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An extensive discography of American art song appears below.

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Recordings, Artists, and Contents

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My selection of recordings at this time focuses on lesser know composers. You will find only a smattering of the recordings of Ives and Barber songs that are widely available. My inclusion of a CD here in no way represents an endorsement. However, there are a few CDs, mostly compilations, that I do note as "Recommended" because of the high quality of the songs selected and/or the performances.

Soon, I will have these recordings nicely organized, with links from composers to recordings. For now, you can enjoy browsing.

Love's Secret and other Songs by American Composers,

Vox Music Group, CDX 5129, 1996

Recommended

 

Artists

Eleanor Steber, soprano

Mildred Miller, mezzo-soprano

Donald Gramm, bass-baritone

John McCollum, tenor

Edwin Biltcliffe, piano

Robert Cumming, piano

Composers

Ernst Bacon, Samuel Barber, Jack Beeson, William Bergsma, Paul Bowles, John Alden Carpenter, Theodore Chanler, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, David Diamond, John Edmunds, Irving Fine, William Flanagan, Charlies T. Griffes, John Gruen, Charles Ives, John La Montaine, Otto Luening, Edward MacDowell, Douglas Moore, Vincent Persichetti, Daniel Pinkham, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, Robert Ward, Ben Weber

 

Fond Affection: Songs of Ernst Bacon

Composers Recordings, Inc., CD 890, 2002

 Recommended

Artists

Janet Brown, soprano

Herbert Burtis, piano

William Sharp, baritone

Amy Burton, soprano

John Musto, piano

Ronald Copes, violin

Alan Feinberg, piano

Other Works

Sonata for Violin and Piano

 

Paul Sperry Sings Romantic American Songs, Albany, 1995

 Recommended 

Artists

Paul Sperry, tenor

Irma Vallecillo, piano

Composers

Paul Bowles, Theodore Chanler, Arthur Farwell, Richard Hundley, Virgil Thomson

American Cycles and Sets

Albany, 1995

 Recommended

Artists

Paul Sperry, tenor

Irma Vallecillo, piano

Composers

Robert Beaser, Christopher Berg, Louis Gruenberg, Larry Alan Smith, Louise Talma, Richard Wilson

 

Paul Sperry Sings An American Sampler

Albany, 1995

 Recommended 

Artists

Paul Sperry, tenor

Irma Vallecillo, piano

Composers

Samuel Barber, Robert Beaser, William Billings, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Henry Cowell, Celius Dougherty, John Duke, William Flanagan, Stephen Foster, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Morten Lauridsen, John Musto, Ned Rorem, Louise Talma, William Schuman, Warren M. Swenson, Hugo Weisgall, Ben Weber, Kurt Weill, Maury Yeston

 

She Walks in Beauty, Parnassus Records, PACD96-025, 1998

Recommended

Artists

Danielle Woerner, soprano

Robert Starer, piano

Sylvia Buccelli, piano

Patricia Spencer & Marcia Gates, flute

Jean Kopperud, clarinet

Susan Seligman, cello

Hudson Vally Philharmonic String Quartet

Composers

Otto Luening, Robert Starer

 

Songs of Otto Luening, Composers Recordings, Inc., DC840, 2000

 Recommended

Artists

Judith Betina, soprano

James Goldsworthy, piano

Susan Palm-Nidel, flute

 

NOTE: If you've never heard the songs of Otto Luening, you will be amazed at their beauty and Romanticism.

 

But Yesterday Is Not Today: The American Art Song 1927-1972

New World Records, 1996

 Recommended 

 

Artists

Donald Gramm, Donald Hassard, Robert Helps, Bethany Beardslee

Composers

Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, Theodore Chanler, Israel Citkowitz, Aaron Copland

 

Voices of the Valley

Albany, 2006

 Recommended

  

Artists

Danielle Woerner, soprano, James Fitzwilliam, piano, Barbara Pickhardt, piano, Susan Seligman, cello, Peter Schickele, piano, Marcia Gates, flute, Harry Ditzel, horn

Composers

Robert Baksa, James Fitzwilliam, Aurora Northland, Peter Schickele, Alan Shulman, Robert Starer

 

Carolyn Heafner Sings American Songs, Composers Recordings, Inc., CD 854, 2000

 

Artists

Carolyn Heafner, soprano

Dixie Ross Neill, piano

Composers

Ernst Bacon, Amy Beach, Jack Beeson, Lee Hoiby, Jay Pouhe, Hugo Weisgall

 

The Poetess Sings, Musicians Showcase, MS 1085, 2002

 

Artists

Carolyn Heafner, soprano

Shirley Ann Seguin, piano

Composers

Ernst Bacon, Robert Baksa, Gordon Binkerd, Aaron Copland, John Duke, Lee Hoiby, Otto Luening, William Roy

 

Americans in Paris, Aca Digital - #20073, 2001

 

Artists

Hillary Hight Daws, soprano

Barbara Efird, piano

Composers

Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Campbell-Tipton, Henry Hadley, Ethel Glenn Hier, Charles Ives, Morten Lauridsen, Charles Martin Loeffler, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Kurt Weill

 

All My Heart: Deborah Voight Sings American Songs, Angel Recordings, 2005

 

Artists

Deborah Voight, soprano

Brian Ziegler, piano

Composers

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Charles Ives, Ben Moore

 

Paul Sperry Sings Songs of an Innocent Age, Albany, 1996

 

 

 

 

Artists

Paul Sperry, tenor

Irma Vallecillo, piano

Composers

Frederic Ayres, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Carrie Jacobs Bond, Dudley Buck, Charles Wakefield Cadman, John Alden Carpenter, Henry Clough-Leither, Arthur Foote, Henry Gilbert, Charles T. Griffes, Charles Ives, Harvey Worthington Loomis, Edward MacDowell, Ethelbert Nevin, John Knowles Paine, John Philip Sousa,

 

New American Song Cycles

Albany, 2004

 

Artists

Daron Hagen, Margo Garrett, Paul Moravec, Tom Cipullo, Paul Sperry

Composers

Tom Cipullo, Daron Hagen, Libby Larsen, Paul Moravec

 

Paulus: Songs

Albany, 1995

  

Artists

Håkan Hagegård, Irma Vallecillo-Gray, Paul Schoenfield, Ruth Jacobson, Paul Sperry

Composer

Stephen Harrison Paulus

 

American Songbook - The American Music Collection, Vol. III

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Robert Honeysucker

William Sharp

Detroit Chamber Winds

Susanne Mentzer

Composers

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, John J. Becker, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Betty Jackson King, Libby Larsen, Kurt Weill

 

Fields of Wonder: Songs & Spirituals of Robert Owens

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Darryl Taylor, tenor

Robert Owens, piano

Composers

Robert Owens

 

Songs of America

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Jan de Gaetani, mezzo soprano

Gilbert Kalish, piano

Composers

Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Carrie Jacobs Bond, Charles Wakefield Cadman, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Rebecca Clark, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Irving Fine, Stephen Foster, Charles Ives, Sergius Kagen, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ned Rorem, William Schuman, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Stanley Walden

 

William Sharp, baritone

New World Records, 1992

 

Artists

William Sharp, baritone

Steven Blier, piano

Composers

Paul Bowles, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Eric Klein, John Musto, Virgil Thomson

 

 

Heartbeats: New Songs from Minnesota for the AIDS Quilt Songbook

Innova, 1995

 

Artists

Bradley Greenwald, James Bohn, William Parker, Douglas Shambo, Timothy J. Paradise

Composers

Carol Barnett, William Bolcom, Craig Carnahan, Chris DeBlasio, Cary John Franklin, John Harris Harbison, Stephen Houtz, Carolyn Jennings, Daniel Kallman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Libby Larsen, John Musto, David John Olsen , Janika Vandervelde, Richard Wilson
 

 

Music from Luzerne

Albany, 2000

 

Artists

Theresa Treadway Lloyd, voice; Bert Phillips, cello; Toby Blumenthal, piano

 

Composers

Seymour Barab, William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, Andre Previn

 

Song of America: Music from the Library of Congress

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Thomas Hampson, Tony Trischka, Molly Mason, Michael Parloff, Jay Ungar  

Composers

Leonard Bernstein, Harry T. (Henry) Burleigh, Walter Damrosch, John Woods Duke, Stephen Foster, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Erich Korngold, Charles Naginski, Ned Rorem, Elinor Remick Warren, Kurt Weill, Haydn Wood

 

To the Soul: Thomas Hampson sings the poetry of Walt Whitman

EMI Classics, 2006

 

