“Being an artist always includes the question about one’s development and what is yet to come.” This is what Thomas Hampson recently said in an interview, and if one looks at his extensive discography, one thing becomes clear: He has always focused on personal development and has not confined himself to boundaries. The newly re-released CDs show the singer in an abundance of roles and genres.

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imageVerdi Opera Arias

On EMI, the Verdi Opera Arias CD shows him in the great Verdian baritone parts of “La Traviata”, “Ernani” and “Macbeth”.

image Rossini & Meyerbeer

On another recording of accompanied arias and canzones he proves to be a master of the lyrical lightness of Meyerbeer and Rossini.

image Operetta Arias

On the Operetta album, he slips into seductive roles, and it almost seems as if Franz Lehár, Robert Stolz and Johann Strauss had written those parts with him in mind.

imageimageNight and Day
Kurt Weill on Broadway

These albums will take you back to the heyday of Broadway.

image To the Soul

“To the Soul” offers a journey into fragile art of song.

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imageIves, Mac Dowell, Griffes – Lieder

On Warner, “Ives, Mac Dowell, Griffes – Lieder” presents Thomas Hampson singing from the songbook of his native America. The neo-romantic songs by Charles Ives and by the lesser known Edward Mac Dowell and Charles Griffes were composed with German lyrics and therefore refer to Thomas Hampson’s excellent reputation as a leading singer of the German Lied-tradition.

imageDes Knaben Wunderhorn

“Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Various” puts Mahler’s most famous pieces from the Lied cycle “Aus ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’” in the context of compositions by other masters using the same texts. The different songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Weber, Zemlinsky and Schönberg offer an overview of German musical history from the 18th to the 20th century.

imageSchumann: Kerner Lieder, Andersen Lieder

“Schumann: Kerner Lieder, Andersen Lieder’” brings the well-known Lieder from Schumann’s Opus 35 (texts by Justinus Kerner) and Opus 40 (texts by Hans Christian Andersen) together.

imageLieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

“Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – Mahler/Berio: Frühe Lieder” was the repertoire that Thomas Hampson founded his reputation on. The “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” are among the first works by the young Mahler – fresh and full of poetry.

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BROWSE

In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.

Thomas Hampson