THOMAS HAMPSON Autograph - to be released on Warner Classics this March. Encompassing opera, operetta, song, oratorio and Broadway musicals, this special collection – Thomas Hampson has personally overviewed the track selection – showcases his remarkable versatility and highlights some of his greatest operatic roles.
NOTTURNO. "This may be one of the finest recordings in the extensive discography of Thomas Hampson, and anyone with even a passing interest in Strauss's songs should consider adding this to their collection, no matter what other treasures might already be there." - Fanfare
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Thomas Hampson Autograph – to be released on Warner Classics this March
February 27, 2015
One of today’s most innovative and insightful singers, Thomas Hampson is widely admired for his accomplished performances and his commitment to musical research and education. Encompassing opera, operetta, song, oratorio and Broadway musicals, this special collection – Thomas Hampson has personally overviewed the track selection – showcases his remarkable versatility and highlights some of his greatest operatic roles. The set also includes an interview documentary CD by Jon Tolansky, which offers fascinating insights into Hampson’s career and achievements.
In 2015, Thomas Hampson celebrates his 60th birthday. The American baritone’s international career was launched in 1981, when he joined the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and he is renowned for the beauty and intelligence of his singing in opera and concert, and for his scholarly exploration of song – not least through his Hampsong Foundation, which propagates the art form.
‘Impassioned’ and ‘significant’ performances in Florida
February 17, 2015
“Sunday afternoon, Hampson brought a sampling from the spectrum of American song and a major vocal-orchestral work by John Adams to the New World Center in Miami Beach . . . He opened with My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free . . . In superb form, Hampson’s warm, resonant baritone and innate feeling for the idiom were entrancing. With the audience in the palm of his hand, he launched into a rousing version of The Dodger from Aaron Copland’s 1950 collection of Old American Songs . . . In Flanders Fieldcontrasts the once beautiful poppy fields with the multitudinous crosses of the dead. Hampson’s superbly clear diction, attention to dynamics and impassioned advocacy mirrored the songs’ uneasy contrast of patriotism and tragedy.
Following intermission, Hampson was joined by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the New World Symphony for Adams’ The Wound Dresser . . . Now stentorian, then dulcet, Hampson imbued Whitman’s imagery and the lyrical vocal writing with understated emotion. His voicing of Come sweet death, come quickly was chilling.”
Lawrence Budmen – South Florida Classical Review
Highlights from recent NYC performances
February 11, 2015
Thomas Hampson presented a Carnegie Hall recital on February 9, featuring an affecting and thoughtfully curated program:
“In classical music, the difference between art and artifact is made up by context . . . But give that music some meaning in terms of our own memories and cultural experiences, and it comes alive. No one in classical music does this better than baritone Thomas Hampson . . . Hampson and Reiger played some explicitly martial music, but for the most part they gave the audience music that turned war from policy into consequence: loss, death, haunted memories . . . There were two Langston Hughes songs, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” composed by Margaret Bonds, and Jean Berger’s great “Lonely People.” Bonds’ song may not be a masterpiece, but Hampson sang it like one . . . A true masterpiece finished the concert, Bernstein’s setting of an unpublished Whitman poem, “To What You Said,” from the composer’s Songfest . . . Bernstein’s song is one of the great art songs, of any time, in any language, and Hampson’s singing it is always one of the great experiences in music.”
George Grella – New York Classical Review
Upcoming performances in the U.S.
February 9, 2015
A true champion of modern works, Thomas Hampson has selected pieces for his upcoming performances that reflect the energy and vibrancy of today’s contemporary music scene. Thomas Hampson travels to the sunny state of Florida to present a recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger, on February 11. The Society of The Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL, hosts this special event, with a program featuring the Florida premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, which received its world premiere on February 9 as part of Mr. Hampson’s Carnegie Hall Recital. The evening will also feature music by Strauss, Barber, Copland, Ives, and many others. Following his appearance in Palm Beach, Mr. Hampson performs with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, led by renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert (February 15) includes music by Copland, Ives, Adams, Foster, Hopkinson, and Higdon’s Civil Words.
In March, Hampson will sing another premiere; “War Songs,” by composer Richard Danielpour. The Nashville Symphony commissioned these songs especially for the occasion, to be premiered by Mr. Hampson. Additionally, he will perform Danielpour’s new work “Songs of Solitude” as part of the concerts, which also feature Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 from the orchestra, led by Giancarlo Guerrero. Performances take place March 12, 13 & 14.
BBC HARDtalk - Thomas Hampson
Sarah Montague speaks to opera star Thomas Hampson who says the way to get people to love opera is to get them to understand it, and then it has the power to transform. If Hampson is right, could one of the most elite and expensive art forms have worldwide appeal?