American Classics - American Anthem - Ives, Copland, Barber, Rorem, etc / Nathan Gunn, Kevin Murphy

Album Summary

>Traditional : Shenandoah
>Gorney, Jay : Brother, can you spare a dime?
>Rorem, Ned : Early in the morning
>Rorem, Ned : The lordly Hudson
>Scheer, Gene : At Howard Hawks's house
>Scheer, Gene : Holding each other
>Niles, John Jacob : The lass from the low countree
>Musto, John : Recuerdo
>Barber, Samuel : Nocturne, Op. 13, no 4
>Barber, Samuel : Sure on this shining night
>Bolcom, William : Fur (Murray the furrier)
>Bolcom, William : Over the piano
>Bolcom, William : Black Max (As told by the de Kooning boys)
>Ives, Charles : Slugging a vampire
>Ives, Charles : Two little flowers (and dedicated to them)
>Ives, Charles : General William Booth enters into Heaven
>Hoiby, Lee : The Lamb
>Niles, John Jacob : I wonder as I wander (Appalachian carol)
>Copland, Aaron : At the river
>Copland, Aaron : Long time ago
>Scheer, Gene : Lean away
>Scheer, Gene : American anthem
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Notes & Reviews:

"Opera singers venturing into non-classical territory can easily produce embarrassing results: mannered, over-inflected performances that betray the spirit of the music. Fortunately, Nathan Gunn has the kind of voice, the technique, and the sensibility to persuasively put across the variety of American music on this collection, which includes folk songs, Tin Pan Alley, cabaret songs, art songs, and contemporary pop-influenced ballads.

Gunn's baritone has the flexibility to embody the refinement required by the songs by Barber and Copland, the ruggedness that suits "Brother, can you spare a dime?," and the unaffected simplicity appropriate for the folk songs, such as "Shenandoah" and "The lass from the low countree." Gunn's voice is full-bodied and distinctively masculine, with a ringing top and plenty of solidity at the lowest reaches. Equally at home in the various styles, Gunn invests each with the right character. He brings freshness and depth of feeling to the standard recital fare, such as Barber's "Nocturne" and "Sure on this shining night" and selections from Copland's "Old American Songs," and a sly whimsicality to Bolcom's "Fur" and "Black Max." Ives' "General William Booth enters into Heaven" is somewhat reserved; Gunn doesn't have quite have the rambunctious abandon to unleash its full madcap theatricality.

Contemporary new art song is strongly represented with works by John Musto and Gene Scheer; Musto's lovely, wistful, witty setting of Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Recuerdo" is a standout. Pianist Kevin Murphy provides an energetic and responsive accompaniment. EMI's sound is clean, lively, and present." -All Music Guide

BBC Music Magazine
Nathan Gunn gives cool, patrician performances in a cunningly woven quilt of New World song from Barber and Bolcom to Ives and Rorem. Sadly no song texts here.



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Works Details

>Traditional : Shenandoah
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.

>Gorney, Jay : Brother, can you spare a dime?
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Rorem, Ned : Early in the morning
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1955

>Rorem, Ned : The lordly Hudson
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1947

>Scheer, Gene : At Howard Hawks's house
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Scheer, Gene : Holding each other
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Niles, John Jacob : The lass from the low countree
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Musto, John : Recuerdo
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Barber, Samuel : Nocturne, Op. 13, no 4
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940

>Barber, Samuel : Sure on this shining night
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938

>Bolcom, William : Fur (Murray the furrier)
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1977-1985

>Bolcom, William : Over the piano
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1977-1985

>Bolcom, William : Black Max (As told by the de Kooning boys)
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1977-1985

>Ives, Charles : Slugging a vampire
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1902

>Ives, Charles : Two little flowers (and dedicated to them)
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : General William Booth enters into Heaven
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Hoiby, Lee : The Lamb
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1987

>Niles, John Jacob : I wonder as I wander (Appalachian carol)
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Copland, Aaron : At the river
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1952

>Copland, Aaron : Long time ago
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Scheer, Gene : Lean away
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Scheer, Gene : American anthem
  • Performers: Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Kevin Murphy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal