Song of America


Music from the Library of Congress, with songs by Walt Whitman, Charles T. Griffes, and Stephen Foster.

“Thomas Hampson is a persuasive advocate for these treasures from the Library of Congress’ vast collections, so this CD’s generous sampling leaves you wanting more. It covers the American songbook in all its variety, from traditional “folk” items like Shenandoah to Stephen Foster to the immigrants Erich Korngold and Kurt Weill to Leonard Bernstein and contemporary composers. Hampson adjusts his flexible, light baritone to fit each song. The voice is full and resonant on Danny Deever, simple and direct in 19th-century traditional songs and ballads, and nuanced in songs like Ned Rorem’s “As Adam Early in the Morning,” one of several on the disc with texts by Walt Whitman. A standout is the last song in this recital, one that leaves you with thoughts about music, history, and our nation’s continuing issues, “Ethiopia Saluting the Colors,” by Henry Burleigh. Most of the selections are performed with piano accompaniment, but several are with a small ensemble of traditional instruments.” –Dan Davis

Track Listing
1. As Adam Early in the Morning (Ned Rorem/Walt Whitman)
2. Ah! May the Red Rose live Alway! (Stephen Foster)
3. Shenandoa (Trad./Arr. Roger Ames)
4. Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster)
5. Danny Deever (Walter Damrosch/Rudyard Kipling)
6. Roses of Picardy (Haydn Wood/Frederick E. Weatherley)
7. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (Stephen Foster)
8. Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster)
9. Molly, Do You Love Me? (Stephen Foster)
10. An Old Song Rsung (Charles T. Griffes/John Mansfield)
11. Tomorrow (When You Are Gone) (Erich W. Korngold/Margaret Kennedy)
12. The Erie Canal (Trad./Arr. Roger Ames)
13. We Two (Elinor R. Warren/Walt Whitman)
14. The Nightingale (Trad./Adapted & Arr. Clifford Shaw)
15. Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me (Stephen Foster)
16. Luke Havergale (John Duke/E. A. Robinson)
17. To What You Said (Leonard Bernstein/Walt Whitman)
18. Look Down Fair Moon (Charles Naginski/Walt Whitman)
19. Dirge for Two Veterans (Kurt Weill/Walt Whitman)
20. Ethiopia Saluting the Colors (Henry Th. Burleigh/Walt Whitman)