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Thomas Hampson (Baritone Vocal): American Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

Track List

>Jeannie with the light brown hair
>Hard times come again no more
>Open the lattice love
>Beautiful dreamer
>That's what's the matter
>Oh! Susanna Medley
>My old Kentucky home, good night
>Nelly Bly Medley
>voice of bygone days, The
>Molly, do you love me?
>Sweetly she sleeps
>Comrades, fill my glass no more
>Gentle Annie
>Linger in blissful repose
>Ah! May the red rose live alway

Album Notes

Stephen Foster was the father of the popular song, and his music is indelibly stamped in the nation's consciousness. It is hard to believe that one man wrote "I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair," "Camptown Races," "Beautiful Dreamer," and the heartbreaking "Hard Times Come Again No More." That's why this recording of his music is so special. Rather than drowning the tunes in full orchestration, a simple outfit of fiddle, piano, and guitar accompanies Thomas Hampson's superb voice. It seems this is as close as one can come to realizing the original style of this music. Due credit should be given to Jay Ungar, who provides excellent musical direction and violin playing. ~ Tim Sheridan


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