MICHAEL DAUGHERTY (b.1954): Letters from Lincoln for Baritone and Orchestra, ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945): Langsamer Satz, Im Sommerwind.
Catalogue Number: 02L105
Label: E1 Entertainment
Description: This 27-minute work was commissioned by the Spokane Symphony with local boy Hampson as soloist. Using Lincoln's own words, sung rather than spoken, helps avoid the monotony and sense of dutifulness which often infects works of this sort and Daugherty's established ability to interweave examples of all aspects of American serious and popular music into his new compositions goes a long way further to make it enjoyable as fragments of hymns, popular songs, country fiddling, bugle calls and spirituals make unobtrusive and useful appearances throughout. Texts included. Thomas Hampson (baritone), Spokane Symphony; Eckart Preu.