Thomas Hampson

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Thomas Hampson

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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann


Vittorio Grigolo (Hoffmann), Kate Lindsey (Nicklausse/Muse), Christine Rice (Giulietta), Sonya Yoncheva (Antonia), Sofia Fomina (Olympia), Thomas Hampson Coppélius/Dapertutto/Lindorf/Miracle)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus, Evelino Pidò (conductor) & John Schlesinger (director)

The final revival of this well-loved production by John Schlesinger provided the perfect vehicle for Vittorio Grigòlo as Hoffmann to display his wonderful voice and masterful acting, surrounded by an exemplary supporting cast, including Sonya Yoncheva in the role of Antonia, and Thomas Hampson as Hoffmann’s arch rivals. The production at the Royal Opera House (November 2016) garnered very good reviews, especially for Vittorio Grigòlo.

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Angel), Andrew Staples (Gerontius), Thomas Hampson (Priest/Angel of the Agony)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, RIAS Kammerchor, Daniel Barenboim

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

‘Barenboim's long association with, and love for, Elgar has effectively made it part of his musical DNA’ Gramophone

‘Barenboim made this a Gerontius of transcendental splendour’ Financial Times concert review

‘If anyone can make a case for Elgar outside Britain, and without special pleading, it's Daniel Barenboim, returning to conduct this British composer's works’ New York Times

“Staples is a young-sounding and affecting Gerontius…he uses his vulnerability to good effect…Wyn-Rogers sings with great feeling and intensity and an always vivid response to text…Hampson is hugely authoritative in his priestly exhortations…Barenboim’s Berlin choirs are both sensitive and impressive, and refreshingly true in intonation…So plenty to savour…I know I shall be returning to if often and with great pleasure.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

“A Gerontius of staggering power and terrible beauty...Barenboim’s reading plays up the work’s affinity to Parsifal, and even to the fire-and-brimstone sound-world of Verdi’s Requiem - the apocalyptic vision of God is the most terrifying and transcendent I’ve ever experienced...The sweetness of Staples' timbre doesn't preclude the strength needed for the work’s climactic moments.” Presto Classical, 14th July 2017

“The best parts of this recording are exactly those passages when this superb orchestra gives the impression of floating into celestial regions...Even when his pacing is unconvincing, there’s a gripping integrity and intensity to Barenboim’s approach...Barenboim’s account will takes its place alongside Elder’s (Hallé) and Britten’s (Decca) on my shelf marked “essential deathbed listening”.” The Times, 21st July 2017 ****

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Tides of Life

Tides of Life

Arrangements for string ensemble and baritone by David Matthews


Barber:

Dover Beach, Op. 3

Brahms:

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

Schubert:

An die Leier, D737 (Bruchmann)

Memnon, D541 (Mayrhofer)

Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)

Ständchen 'Zögernd leise', D920/921

Arrangement: Bob Zimmerman

Netherlands Female Youth Choir

Wolf, H:

Auf einer Wanderung (No. 15 from Mörike-Lieder)

Fussreise (No. 10 from Mörike-Lieder)

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Der Rattenfänger (No. 11 from Goethe-Lieder)

Italian Serenade in G major


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here, and our exclusive interview with Thomas Hampson here.

In February 2014 Amsterdam and Thomas Hampson made a tour of twelve European concert halls performing a unique programme. The heart of the programme consisted of new arrangements of songs by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. Amsterdam Sinfonietta commissioned the English composer David Matthews to arrange this song repertoire for string ensemble and baritone. These intimate compositions were performed in this new version for the first time in large-scale concert halls.

The practice of orchestrating older, pre-existing songs became the vogue in the nineteenth century, coinciding with the blossoming of a whole new genre; the orchestral song. Composers such as Mahler, Wolf, Berlioz, Liszt and Strauss wrote songs for piano and voice, which they later ‘emancipated’ by arranging them for voice and orchestra. A number of composers, including Brahms, Berlioz and later Weber and Reger, paid homage to their predecessors such as Schubert and Schumann by orchestrating their songs. On this recording only the version of Samuel Barber’s song Dover Beach remains close to the original. Composed for string quartet and baritone, the song is heard here in a version for baritone and string orchestra. This CD celebrates the years long collaboration between the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Thomas Hampson in bringing the great song repertoire to new audiences in a new manner.

