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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024D1I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Mein Sehnen, mein Wahnen
2. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung...O, du mein holder Abendstern
3. O Vaterland, du machst bei Tag, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (from'Die lustige Witwe')
4. Faust, opera: Avnt de quitter ces lieux
5. Hérodiade, opera in 4 acts: Ce breuvage pourrait me donner un tel reve...vision fugitive
6. Don Carlo, opera: Carlos, ecoute...
7. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: La ran le lera...Largo al factotum
8. L'ultimo ricordo, song for baritone & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 1), QR iv/19
9. Oh! quand je dors (I), song for voice & piano, S. 282i (LW N11/1)
10. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome, song for voice & piano (Dichterliebe), Op. 48/6
11. Ich grolle nicht, song for voice & piano (Dichterliebe), Op. 48/7
12. Roses of Picardy for voice & piano
13. Beautiful Dreamer, for voice & piano
14. Johnny's Song, for voice & piano (from 'Johnny Johnson')
15. It was written in the stars, song (from 'Du Barry Was a Lady')
16. The Last Time I Saw Paris, song (from the film 'Lady Be Good')
17. Where is the life that late I led?, song (from 'Kiss Me Kate')
18. Anything You Can Do, song (for the musical Annie Get Your Gun)
19. Beauty and the Beast, musical play: If I Can't Love Her

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Ramos on February 22, 2002
Thomas Hampson is definitely one of the greatest artists on today's musical scene. This CD displays the beauty of Hampson's voice and the intelligence and artistry that he brings to a great variety of musical styles (German, French and Italian Opera; Italian, French and German art song, and American music). Among the highlights are the first selection, the beautiful "Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen" from DIE TOTE STADT by Korngold, sung with great control and melting pianissimos. The same can be said of the aria from TANNHAUSER. His live "Largo al Factotum" from IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA is just virtuosistic, with effortless high notes (even a cadenza up to high C) and energetic vocal acting. In the art songs he is no less impressive, with total involvement in the style and mood of the songs, being particularly impressive "Oh, quand je dors" by Lizt. The American repertoire is also a delight. Hampson displays all kind of nuances for this repertoire, from the estatic quality of "Beautiful Dreamer" to the humor and bawdiness of "Where Is The Life that Late I Led". In summary, this is a delightful and eclectic souvenir from one of the most charismatic and intelligent singers of our time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill B. Whitburn on October 31, 2001
This EMI disc, "Thomas Hampson, Portrait" is an excellent example of the wide range of this melliflous baritone. From the first German aria, Korngold's "Mein Sehnen, mein Wahnen" one of my personal favourites, to Jerome Kern's "The Last Time I saw Paris" you have great variety of opera, lieder and popular song offering you examples of Hampson's great talent. Buy and enjoy! Jill Whitburn
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17, 2006
No portrait of a singer can satisfy all cmers, so EMI has shrugged its shoulders and tossed a bit of everything into the pot. (Without including any bonus tracks, one should note.) Hampson is without a doubt the successor to Fischer-Dieskau as the world's most famous operatic baritone. His strengths, like F-D's, are in song, especially American song. Seven of the 19 cuts here are American songs, which isn't enough. We don't really need Hampson's rather plodding and earnest Viennese operetta aria, nor his duet, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" with the shrill Kim Criswell (to tell the truth, neither does very well). Two small slivers from Schumann's Dichterlieve cycle seems rather silly, too.

But that leaves a lot that's wonderful--all the American selections, the Rossini and Liszt songs, the aria form Korngold's Die Tote Stadt, and above all Hampson's rollicking, let-'er-rip rendition of Figaro's aria form the Barber of Seville. If this omnium gatherum entices listeners to bu the complete recordings, it will serve a very good purpose.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Pflueger on November 24, 2003
Short and Sweet.
I love listening to this beautiful baritone's voice, but I really don't like his choice of songs on this album. Beautiful Dreamer is so hackneyed and I can't stand to listen to it (also why I didn't buy the Stephen Foster album). I did like is choice of two classic lieder by Schumann. I would have chosen more lieder for a different album, he does great things with it. The Live recording of Largo al factotum from Barber is distracting with audience claps and poor mics for the recording. You can hear him walking away from the mics (fading in and out). The absolute worst choice is "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun. It sounds nice but I hate this song. The rest of the songs swing from Sappy awful to beautifully sung.
Bottom Line: Inconsistent and Not worth your money. He can do much better
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By GLOCKENBLAU on February 10, 2013
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Thomas Hampson rarely puts a foot wrong in my opinion. I could listen to his voice, singing or spoken, all day long. This is a beautiful album.
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