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  • Orchestra: Spokane Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eckart Preu
  • Composer: Michael Daugherty
  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B002Y0XCT0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Michael Daugherty (b. 1954, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994 and the Houston Grand Opera premiered his opera Jackie O in 1996. Since that time, his music has entered the orchestral, band, opera and chamber music repertory and made him, according to the League of American Orchestras, one of the ten most performed living American composers. In addition to being one of the most performed, commissioned and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today, Daugherty is Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thomas Hampson is a singer, actor, scholar and teacher. Born in Elkhart, Indiana, he was raised in Spokane, WA. He began his professional career as a voice student of Sr. Marietta Coyle, and at the age of 19 first appeared in an opera production - portraying a youthful father of the two title characters in Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel." In 1980 he went to Europe and had his first permanent engagement at Düsseldorf's Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Hampson's encounter with Leonard Bernstein had a strong impact on his life and career and led the way to his becoming one of today's leading interpreters of the music of Gustav Mahler. Mr. Hampson's passion for the lied repertoire extends well beyond Schubert and Richard Strauss - he has devoted himself especially to American composers. His musical versatility has allowed him to be equally successful in opera, operetta, oratorio and musical theater. He has made appearances at the world's major opera houses including the Zurich Opera, New York's Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Vienna State Opera. Eckart Preu has been Music Director of the Spokane Symphony since 2004. He also serves as music director of the Stamford (Conn.) Symphony. Previous posts include Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony and Resident Conductor with the American Symphony Orchestra. A native of Germany, Preu came to the United States as winner of the National Conducting Competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (1996) for graduate studies with Harold Farberman at the Hartt School of Music. In Germany he earned a masters degree in conducting from the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar studying under Gunther Kahlert and Nicolas Pasquet. He also studied under Jean-Sebastien Bereau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in France.

The Spokane Symphony, the regional professional orchestra for the Inland Northwest, has been presenting concerts since 1945. Since 2007, the Spokane Symphony has made its home in Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, a recently renovated exciting performing arts center that blends 1930's ambiance with 21st century technology and acoustics. Under the direction of Music Director Eckart Preu, the 70-piece orchestra performs for more than 150,000 listeners each season and provides a wide variety of exceptional educational experiences. The orchestra presents critically acclaimed performances featuring some of the world's most respected soloists.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Jordan on March 9, 2010
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" Letters from Lincoln" by Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty has an impressive original recording dedicated to the historical greatness of Abraham Lincoln, with orchestra and baritone Thomas Hampson. A challenging interpretation of Lincoln's own words. Heart rendering events bear irresistible testimony of the esteem and respect all maintained for him and his loss which no time can efface.

In the opening movement " Lincoln's Funeral Train " it refects the end of an era in interpretive depth evolving into the next movement " Autobiography " with the beginning of an era, and narrative description of Lincoln.

" Abraham Lincoln is My Name " is colorfully textured with dancing juxtaposing fiddle music, evoking strength and determination.

" The Mystic Chords of Memory ", is lyrically dramatically haunting in this movement with impressions of memories coming to light.

" Letter to Mrs Bixby " resonates with compassion that spreads to harsh realities, a mother who lost five sons killed in the war, concludes with shadows of her son Tad , and possibilities of finding grace.

" Mrs Lincoln's Music Box " is mirrored with bugle calls and undertones of moderistic surrealism, feelings of her anxiety, clothed in unfounded fears.

" Gettysburg Address " opens with musical scores of tranquil velvety depth. Premiered by musical director Eckart Preu, with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the voice of Thomas Hampson . Thomas Hampson's unmatched virtuosity in his voice conveys Lincoln's passion and mornful introspection inspired by Lincoln's own sense of loss, private and public. Orchestrated colorings luxuriate and reflects Lincoln's inner conflict, a difficult task to undertake using The Gettysburg Address.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Brozeit on March 23, 2013
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After listening to Hampson in concert sing Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, I felt compelled to purchase this cd. The effect is stunning. Anyone with a reverance for the legacy of Lincoln should consider giving this one a try. Hampson's majestic baritone voice combined with Lincoln's prose lend a certain poignancy and shine an unexpected light on Lincoln's personality and intellect.

Should you like this, then be sure to explore Hampson's Songs of America projects. By bringing back obscure and oft forgotten American art songs, Hampson, collaborating with the Library of Congress, resurrects true national treasures. He does the same with these Lincoln songs that were brought to life by Michael Daugherty.

The addition of the Webern songs, though incongruous with the Lincoln project, are also welcome additions that highlight the talent of Preu and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.
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