Artists

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Craig Rutenberg, piano

Composers

Ernst Bacon, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Bridge, H. T. Burleigh,  Gerald Busby, Charles Ives, Philip Dalmas, Charles Naginski, William Neidlinger, Ned Rorem, Robert Strassburg, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Craig Urquhart,  Harry Warren, Kurt Weill,

 

I Hear America Singing

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Malcolm Martineau, piano

Wolfram Rieger, piano
 

Composers

Ernst Bacon, Jean Berger, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Henry Thacker Burleigh,  , Stephen Foster, Ernest Gold, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Richard Hageman, Sergius Kagen, Erich Korngold, Charles Martin Loeffler, Edward Macdowell, Charles Naginski, John Jacob Niles, Ned Rorem, William Grant Still, Hugo David Weisgall

 

Music of Peter Lieberson

Bridge Records, 2006

 

Artists

Lorraine Hunt-Liberson, Peter Serkin 

Composers

 Peter Lieberson

 

American Art Song Today -- Alive!

Josara Records, 1998

 Recommended

Artists

Anne Marie Church, soprano, Linda Sweetman-Water, piano 

Composers

Emma Lou Diemer, Daron Hagen, Richard Lane, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Paul Suits, Richard Pearson Thomas, Joseph Turrin 

 

Fabulous Femmes

Centaur Records, 2000

 

Artists

 Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Jan Roberts-Haydon, flute; Sylvie Beaudette, piano

Composers

 Margaret Garwood, Libby Larsen, Louise Talma

 

Love's Seasons

MSR Classics, 2004

 

Artists

 Sandra McClain, Margo Garrett

Composers

Mary Howe, Robert Ward 

 

An Old Song Re-Sung: American Concert Songs

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Thomas Hampson, baritone, Armen Guzelimian, piano

Composers

Charles Wakefield Cadman, Ernest Charles, Walter Damrosch, John Duke, Stephen Foster, Charles T. Griffes, Vittorio Giannini, Richard Hageman, Benjamin Hanby, May Harrison, Erich Korngold, Andre Messager, John Sacco, Sigmund Rochberg, Oley Speaks, Haydn Wood

 

An Old Song Resung

New World Records, 1995

 

Artists

William Parker, baritone, Dalton Baldwin, piano, William Huckaby, piano, Ani Kavafian, violin

Composers

Charles Wakefield Cadman, Arthur Farwell, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Charles Ives

 

Lieder of Ives, Griffes, MacDowell

Elektrac/Wea, 1992

  

Artists

Thomas Hampson, baritone, Armen Guzelimian, piano

Composers

Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Charles Ives, Edward MacDowell

 

Songs We Forgot to Remember

Koch, 1996

  

Artists

John Aler, Grant Gershon

Composers

Carrie Jacobs Bond, Ernest Charles, Idabelle Firestone, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Richard Hageman, Mana-Zucca, Ethelbert Nevin, Oscar Rasbach

 

My Native Land: A Collection of American Songs

Elektra/Wea, 1997

 

Artists

Jennifer Larmore, mezzosoprano, Antoine Palloc, piano

Composers

Lisa Aborn, Robert Abramson, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Jake Heggie,  Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Charles Ives, Charles Naginski, John Jacob Niles,

 

Marilyn Horne: I Will Breathe a Mountain

RCA, 1998

 

Artists

Marilyn Horne, mezzosoprano, Martin Katz, piano

Composers

 Samuel Barber, William Bolcom, Leonard Bernstein

 

Permit Me Voyage: Songs by American Composers

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Mary Ann Hart, mezzosoprano, Dennis Helmrich, piano

Composers

Dominick Argento, Elliott Carter, Henry Cowell, William Flanagan, Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Hundley, Gary Schocker

 

Restless Spirits

Koch, 2001

 

Artists

Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Christopher Oldfather, piano, Judith Pearce, flute, Phillip Bush, piano

Composers

William Bolcom, Lee Hoiby, Alice Shields

 

Purrfectly Classical

Centaur, 2001

 

Artists

Deidra Palmour, soprano; Noel Lester, piano; Nancy Roldan, piano 

Composers

George Antheil, Samuel Barber, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Alan Hovhaness, Elie Siegmeister

 

 

E. E. Cummings: An American Circus

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Stephen Lusmann, baritone; Logan Skelton, piano

