RADIO SERIES

Program 3: Song of Walt Whitman

Whitman, the “Bard of Democracy,” was the founder of a new American language. With music built deep into his poetry, it’s no surprise that Whitman has been a beacon for American composers.

 

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

The Commonplace
from Songs at Parting
Ernst Bacon / Walt Whitman
William Sharp, baritone; John Musto, piano
CRI 890

Walt Whitman
Charles Ives / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI Classics 0094635823929

Behold This Swarthy Face
Gerald Busby / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI Classics 0094635823929

We Two
Elinor Remick Warren / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
Angel/EMI09463 416452

Prayer of Columbus
Robert Strassburg / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI Classics 0094635823929

Ange si pur
from La Favorita
Gaetano Donizetti / Alphonse Royer and Gustav Vaez after Baculard d’Arnaud    
Ramon Vargas, tenor; Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Marcello Viotti
RCA/BMG 74321 66229 2

O You Whom I Often and Silently Come
Ned Rorem / Walt Whitman
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
EMI 54621; track 6

As I Watch'd the Ploughman Plowing
Philip Dalmas / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI Classics 0094635823929

Dirge for Two Veterans
from Four Walt Whitman Songs
Kurt Weill / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
Angel/EMI09463 416452

Look Down Fair Moon
Charles Naginski / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI Classics 0094635823929

Memories of Lincoln
William Harold Neidlinger / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano
EMI Classics 0094635823929

To What You Said
from Songfest
Leonard Bernstein / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano
Orfeo d'Or C707062

One Thought Ever At the Fore
from Songs at Parting
Ernst Bacon / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Wolfram Rieger, piano
Orfeo d'Or C707062