Bernard Herrmann: Walt Whitman

Naxos 10/20/2020 CD

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# Track   Duration
Herrmann, Bernard Whitman, Walt, lyricist(s) Husted, Christopher, arranger(s) Whitman (reconstructed by C. Husted, 2019)
1.Introduction: I, Walt Whitman, heard that you asked for something to prove this puzzle the New World (Whitman)0:45
2.Welcome: You! Whoever you are! (Whitman)1:27
3.Perpetual Journey: I tramp a perpetual journey (Whitman)4:10
4.When the psalm sings instead of the singer (Whitman, Stranger, Cynic)2:07
5.Cosmos: A cosmos, of Manhattan, the son! (Whitman, Stranger)1:15
6.Song: A simple separate person (Whitman, Cynic)2:19
7.Oath: I celebrate myself, and sing myself (Whitman, Child)3:05
8.Miracles: I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars (Whitman, Child)2:05
9.Battle: Of life immense in passion, pulse and power, I sing (Whitman)1:22
10.War: I will acknowledge contemporary lands (Whitman, Radio Voice)6:08
11.Ships: Flaunt out, O sea, your separate flags of nations! (Whitman)2:08
12.Divinity: Listener out there! (Whitman)1:40
13.Finale: I see not America only (Whitman)2:26
Souvenirs de voyage
14.I. Lento: Molto tranquillo9:57
15.II. Berceuse: Andante6:56
16.III. Andantino: Canto amoroso7:33
17.Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra (reconstructed by J. Mauceri for string orchestra)15:49
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Bernard Herrmann: Walt Whitman

Added on Thursday, September 03, 2020  

HERRMANN, B: Whitman (reconstructed by C. Husted, 2019) (Sharp, Horwitz, Nicely, PostClassical Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez)

Bernard Herrmann was famous for his film scores, but he was also a leading figure in music for radio, to which he brought his inimitable palette of mood and sonority. Whitman, whose subject is Walt Whitman’s collection of poems Leaves of Grass, was a 1944 radio drama, a genre now much neglected but revived in this newly restored version. Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra is not a suite or excerpts from the film but a concert work, re-ordered and re-composed, while Souvenirs de voyage is one of the most polished and seductive of all American chamber works. -NAXOS

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