“The results have immediate appeal and integrity, with the new timbres always enhancing rather than obfuscating the text, and striking a quite wonderful balance between fidelity to the spirit of the originals and little touches of happy anachronism here and there...One of the loveliest discs to come our way so far this year.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2017

“It’s not only the singing of baritone Thomas Hampson, on top form, that makes this recital so enjoyable; it’s the affectionate new string arrangements, joyously played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta...[Matthews] adds texture and illumination to already radiant songs, refreshing these lilies without gilding them.” The Guardian, 23rd February 2017 *****

“In his orchestrations Matthews makes inspired and sensitive use of string colour and intimate solos…and in Schubert's Ständchen for vocal ensemble, the demure-sounding girls' choir, supported by discreet strings in an arrangement by Bob Zimmerman, is the perfect foil for Hampson's velvety sound” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

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Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs

Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs


Danielpour:

Songs of Solitude

Toward the Splendid City

War Songs


Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero

Acclaimed as one of America’s leading contemporary composers, Richard Danielpour wrote Songs of Solitude as a response to the events of 9/11. Drawing on the poems of W.B. Yeats, the work enshrines a sense of economy and sparseness, formed of a set of six powerful orchestral songs. The motivating force for War Songs was a series of photographs of the young men and women killed in the Iraq War. The song cycle, with its texts by Walt Whitman, was written for the Nashville Symphony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Toward the Splendid City is a portrait of New York City driven by Danielpour’s love-hate relationship with his hometown.

“Both of these cycles were written for Thomas Hampson, who sings them magnificently.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“Basically tonal but spiced with seasoning from various sources.” MusicWeb International, 11th January 2017

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Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4

Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4


Szymanowski:

Król Roger

Thomas Hampson (King Roger), Elzieta Szmytka (Roxana), Philip Langridge (Edrisi), Ryszard Minkiewicz (Shepherd), Robert Gierlach (Archbishop), Jadwiga Rappé (Deaconess)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus

Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (Sinfonia Concertante)

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)


Simon Rattle’s luminous reading of Szymanowski’s philosophical opera King Roger won a Gramophone Award for opera on its first release in 2000. ‘A vibrantly dramatic account, revealing potent theatricality from the outset and sustaining its grip throughout’ (Gramophone), Rattle’s recording is coupled with Szymanowski’s colourful Fourth Symphony, with the solo piano part assuredly performed here by Leif Ove Andsnes.

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Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert


Massenet:

Vision fugitive (from Hérodiade)

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Ravel:

La Valse

Verdi:

I vespri siciliani Overture

Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza (from Don Carlo)

Dio, che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlo)

L'esule

arr. Berio

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Ciel, che feci! (from Oberto)

Cento leggiadre vergini (from Il corsaro)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Wagner:

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


Roland Villazón (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

A special outdoor “event production” with star tenor Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. Conducted by upcoming star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The programme includes popular arias, mostly from Verdi and Wagner.

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Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert


Massenet:

Vision fugitive (from Hérodiade)

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Ravel:

La Valse

Verdi:

I vespri siciliani Overture

Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza (from Don Carlo)

Dio, che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlo)

L'esule

arr. Berio

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Ciel, che feci! (from Oberto)

Cento leggiadre vergini (from Il corsaro)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Wagner:

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


A special outdoor “event production” with star tenor Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. Conducted by upcoming star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The programme includes popular arias, mostly from Verdi and Wagner.

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Thomas Hampson: Notturno

Thomas Hampson: Notturno

Songs by Richard Strauss


Strauss, R:

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Winternacht, Op. 15 No. 2

Mein Herz ist stumm, Op. 19 No. 6

Ach weh mir unglückhaftem Mann, Op. 21 No. 4

Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Sehnsucht Op. 32 No. 2

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Notturno, Op. 44 No. 1

with Daniel Hope (violin)

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland Op. 56 No. 6

Vom kunftigen Alter, Op. 87 No. 1

Und dann nicht mehr, Op. 87 No. 3

Im Sonnenschein, Op. 87 No. 4


Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Wolfram Rieger (piano)

“Richard Strauss’ songs provides each of us havens of contemplations as we travel our own paths and discover our own “stories” Thomas Hampson

This is one of DG’s key releases for the Strauss year, which marks the composer’s 150th birthday.

Thomas Hampson is widely regarded as one of the premier interpreters of German art song today.

In 2014, American baritone Thomas Hampson celebrates Richard Strauss’ 150th anniversary with several concerts in Europe and North America and a new production of the composer’s Arabella at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

With this release he adds to his his already considerable discography and videography on the label with an expertly-crafted collection of Lieder by Richard Strauss.

Starring guest artists DANIEL HOPE (track 13)

“All the songs benefit from Hampson's impeccably clear German and his ability, with Rieger's support, to set ideally well-judged speeds...it is Hampson who generally shapes the songs most persuasively, even if Fischer-Dieskau scores for intimacy...Hampson's new disc makes an important addition to the list.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Five-act version, sung in Italian


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

Giuseppe Verdi’s late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while Ferdinand Wögerbauer’s ultra-simple décor provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action.

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Five-act version, sung in Italian


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

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