Program 2: Stephen Foster

“Stephen Foster’s music is the trunk of the tree of American song, sturdy with songs we love to sing,” says Thomas Hampson. In this program we explore Foster’s music, the varied artistic roots he drew from, and the musical branches that grew from his work.

Song listings with composer / poet, performers, CD label, and CD number:

Open Thy Lattice, Love
Stephen Foster / George Pope Morris
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, mandolin; Molly Mason, bass; David Alpher, piano
EMI 54621

Oh! Susanna
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band
Ballad of America, Volume 2

Camptown Races
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Pete Seeger, singer and guitar
Smithsonian Folkways American Favorite Ballads Volume 2 SFW40151

Le Banjo
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Philip Martin, piano
Hyperion 66459.

Symphony #2, fifth movement
Charles Ives
New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Sony Classical 60202

Oft in the Stilly Night
Traditional Irish tune arranged by John Stevenson / Thomas Moore
Maggie Teyte, soprano
Pearl 9326.

Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, violin; Molly Mason, bass and guitar; David Alpher, piano
Angel 54621

Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali
from Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti / Salvatore Cammarano after Sir Walter Scott
José Carreras, tenor; New Philharmonia Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos
London 470421

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Osian Ellis, harp
London 417 242

Nelly Was a Lady
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
THM 5432

Old Folks at Home
Stephen Foster, arranged by Antonin Dvorak / Stephen Foster
Arthur Woodley, baritone; Collegiate Chorale and Harmonie Ensemble, Steven Richman, conductor
Music & Arts 4926.

Swanee River Rock
Ray Charles, based on Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Ray Charles, singer
The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years, Rhino Records

George Gershwin, based on Stephen Foster / Irving Caesar
Al Jolson, singer
PIMO 6044

Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar and Evan Stover, violin; Molly Mason, bass; David Alpher, piano 
Angel 54621

Hard Times Come Again No More
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Willie Nelson, singer and guitar; Darol Anger, fiddle; David Grisman, mandolin; Phillip Aaberg, keyboard
Six Degrees/Island; album: Heritage

Beautiful Dreamer
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, violin; Molly Mason, guitar; David Alpher, piano
Angel 54621



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