hubbard is in great form for Porgy's "A woman is a sometime thing", and he has found a wonderful voice in the soprano Marvis Martin for his Bess.

There's a tantalizing excerpt from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a ballad called "Seena", with a strong blues melody by Bernstein and a tender lyric by Lerner. On a populist note we have Shenandoah and a Berlin 1920s waltz Always, completing a predominantly cheerful recital by composers who were never slow to come forward and reach out to their audiences with a touch of sentiment. Hubbard knows this, and throughout he steers a course, honest and true. Had his engineer allowed him further leeway at the microphone, he could have been forgiven my opening rejoinder.

-- Adrian Edwards, Gramophone [3/1991, reviewing the original release, EMI 49928]
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Works on This Recording

1. Old American Songs, Set 1: The Boatmen's Dance by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1954
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
2. Old American Songs, Set 1: The Dodger by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1954
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
3. Old American Songs, Set 1: Long Time Ago by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1954
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
4. Old American Songs, Set 1: Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1954
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
5. Old American Songs, Set 1: I bought me a cat by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1954
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
6. Old American Songs, Set 2: The Little Horses by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1958
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
7. Old American Songs, Set 2: Zion's Walls by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1958
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
8. Old American Songs, Set 2: The Golden Willow Tree by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1958
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
9. Old American Songs, Set 2: At the River by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1958
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
10. Old American Songs, Set 2: Ching-a-ring Chaw by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1958
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
11. Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Written: USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
12. Mass: A Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
13. Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone), Marvis Martin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
14. Porgy and Bess: A woman is a sometime thing by George Gershwin
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
15. Shocking Miss Pilgrim: For you, for me, for evermore by George Gershwin
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangers: Kay Swift; Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
16. Show Girl: Home Blues by George Gershwin
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
17. Girl Crazy: Bidin' my time by George Gershwin
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
18. Centennial Summer: All Through the Day by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
19. Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
20. Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
21. Anyone Can Whistle: Everybody says Don't by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
22. A Little Night Music: In Praise of Women by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
23. Always by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Harris.
Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 
24. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Scena by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/27/1989 - 10/31/1989) 

Sound Samples

Always
The Boatman's Dance (Mistrel Song)
The Dodger (Campaign Song)
Long Time Ago (Ballad)
Simple Gifts (Shaker Song)
I Bought Me A Cat (Children's Song)
The Little Horses (Lullaby)
Zion's Walls (Revitalist Song)
The Golden Willow Tree (Anglo-American Ballad)
At the River (Hymn Tune)
Ching-a-Ring-Chaw (Minstrel Song)
Shenandoah
A Simple Song
Seena
Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now
For You, For Me, For Everyone
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (from Porgy and Bess)
Show Girl (1929) . Book by W. A. McGuire & J. P. McEvoy: Home Blues
Girl Crazy (1930) . Book by G. Bolton and J. McGowan: Bidin' my time
Centennial Summer: All Through The Day (from Centennial Summer)
Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight (from Swing Time)
Very Warm for May: All The Things You Are
Everybody Says Don't
In Praise Of Woman
Always

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