Echoes of Nightingales

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This little disc, thoroughly American in conception despite its British issuer, offers more than it might seem at first glance. American soprano Christine Brewer was inspired to collect the material by her work with a voice teacher, Glenn Freiner of McKendree College in Illinois, who heard Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel, and Eleanor Steber as they toured the U.S. and collected programs or wrote down what they sang. Brewer's program is thus a snapshot of some music that was once reasonably common but has now, with the exception of the Broadway selections by Leonard Bernstein, Vincent Youmans, and a few others, been almost totally forgotten. Some of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This little disc, thoroughly American in conception despite its British issuer, offers more than it might seem at first glance. American soprano Christine Brewer was inspired to collect the material by her work with a voice teacher, Glenn Freiner of McKendree College in Illinois, who heard Kirsten Flagstad, Eileen Farrell, Helen Traubel, and Eleanor Steber as they toured the U.S. and collected programs or wrote down what they sang. Brewer's program is thus a snapshot of some music that was once reasonably common but has now, with the exception of the Broadway selections by Leonard Bernstein, Vincent Youmans, and a few others, been almost totally forgotten. Some of the material has a precious quality, it's true, but set aside the contemporary requirement of irony for a while and you'll probably enjoy the album. Hardhearted would be the listener who could resist "Sea Moods" by Mildred Lund Tyson, for whom not even a deathdate is known, with its picture of white wavelets "tumbling along, rippling with song, as tho' to mock my tears." Several of the composers are women; the charmingly named Idabelle Firestone was the wife of Harvey Firestone of tire and rubber fame. The soprano with which each song was identified is indicated, but all the music is cut from the same cloth even though the four singers represented had quite different repertories. Brewer has a pleasant, rounded voice and the right sense of humor for the material, but she's oddly a bit less comfortable in the pieces that approach the American popular language most closely. Nevertheless, this album will be of interest to popular music buffs as well as to fans of the opera singers involved, for, with the exception of Flagstad, these singers had a place in the popular world. No less a figure than Jimmy Durante is said to have mistakenly entered Traubel's dressing room and emerged with the remark "Nobody knows the Traubel I've seen." A charming find for vocalists, who should definitely check out the hilarious final track, "Review"; it is Brewer's own encore, not one from the repertoires of the four main singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571178134
  • Catalog Number: 67813
  • Sales rank: 318,906

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sing to me, sing, Op 28 - Sidney Homer & Christine Brewer (1:49)
  2. 2 O Lovely Night for voice & orchestra - Landon Ronald & Christine Brewer (3:22)
  3. 3 At parting - James H. Rogers & Christine Brewer (1:47)
  4. 4 Sleep That Flits On Baby's Eyes for voice & piano - John Alden Carpenter & Christine Brewer (2:26)
  5. 5 Hickory Hill - Sargent & Christine Brewer (2:34)
  6. 6 Through the Years, operetta: [Excerpt] - Vincent Youmans & Christine Brewer (3:55)
  7. 7 There shall be more joy - Paul Nordoff & Nordoff (2:12)
  8. 8 Hills - Frank La Forge & Christine Brewer (2:31)
  9. 9 Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114 - Frank Bridge & Christine Brewer (1:53)
  10. 10 In my garden - Idabelle Firestone & Christine Brewer (3:42)
  11. 11 Will You Remember?, song (from "Maytime") - Sigmund Romberg & Christine Brewer (4:21)
  12. 12 If I Could Tell You - Idabelle Firestone & Christine Brewer (3:18)
  13. 13 Die Letzte Rose (as interpolated into "Martha") - Friedrich von Flotow & Thomas Moore (2:48)
  14. 14 Song of Songs (Chanson du coeur brisé), for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Harold Vicars Moya & Christine Brewer (4:47)
  15. 15 Stopping By the Woods On A Snowy Evening, for voice & piano - John La Montaine & Christine Brewer (1:49)
  16. 16 Happiness is a thing called Joe, song - Harold Arlen & E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (3:59)
  17. 17 On the Town, musical: Some other time - Leonard Bernstein & Christine Brewer (2:34)
  18. 18 When I Have Sung My Songs, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ernest Charles & Ernest Charles (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine Brewer Primary Artist
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