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American Anthem: FROM RAGTIME TO ART SONG

Nathan Gunn, Kevin Murphy Audio CD
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  • Performer: Nathan Gunn, Kevin Murphy
  • Composer: Traditional, Jay Gorney, Ned Rorem, Gene Scheer, John Jacob Niles
  • Audio CD (8 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000IWW3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Shenandoah (Arr. Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime (E. Y. Harburg)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Early In The Morning (Robert Hilyer)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Lordly Hudson (Paul Goodman)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. At Howard Hawk's House (Gene Scheer, Piano Arr. Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Holding Each Other (Gene Scheer, Piano Arr. Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Lass From The Low Countree (Text Adapted By John Jacob Niles)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Recuerdo (Edna St. Vincent Millay)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nocturne, Op. 13/4 (Frederic Prokosch)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sure On This Shining Night (James Agee)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fur (Murray The Furrier) (Arnold Weinstein)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Over The Piano (Arnold Weinstein)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Black Max (As Told By The De Kooning Boys) (Arnold Weinstein)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Slugging A Vampire (Charles Ives)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy0:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Two Little Flowers (And Dedicated To Them) (Charles Ives)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. General William Booth Enters Into Heaven (From A Poem By Vachel Lindsay)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Lamb (William Blake)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Wonder As I Wander (Appalachian Carol Adapted/Arranged John Jacob Niles & Lewis Henry HortonNathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. At The River (Hymn Tune Arr. Aaron Copland From Old American Songs)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Long Time Ago (Folksong Arr. Aaron Copland From Old American Songs Set 1)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Lean Away (Gene Scheer, Arr. Andrew Thomas)Kevin Murphy/Nathan Gunn 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. American Anthem (Gene Scheer, Piano Arrangement Lee Musiker)Nathan Gunn/Kevin Murphy 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous debut album 7 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This first album by the young American baritone, Nathan Gunn, is definitely worth every music lover's attention. Gunn possesses a rich and sonorous baritone which he uses to wonderful effect. The song selection is superb and ranges from the familiar to the new, and from the traditional to the adventurous. But even such familiarly beautiful songs such as "Shenandoah", which opens the album, are set with imagination and a touch of poignant dissonance. A real find on the album are the songs of Gene Scheer. Listen especially to "At Howard Hawks' House" and "Lean Away". The latter is a love song that will knock your socks off. But also introduced to me were the songs of Weinstein and Bolcom. Here note especially "Black Max", a rich, almost surrealistically threatening song which nevertheless conveys a dark humor as it introduces us to the mysterious Max. Beautifully performed also are the traditional Copland folk songs. Kevin Murphy's accompaniment is accomplished and sympathetic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice performance of this repertoire 9 Jan 2004
By David B VINE VOICE
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This is a lovely recording of American art songs. Nathan Gunn's voice has a good 'weight' for this repertoire, and the performance is heartfelt and stylish. There is a nice mix of American repertoire here and some of the arrangements are unusual and lovely. The accompaniment is accomplished.
I obtained this CD secondhand recently, having noted a review years ago but never finding the CD, in the days before online ordering! I'm delighted to have obtained it at last. A most satisfying disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American baritone sings American song 11 Feb 2001
By klavierspiel - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems as if vocal connoisseurs are always lamenting the imminent demise of the art of classical singing. On the basis of this disc such doomsaying is seriously misplaced. Nathan Gunn is a young American baritone who has created quite a stir in the past few years, much of it for the wrong reasons. Not that there is anything undesirable in an opera singer having handsome looks and a physique that reduced even the staid New York Times to babbling about underwear modeling. What has to be said is that Gunn has the musical goods in abundance as well. His voice, while not huge in live performance, is darkly beautiful in timbre and takes most happily to recording. He also has, on the evidence of his notes to this eclectic collection of American song, an intelligent and thoughtful musical mind.
The music on this disc traverses the gamut of things American, from familiar art songs, to crossover ballads, to folk song arrangements and patriotic lyrics. Familiar names from "serious" music such as Barber, Rorem, Copland and Ives rub shoulders with more popularly oriented composers such as Gorney, Scheer and Bolcom. Gunn sings it all with a seemingly endless flow of beautiful sound, sensitivity to words and changing moods, and above all, evident love of the music. He encompasses the biting humor of "Black Max (Bolcom)," the bluesy lament of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime (Gorney)," the grandiosity of "General William Booth Enters into Heaven (Ives)" and the tenderness of "Sure on this Shining Night (Barber)" with equal ease. With such a refulgent top voice, it is understandable that one or two keys seem to have been chosen to display high notes rather than for ideal ease of expression and diction. Also, pianist Kevin Murphy, while accurate and sensitive, frequently seems less than fully engaged in the music making. This may be a fault of the somewhat distant recording ambiance which keeps the piano decidely in the background. Still, these are quibbles. Nathan Gunn, the American song, and most important, the art of singing all emerge as winners on this superb album.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just A Beautiful Voice!!!!!! 25 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nathan Gunn has proven, in only a short time, that he is an artist to be reckoned with. He is arguably one of the most beautiful baritone voices to be heard in this century and his artistry is mature despite his young age. His voice has depth and beauty but soars lyrically with a proficiency often lacking in many baritones in his repertory (which is vast). His lieder work has the style and inflection hoped for in any concert work. Moreover, unlike many young lieder singers out there, he avoids the temptation to imitate Fischer-Dieskau stylistically and vocally. His opera work is dynamic and musical. With the looks of a young Sean Connery, he steps onto the stage and the eyes and ears couldn't be more pleased. His singing is lacking nothing. Bottom to top, he quite simply does it right. No messy technical terms and opera babble.... He just sings right. This, coupled with an innate musicality, makes for a musical experience that will set new standards for singers young and old. This CD gives people a chance to hear Mr. Gunn singing 20+ songs of a musical variety that impresses. It also gives a chance to hear him sing in his native tongue,(a particular treat with any singer) making it a CD which is enjoyable for even those people who feel unable to identify with classical vocal music. The music is lovely. The title song alone, written by very talented composer Gene Scheer, is likely to rekindle long-dormant feelings of nationalistic pride in any American. This will bring hours of listening pleasure.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recordings 2 Jan 2006
By The Actor - Published on Amazon.com
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I first listened to this recording at the recommendation of a voice teacher and I am eternally grateful. I strongly recommend this album. Nathan Gunn is an extremely talented singer. As a singer myself (also a baritone like Nathan Gunn) I find much in his voice to model.

