Baritone Thomas Hampson performs newly commissioned arrangements of songs by Brahms, Schubert and Wolf by English composer David Matthews
In February 2014, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and baritone Thomas Hampson toured a unique program entitled Tides of Life that featured songs by Brahms, Schubert and Wolf in newly commissioned arrangements for string ensemble and baritone written by English composer David Matthews. The practice of orchestrating older, preexisting 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. On this recording only Samuel Barber’s 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 recording 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.
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Hampson performs the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata February 24-April 14 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.