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Animal Songs - Bestiaries in English, French and German / Stephen Swanson, baritone; David Gompper, piano

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76
>Swann, Donald : The Warthog (The hog beneath the skin)
>Swann, Donald : The Armadillo
>Swann, Donald : The Spider
>Swann, Donald : The Sloth
>Swann, Donald : The Wild Boar
>Gompper, David Karl : The Animals, song cycle for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Baritone Stephen Swanson and pianist/composer David Gompper perform a program of songs about animals, including the world premiere recording of The Animals by David Gompper, which is a cycle of nine songs based on poetry by Marvin Bell. Ravel's Histoires naturelles is based on prose poems by Jules Renard. Ravel experimented with new methods of setting text in this elegant song cycle. Reger's songs were based on nursery rhymes and dedicated to his children. The selections from The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann include some of the most popular of this team's collaboration. Beautifully sung by Stephen Swanson, a professor of voice at the University of Iowa, these bestiaries offer animal songs in English, French and German.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
David Gompper's collection of animal songs feels mostly directed toward children, especially the Swann and Flanders. The Ravel stands out with its own personification of animals. Swanson's tone is rich and smooth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 :: no 48. Zwei Mäuschen
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1912

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 :: no 51. Die fünf Hühnerchen
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Stephen Swanson (Baritone)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1912

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 :: no 55. Furchthäschen
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1912

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 :: no 56. Der Igel
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1912

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 :: no 57. Die Bienen
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1912

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76 :: no 58. Mausefangen
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1912

>Swann, Donald : The Warthog (The hog beneath the skin)
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Swann, Donald : The Armadillo
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Swann, Donald : The Spider
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Swann, Donald : The Sloth
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Swann, Donald : The Wild Boar
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); Donald Swann (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gompper, David Karl : The Animals, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stephen Swanson (Baritone); David Gompper (Piano)
  • Notes: Audio Recording Sutdios, Bentleyville, Ohio (08/02/2011-08/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2009