Nathan Gunn has an extremely beautiful voice, superb technique and execution, and has a very natural sound. There is an old steriotype of opera as sounding forced or artificial, but Nathan Gunn does a great job of avoiding this. He does a great job of communicating the "story" of the song to the listener, and I frequently found myself taken to the world of the song. Listening to many of his songs are like opening a good book and Nathan Gunn takes you there.

Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Singing! 19 Dec 2005
By Ironcharles - Published on Amazon.com
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I only recently discovered Mr. Gunn, but after hearing this recording, it makes me wonder why his name has eluded me for so long. Simply put, Nathan Gunn sings like a god! His voice is pure, and hypnotically beautiful to listen to. Turn on this CD and you will be wrapped in the most luxurious blanket of sound--his phrasing is impeccable, and his dynamics are wonderfully varied without being affected. His recording of Barber's "Nocturne" is haunting. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" shows he isn't afraid of low notes, and the ending has some of the most spectacular high notes I've ever heard from a baritone. The Copland songs are also well done, as are the two John Jacob Niles selections. I wasn't familiar with Gene Scheer's songs prior to this CD, but they are all quite remarkable, though most especially "Lean Away" and "American Anthem." This is the best addition to my CD collection in a long time. I'm only saddened by the fact he doesn't have more recordings available. Mr. Gunn, I know you're busy with your opera schedule, but for those of us who can't make it to New York to see you in person, please record another CD!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gunn Voice 20 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. Mr. Gunn's rich baritone is both pleasant and powerful with a deep, rich bottom yet he surprises with clear ringing top notes.
Though some of the CD selections aren't up to the quality of Mr. Gunn's gorgeous instrument, it's a thrilling debut CD. He excells with "Shenandoah", "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?", "The Lordly Hudson", "I Wonder As I Wander" and "At the River". He even throws in some unexpected humor. ("Slugging A Vampire")
I hope we will see more recordings from this incredible talent! I also hope that he'll make time in his growing schedule to revisit Boston...soon!
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