Composers

Logan Skelton

 

 

Songs of Logan Skelton, Vol. 1

Centaur, 2004

 

Artists

Philip Frohnmayer, baritone; Logan Skelton, piano;  Leone Buyse, flute

Composers

Logan Skelton

 

Macchia, McMichael, Shen: Song Cycles

Gasparo, 2003

 

Artists

Jon Humphreytenor, Lynn Klock, saxophone

Composers

Salvatore Macchia, Catherine McMichael, Hsueh-Yung Shen 

 

Blue -- The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein
 

Summit (Classical), 1993

 

Artists

Michelle Murray, soprano; David Murray, piano

Composers

William Bolcom

 

Cabaret Songs

Centaur, 2004

 

Artists

Joan Morris, mezzosoprano; William Bolcom, piano 

Composers

William Bolcom

 

Bolcom: Briefly It Enters; Let Evening Come  

Centaur, 2001

 

Artists

Joan Morris, mezzosoprano; Cynthia Raim, piano; William Bolcom, piano; Benita Valente, soprano; Michael Tree, viola 

Composers

William Bolcom

 

William Bolcom: Songs

Naxos, 2005

 

Artists

Carole Farley, soprano; William Bolcom, piano

Composers

William Bolcom

 

Lauridsen: Northwest Journey

Rubeda Canis Musica, 2000

 

Artists

Sunny Wilkinson, vocal, Shelly Berg, piano;  Jane Thorngren, soprano; James Drollinger, baritone; Morten Lauridsen, piano; Ralph Grierson, piano

Composers

Morten Lauridsen

 

Return: Art Songs from Carolina

Albany, 2001

 

Artists

Marilyn Taylor, piano; Martin Brewer, piano 

Composers

Kenneth Frazelle, Charles G., Jr. Vardell, Robert Ward 

 

American Classics: Edward MacDowell Complete Songs

Naxos, 1999

 

Artists

Steven Tharp, tenor; James Barbagallo, piano 

Composers

Edward MacDowell

 

Love Lies Bleeding: Songs of Libby Larsen

Centaur, 2004

 

Artists

Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvie Beaudette, piano

Composers

Libby Larsen

 

Grand Larsen-y: Vocal Music of Libby Larsen

Koch, 1996

 

Artists

Ellen Williams, mezzosoprano; Terry Rhodes, soprano; Benton Hess, piano; Steven Reis, cello

Composers

Libby Larsen 

 

Secret and Divine Signs: The Music of Craig Urquhart

Avie, 2006

 

Artists

Michael Slattery, tenor; Craig Urquhart, piano

Composers

Craig Urquhart 

 

Just-Spring: Art Songs of John Duke

New World Records, 2002

 

Artists

Lauralyn Kolb, soprano; Tina Toglia, piano  

Composers

 John Duke

 

The Cloisters

New World, 1997

 

Artists

Henry Herford, baritone; Robin Bowman, piano  

Composers

Arthur Shepherd, Conrad Susa, Ben Weber, John Corigliano 

 

Carole Bogard: A Collection of American Songs

Parnassus, 2001

 

Artists

Carole Bogard, soprano; Ruchard Cumming, piano; John Moriarty, piano; David Del Tredici, piano 

Composers

John Alden Carpenter, Aaron Copland, Richard Cumming, John Woods Duke, William Flanagan, Ned Rorem 

 

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Etcetera, 2000

 

Artists

Roberta Alexander, soprano; Brian Masuda, piano

Composers

Ernest Charles, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Olive Dungan, Vittorio Giannini, Richard Hageman 

 

Time Marches On: More Modern American Songs

Capstone, 1998

 

Artists

 Gregory Wiest, tenor, Oresta Cybriwsky, piano

Composers

Elizabeth Austin, Paul A. Epstein, Corey Field, Norman Mathews, Ronald Perera, John Wallach, Stephen Wilcox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American-Jewish Art Songs

Centaur, 1992

 

Artists

 Paulina Stark, soprano; Nadine Shank, piano

Composers

Unavailable

 

 

Songs of Charles Ives and Ernst Bacon, Composers Recordings, Inc., CD 675, 1994

Not currently available

Artists

Helen Boatwright, soprano

Ernst Bacon, piano

John Kirkpatrick, piano

Composers

Ernst Bacon, Charles Ives

 

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