Songs We’ve Always Sung

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs have become recital standards, but traditional texts and tunes have attracted many other classical composers, including John Jacob Niles, George Crumb and Jake Heggie.

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

The Little Horses
Traditional / Traditional
Mrs. Kate Jones, recorded by Alan Lomax.

The Little Horses from Old American Songs, Set 2
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
William Warfield, baritone/Aaron Copland, piano.

I Bought Me a Cat from Old American Songs, Set 1
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis.

The Leather-Winged Bat from Three Folk Songs
Jake Heggie, arr. / Traditional
Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Antoine Palloc, piano.

Shenandoah
Roger Ames, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano.

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Cecil Sharp, arr. / Traditional
John Langstaff, baritone; Sir Gerald Moore, piano.

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (second version)
John Jacob Niles / Traditional
John Jacob Niles, singer.

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (third version)
John Jacob Niles / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano.

Black Black Black is the Color from Unto the Hills: American Songbook III
George Crumb, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano; David Cossin, Haruka Fujii, Ayano Kataoka, Jeffrey Milarsky, percussionists.

The Old Woman’s Courtship
John Powell, arr. / Traditional
John Langstaff, baritone; John Powell, piano.

The Nightingale
Clifford Shaw, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano.

Barbara Allen
Traditional / Traditional
Pete Seeger, unaccompanied.

Bar’bry Allen
from Three Folk Songs
Jake Heggie, arr. / Traditional
Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; Antoine Palloc, piano.

John Riley
Howard Brockway, arr. / Traditional
John Langstaff, baritone; Nancy Woodbridge, piano.

The Golden Willow Tree from Old American Songs, Set 2
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano.

California
Steven Mark Kohn, arr. / Traditional
Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano.

On the Other Shore
Traditional / Traditional
unidentified woman + Alan Lomax, recorded by Alan Lomax.

On the Other Shore
Steven Mark Kohn, arr. / Traditional
Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano.

Comments [1]

I recently heard Marilyn Horne comment about "I Bought Me a Cat." Her advice? "If you're going to sing it, review the damn animals before you go on stage!"

I'd second that.

Mar. 18 2012 01:44 AM

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