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Songs from Chicago


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Thomas Hampson, America’s leading baritone and a champion of the art of classic song — poetry set to music — makes his Cedille Records debut with a program of songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history as great voices of the artistic American narrative.”

Hailed as “an outstanding recitalist” by Grove Music Online, the much-honored international opera star, recording artist, and “ambassador of song” performs compositions based on poems by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet who became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Hampson, whose discography includes more than 170 albums, including Grammy and Grand Prix de Disque award winners, is accompanied on Songs from Chicago by collaborative pianist extraordinaire Kuang-Hao Huang, accompanist of choice for Chicago’s top singers and instrumentalists.

The New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence, Hampson also has been honored with a Concertgebouw Prize, Library of Congress Living Legends Award, and the Hugo-Wolf-Medal for outstanding achievements in the art of song interpretation, among many other awards.

Thomas Hampson, baritone
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

Available September 14, 2018

Read the booklet here.

Track listing:

Ernst Bacon (1898–1990) – Poems by Walt Whitman

1 Lingering Last Drops (1:34)

2 World Take Good Notice (0:54)

3 The Last Invocation (2:02)

4 On the Frontiers (3:42)

5 The Divine Ship (2:00)

6 Darest thou Now, O Soul (3:59)

7 Grand Is the Seen (2:30)

Florence Price (1888–1953) – Poems by Langston Hughes

8 Song To The Dark Virgin (1:55)

9 My Dream (2:02)

John Alden Carpenter (1876–1951) – from Four Negro Songs, poems by Langston Hughes

10 Shake your brown feet, honey (2:03)

11 The Cryin’ Blues (2:19)

12 Jazz-Boys (1:11)

Margaret Bonds (1913–1972) – Three Dream Portraits, poems by Langston Hughes

13 Minstrel Man (1:38)

14 Dream Variation (1:41)

15 I, Too (1:39)

Margaret Bonds (1913–1972) – poem by Langston Hughes

16 The Negro Speaks of Rivers (3:51)

Louis Campbell-Tipton (1877–1921) – poem by Walt Whitman

17 Elegy (2:42)

John Alden Carpenter (1876–1951) – Gitanjali, poems by Rabindranath Tagore

18 Credo (reading) (0:59)

19 When I bring to you colour’d toys (2:21)

20 On the day when death will knock at thy door (3:00)

21 The Sleep that flits on Baby’s Eyes (2:25)

22 I am like a Remnant of a Cloud of Autumn (4:25)

23 On the Seashore of Endless Worlds (5:28)

24 Light, My Light (2:18)

25 Epilogue (reading) (0:24)

 

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