Song of Walt Whitman

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Walt Whitman, the “Bard of Democracy,” was the founder of a new American language. With music built deep into his poetry, it’s no surprise that Whitman has been a beacon for American composers.

Program details (song, composer/poet and performers):

The Commonplace from Songs at Parting
Ernst Bacon / Walt Whitman
William Sharp, baritone; John Musto, piano.

Walt Whitman
Charles Ives / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Behold This Swarthy Face
Gerald Busby / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

We Two
Elinor Remick Warren / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Prayer of Columbus
Robert Strassburg / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Ange si pur from La Favorita
Gaetano Donizetti / Alphonse Royer and Gustav Vaez after Baculard d’Arnaud
Ramon Vargas, tenor; Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Marcello Viotti.

O You Whom I Often and Silently Come
Ned Rorem / Walt Whitman
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.

As I Watch'd the Ploughman Plowing
Philip Dalmas / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Dirge for Two Veterans from Four Walt Whitman Songs
Kurt Weill / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Look Down Fair Moon
Charles Naginski / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Memories of Lincoln
William Harold Neidlinger / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

To What You Said from Songfest
Leonard Bernstein / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano.

One Thought Ever At the Fore from Songs at Parting
Ernst Bacon / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Wolfram Rieger, piano.

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