Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone and a champion of the art of classic song, makes his Cedille Records debut with an album of songs by early mid-twentieth-century composers from Chicago.
On Songs from Chicago, available September 14, 2018, Hampson sings settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore composed by Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton (Cedille Records CDR 90000 180).
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, Hampson is accompanied on Songs from Chicago by Kuang-Hao Huang, collaborative pianist of choice for Chicago’s top singers and instrumentalists.
The album’s 28-page booklet includes an introductory essay by Hampson, biographical sketches of the composers, and original texts of the poems set to music.
James Ginsburg, Cedille Records founder and president and the album’s producer, says, “I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Thomas Hampson sing on many occasions over the years. And we’ve had the opportunity to socialize at post-performance receptions. Initially casual discussions led to this recording, which weds his love of American art song with Cedille Records’ Chicago-centric focus.” Hampson writes in the album’s liner notes, “I have long been a fan of Cedille Records and its mandate to record the works of Chicago-based composers and performers.”
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The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood spotlighted Leonard Bernstein’s wide-ranging talents as a composer, his many gifts as a great interpreter and champion of other composers, and his role as inspiration for a new generation of musicians and music lovers across the country and around the globe. This gala concert featured a kaleidoscopic array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway, like Mr. Hampson, Audra McDonald, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Nadine Sierra, Susan Graham and Isabel Leonard among others.
On November 18 & 19, Hampson and the ensemble will perform Britten’s War Requiem at the Musikverein Wien. This harrowing work interweaves Latin mass text and text by Wilfred Owen accompanied by the Wiener Sängerknaben and Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien. Hampson shares the stage with star soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and tenor Werner Güra.
More information and tickets are available via the Calendar page.
Thomas Hampson makes his highly anticipated debut with the Canadian Opera Company in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. Hampson sings the title role in this epic love story, based on the life of the Roman emperor Hadrian, with libretto by Daniel MacIvor. Led by Johannes Debus, the monumental production by Peter Hinton will open the COC’s 68th season beginning October 13 through October 27.
Thomas Hampson travels to the Tanglewood Festival this month to celebrate the centennial of his late mentor, Leonard Bernstein, and to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
“At this pivotal time in history, Americas art song literature provides a means of communicating, in the simple beauty of word and music, the truths of a nation born of an ideology whose language celebrates the individual. This language of heart and mind says everything about the culture that created it. And when we sing our own songs, those who hear us will have experienced the best of what freedom of thought and purpose can achieve in the creation of great art.” -Thomas Hampson
Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni head to Austria and the United States for their successful “No Tenors Allowed” concerts this August.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.