American Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

American Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

by Thomas Hampson


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Stephen Foster was the father of the popular song, and his music is indelibly stamped in the nation's consciousness. It is hard to believe that one man wrote "I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair," "Camptown Races," "Beautiful Dreamer," and the heartbreaking "Hard Times Come Again No More." That's why this recording of his music is so special. Rather than drowning the tunes in full orchestration, a simple outfit of fiddle, piano, and guitar accompanies Thomas Hampson's superb voice. It seems this is as close as one can come to realizing the original style of this music. Due credit should be given to Jay Ungar, who provides excellent musical direction and violin playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1992
Label: Angel Records
UPC: 0077775462128
catalogNumber: 54621
Rank: 12415

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Hampson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Human Whistle,Baritone (Vocal)
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Garrison Keillor   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Matt Glaser   Violin
Dave Bargeron   Tuba
Peter Ecklund   Cornet
John Kirk   Vocals
Molly Mason   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Michael Parloff   Flute
Mark Rust   Vocals
Evan Stover   Bass,Violin,Viola
Jay Ungar   Mandolin,Violin
Arnie Kinsella   Percussion
David Alpher   Piano

Technical Credits

Thomas Hampson   Concept
Michael Berniker   Producer
Paul Goodman   Engineer,Remixing
Molly Mason   Arranger
Jay Ungar   Arranger,Director
David Foil   Liner Notes
Emil Micha   Art Direction
David Alpher   Arranger
Guy Martin   Liner Notes

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