Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts: Songs of Stephen C. Foster (1836-1864) CD
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The Lyrichord Early Music series proudly presents the highly acclaimed American countertenor Jeffrey Dooley, and distinguished harpsichordist Kathryn Cok in a ground breaking celebration of the music and songs of 19th century American composer Steven Foster. Performed for the first time ever from a "baroque-perspective", Dooley and Cok are joined are joined on period instruments by some of the most respected Early Music players performing today, including Leah Nelson, John Delucia, Patricia Ann Neely and others, with guest percussionist Randy Crafton on authentic Civil War-era military drums. This legendary American musical legacy, from Foster's rousing Civil War marches to his most tender and moving parlour ballads, are once again brought to life in an approach that is both new and yet somehow inexplicably familiar.
The Twenty page booklet includes full song texts and an essay by noted New York Times Magazine and Newsday popular music journalist, and Foster biographer Ken Emerson.
"No other 19th-Century American songwriter wrote so many songs that are still remembered today. "Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts: Songs of Stephen Foster" suggests that timelessness extends backward as well as forward. Paradoxically, Dooley's antique approach enables us to hear Foster afresh."
-- Ken Emerson, author of Doo-dah! Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture.
1. Beautiful Dreamer for voice & piano - 3:22
2. Soirée Polka for piano - 2:15
3. Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway for voice & piano (or orchestra) - 6:51
4. We Are Coming, Father Abraham for voice & piano - 3:21
5. Linger in Blissful Repose for voice & piano - 4:00
6. Santa Anna's Retreat - 2:01
7. Farewell! Mother Dear I Go - 4:11
8. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair for voice & piano - 5:15
9. That's What's the Matter for voice & piano - 3:41
10. Hard Times Come Again No More for voice & piano - 6:52
11. Summer Longings for voice & piano - 5:33
12. I'm Nothing But a Plain Old Soldier - 3:47
13. My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano - 7:12
Additional InformationMini bio of Jeffrey Dooley (from the Bach Cantatas website)
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