- Performer: Christine Brewer, Roger Vignoles
- Conductor: none
- Composer: Arlen, Bridge, Carpenter, Charles, Firestone, et al.
- Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: HYPERION
- ASIN: B004K4T6BQ
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This delightful disc from Christine Brewer, one of the most admired sopranos of today, pays homage to both an important musical tradition and four great sopranos from the past. The repertoire includes the encore-songs performed by Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel and Eleanor Steber at the end of their recitals. Brewer is ably accompanied by her long-time collaborator Roger Vignoles.
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In Brewer's words: 'This collection of songs was inspired by a long-time love of this mostly American repertoire. ... Stepping back into that era has been a joy to Roger and me, and I hope it will bring back memories to those who might have heard these women sing these songs, or perhaps ignite a new love affair for younger listeners!'
The complete list of songs and composers is as follows:
Sidney Homer (1864-1953): "Sing to me, sing," Op. 48
Edwin McArthur (1907-87): "Night"
Arthur Walter Kramer (1890-1969): "Now like a lantern," Op. 44, No. 5
Mildred Lund Tyson (1900-?): "Sea Moods"
Sir Landon Ronald (1873-1938): "O lovely night!"
James H. Rogers (1857-1940): "At Parting"
John Alden Carpenter (1876-1951): "The sleep that flits on baby's eyes"
Paul Sargent (1910-87): "Hickory Hill"
Vincent Youmans (1898-1946): "Through the years"
Paul Nordoff (1909-77): "There shall be more joy"
Frank La Forge (1879-1953): "Hills"
Frank Bridge (1879-1941): "Love went a-riding"
Idabelle Firestone (1874-1954): "In my garden"
Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951): "Will you remember? Sweetheart" from Maytime
Idabelle Firestone (1874-1954): "If I could tell you"
Trad./Thomas Moore (1779-1852), arr. Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883): "The last rose of summer" from Martha
Harold Vicars (?-?): "The song of songs (Chanson du coeur brisé)"
John La Montaine (b.1920): "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening"
Harold Arlen (1905-86): "Happiness is a thing called Joe" from Cabin in the Sky
Leonard Bernstein (1918-90): "Some other time" from On the Town
Ernest Charles (1895-1984): "When I have sung my songs"
Celius Dougherty (1902-1986): "Review"
This is a gracious tribute to great ladies of song by another very great lady of song and heart. Grady Harp. June 11
Well, it really takes a St. Louis Woman, as Mme Traubel would remind us, to deliver this material--some mawkishly sentimental--with a straight face, and some British reviewers (who had admired Brewer's scaling down for the Hyperion Schubert Lieder omnibus project) took great and immediate offense over this warmhearted and respectful release. Completely missing its conceptual and musicological foci, they excoriated Brewer for squandering a magnificently large instrument and technique on slight, lesser (and mostly American) songs. This completely ignores hallowed American performance traditions for concertizing divas and divos (the great Jussi Bjoerling shared idiomatically in this repertoire as well), and it shamelessly begs the moot question of the classical singer's artistic right to cross over and sing the Broadway blues--Farrell yes, Dame Kiri no. (I worry that our spoilt British cousins have simply grown unused to a robust colonial voice this huge and commanding, since the really big British voices like Eva Turner's or Rita Hunter's come round so seldom.) Christine had another influential mentor, one Birgit Nilsson, who I believe would just cackle over the inane and ignorant Brewer brouhaha and launch into another giddy encore of "I could have danced all night."