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DEBUT ~ Nathan Gunn - "American Anthem" from Ragtime to Art Song / Kevin Murphy

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  1. Shenandoah (Arr. Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime (E. Y. Harburg)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Early In The Morning (Robert Hilyer)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. The Lordly Hudson (Paul Goodman)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. At Howard Hawk's House (Gene Scheer, Piano Arr. Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Holding Each Other (Gene Scheer, Piano Arr. Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. The Lass From The Low Countree (Text Adapted By John Jacob Niles)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Recuerdo (Edna St. Vincent Millay)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Nocturne, Op. 13/4 (Frederic Prokosch)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Sure On This Shining Night (James Agee)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Fur (Murray The Furrier) (Arnold Weinstein)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Over The Piano (Arnold Weinstein)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Black Max (As Told By The De Kooning Boys) (Arnold Weinstein)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Slugging A Vampire (Charles Ives)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy0:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Two Little Flowers (And Dedicated To Them) (Charles Ives)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 1:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. General William Booth Enters Into Heaven (From A Poem By Vachel Lindsay)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. The Lamb (William Blake)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. I Wonder As I Wander (Appalachian Carol Adapted/Arranged John Jacob Niles & Lewis Henry Horton`Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. At The River (Hymn Tune Arr. Aaron Copland From Old American Songs)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Long Time Ago (Folksong Arr. Aaron Copland From Old American Songs Set 1)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Lean Away (Gene Scheer, Arr. Andrew Thomas)Kevin Murphy/Nathan Gunn 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. American Anthem (Gene Scheer, Piano Arrangement Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Nathan Gunn, Kevin Murphy
  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000IWW3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on February 11, 2001
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It seems as if vocal connoisseurs are always lamenting the imminent demise of the art of classical singing. On the basis of this disc such doomsaying is seriously misplaced. Nathan Gunn is a young American baritone who has created quite a stir in the past few years, much of it for the wrong reasons. Not that there is anything undesirable in an opera singer having handsome looks and a physique that reduced even the staid New York Times to babbling about underwear modeling. What has to be said is that Gunn has the musical goods in abundance as well. His voice, while not huge in live performance, is darkly beautiful in timbre and takes most happily to recording. He also has, on the evidence of his notes to this eclectic collection of American song, an intelligent and thoughtful musical mind.
The music on this disc traverses the gamut of things American, from familiar art songs, to crossover ballads, to folk song arrangements and patriotic lyrics. Familiar names from "serious" music such as Barber, Rorem, Copland and Ives rub shoulders with more popularly oriented composers such as Gorney, Scheer and Bolcom. Gunn sings it all with a seemingly endless flow of beautiful sound, sensitivity to words and changing moods, and above all, evident love of the music. He encompasses the biting humor of "Black Max (Bolcom)," the bluesy lament of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime (Gorney)," the grandiosity of "General William Booth Enters into Heaven (Ives)" and the tenderness of "Sure on this Shining Night (Barber)" with equal ease. With such a refulgent top voice, it is understandable that one or two keys seem to have been chosen to display high notes rather than for ideal ease of expression and diction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
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Nathan Gunn has proven, in only a short time, that he is an artist to be reckoned with. He is arguably one of the most beautiful baritone voices to be heard in this century and his artistry is mature despite his young age. His voice has depth and beauty but soars lyrically with a proficiency often lacking in many baritones in his repertory (which is vast). His lieder work has the style and inflection hoped for in any concert work. Moreover, unlike many young lieder singers out there, he avoids the temptation to imitate Fischer-Dieskau stylistically and vocally. His opera work is dynamic and musical. With the looks of a young Sean Connery, he steps onto the stage and the eyes and ears couldn't be more pleased. His singing is lacking nothing. Bottom to top, he quite simply does it right. No messy technical terms and opera babble.... He just sings right. This, coupled with an innate musicality, makes for a musical experience that will set new standards for singers young and old. This CD gives people a chance to hear Mr. Gunn singing 20+ songs of a musical variety that impresses. It also gives a chance to hear him sing in his native tongue,(a particular treat with any singer) making it a CD which is enjoyable for even those people who feel unable to identify with classical vocal music. The music is lovely. The title song alone, written by very talented composer Gene Scheer, is likely to rekindle long-dormant feelings of nationalistic pride in any American. This will bring hours of listening pleasure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on January 1, 2006
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I first listened to this recording at the recommendation of a voice teacher and I am eternally grateful. I strongly recommend this album. Nathan Gunn is an extremely talented singer. As a singer myself (also a baritone like Nathan Gunn) I find much in his voice to model.

Nathan Gunn has an extremely beautiful voice, superb technique and execution, and has a very natural sound. There is an old steriotype of opera as sounding forced or artificial, but Nathan Gunn does a great job of avoiding this. He does a great job of communicating the "story" of the song to the listener, and I frequently found myself taken to the world of the song. Listening to many of his songs are like opening a good book and Nathan Gunn takes you there.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ironcharles on December 19, 2005
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I only recently discovered Mr. Gunn, but after hearing this recording, it makes me wonder why his name has eluded me for so long. Simply put, Nathan Gunn sings like a god! His voice is pure, and hypnotically beautiful to listen to. Turn on this CD and you will be wrapped in the most luxurious blanket of sound--his phrasing is impeccable, and his dynamics are wonderfully varied without being affected. His recording of Barber's "Nocturne" is haunting. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" shows he isn't afraid of low notes, and the ending has some of the most spectacular high notes I've ever heard from a baritone. The Copland songs are also well done, as are the two John Jacob Niles selections. I wasn't familiar with Gene Scheer's songs prior to this CD, but they are all quite remarkable, though most especially "Lean Away" and "American Anthem." This is the best addition to my CD collection in a long time. I'm only saddened by the fact he doesn't have more recordings available. Mr. Gunn, I know you're busy with your opera schedule, but for those of us who can't make it to New York to see you in person, please record another CD!
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