From The American Songbook

August 1, 2020, 4:30 pm

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Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Helen Tamiris, watching auditions on stage of the St. James Theatre, 1948 (Photo: Al Aumuller, World Telegram staff photographer / Public domain)

This is a program of classic American songs. The traditional “Shenandoah,” Steven Foster’s “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” the spiritual “Deep River,” “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, and others. Singers include Eileen Farrell, the Norman Luboff Choir and Marilyn Horne.


“Oh Shenandoah” Traditional American folk song
Leonard Warren, baritone; Chorus and Orchestra; Maurice ‘Morris’ Levine, conductor
(New York1947. MET 210CD)

“Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” by Stephen Foster
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Osian Ellis, harp; English Chamber Orchestra; Carl Davis, conductor
(London 1986. DECCA B0001312-02CD02)

“Deep River” Spiritual
Norman Luboff Choir; New Symphony Orchestra of London; Leopold Stokowski, conductor
(London 1961. BMG 09026-62599-2)

“Hoedown” from Rodeo by Aaron Copland
Boston Pops Orchestra; Arthur Fiedler, conductor
(Boston 1958. RCA VICTOR 09026-61501-2)

“Summertime” from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Eileen Farrell, soprano; George Trovillo, piano
(London 1957. TESTAMENT SBT 1073)

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma! By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Alfred Drake, actor-singer; Orchestra
(New York 1943)

“Any Bonds Today?” By Irving Berlin
Andrews Sisters; Vic Schoen and his Orchestra
(New York 1944. 78 RPM DISC: DECCA 4044)