The American Bass-Baritone

February 4, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Nicholas Newton in dark suit, white shirt, no tie; against a stone pillar.
Nicholas Newton (Photo: Jiyang Chen)

Bass-baritone Nicholas Newton curates a playlist of seven American artists: Paul Robeson, Lawrence Winters, William Warfield, Simon Estes, Arthur Woodley, Eric Owens, and Ryan Speedo Green.

Listen to Paul Robeson sing Modest Mussorgsky’s Song of the Flea below.


Ludwig van Beethoven: “O Freunde, nicht diese Töne” from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’
Elza van den Heever, soprano
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Piotr Beczala, tenor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
A Concert for Ukraine
Decca 4853278

Jerome Kern: “Ol’ Man River” from Showboat
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone
Drury Lane Theatre
Herman Kink, conductor
Paul Robeson: Songs of Struggle
Regis RRC1229

Buddy DeSilva and Ray Henderson: Sonny Boy
Lawrence Winters, bass-baritone
Das große Radio- Tanz- und Unterhaltungsorchester
Alfred Hause, conductor
Philips P44399H

Karl Loewe: Des Glockentürmers Töchterlein
William Warfield, baritone
Otto Herz, piano
William Warfield: Ancient Music of the Church & Karl Loewe Ballads
Columbia Special Products P-14173

Aaron Copland: “The Boatmen’s Dance” from Old American Songs
William Warfield, baritone
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Copland, conductor
Copland Conducts Copland
CBS Records MK-42430

Kurt Weill: “O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me!” from Lost in the Stars
Arthur Woodley, bass
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Julius Rudel, conductor
Kurt Weill: Lost in the Stars
MusicMasters 01612-67100-2

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
IX. Quoniam to solus sanctus
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
New York Choral Artists
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
New York Philharmonic NYP-20130107

Richard Wagner: “Die Frist ist um” from Der fliegende Holländer 
Simone Estes, bass-baritone
Staatskapelle Berlin
Heinz Fricke, conductor
Simon Estes: Wagner
Philips 412 271-2