As Gunn reveals in the recording’s liner notes, it is this “in-between time” before sunrise that he sought to capture musically. The songs included here are also a direct expression of his own personality—a kind of musical autobiography. “I think you have to have a certain amount of experience behind you before you go off in this direction,” says Gunn. “This is like the kind of recording that singers made in the 1920s—lovely, well-crafted songs written by composers who were still alive. I wanted songs you could listen to in the context of modern life—songs that you could listen to while you’re commuting to work and that you could finish listening to at the end of the day, while you’re lying in bed.” Songs, in other words, for life’s quietest moments.
Recorded in 2003 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, this sumptuous production of Ariadne auf Naxos presents Elijah Moshinsky's fanciful 1993 production with....
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
The Music Master Wolfgang Brendel
The Major-Domo Waldemar Kmentt
A Lackey- James Courtney
An Officer- Mark Schowalter
The Composer- Susanne Mentzer
Bacchus, The Tenor- Richard Margison
A Wigmaker- John Fiorito
Zerbinetta- Natalie Dessay
Ariadne, The Prima Donna- Deborah Voigt
The Dancing Master- Tony Stevenson
Harlekin- Nathan Gunn
Brighella- John Nuzzo
Scaramuccio- Eric Cutler
Truffaldin- John Del Carlo
Najade- Joyce Guyer
Dryade- Jossie Pérez
Echo- Alexandra Deshorties
Conductor James Levine
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus master Raymond Hughes
Production Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Designer Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler
ANDRÉ PREVIN: Brief Encounter
Elizabeth Futral / Nathan Gunn / Kim Josephson / Rebekah Camm / Meredith Arwady / Robert Orth / James J. Kee / Jamie Barton / Faith Sherman / Adam Cioffari / Alicia Gianni
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra / Patrick Summers
The first complete recording of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Allegro". Features Nathan singing "A Fellow Needs A Girl" and "Grandmother's Death".
Nathan sings his signature role on this 2010 Grammy Award Winner for Best Opera Recording album.
Britten: Billy Budd
Daniel Harding, conductor; Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks; John Fraser, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; Gentlemen Of The London Symphony Chorus)
At Home With Friends is inspired by Joshua Bell's fondness for hosting informal musicales in his Manhattan home. Join the Grammy Award-winning violinist as he celebrates the many musical friendships he has made over the years - a diverse group of artists sharing their love of music in an intimate setting. Features vocal and instrumental duets with Nathan Gunn, Chris Botti, Sting, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor and many others.
When Sergei Prokofiev started work on a new opera, having just finished his opera Betrothal in a Monastery, he could not have envisaged that the theme, borrowed from Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, would very soon become dreadful reality. It was just two months later that the German invasion of the Soviet Union began. By way of the conscious parallel to Napoleon’s historic invasion of Russia, Prokofiev’s opera became an attempt to strengthen the defense morale of his fellow countrymen in this "patriotic war," as Soviet historians of the Second World War call it. Prokofiev’s opera is divided into two separate parts. The first seven scenes depict the carefree, splendid life amongst the Russian aristocracy and put the love story, which ends through Natasha’s deception, into the centre. The seventh scene ends with the announcement that war has begun. The following six scenes of part two are dedicated to events during the war, beginning with the battle of Borodino and! ending with the escape of the Grande Armee and the liberation of Moscow. Although the first draft of the opera was meant to have been performed in two parts, on two seperate evenings, the opera was eventually trimmed down to fit into a single performance. However, Prokofiev would not live to see his opera performed in its entirety. SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making Of…
Nathan's debut album with Kevin Murphy at the piano. A critic in Washington D.C. once wrote, "Nathan Gunn can make an art song sound like a folk song and vice versa." That describes this collection of American songs perfectly.
Nathan sings the role of Ned Keene on this 2005 Grammy nominee for Best Classical Album.
This new recording of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes was released on the London Symphony Orchestra's own label LSO Live with Sir Colin Davis conducting a performance at the Barbican in January 2004. The cast is led by Glenn Winslade, Janice Watson and Anthony Michaels-Moore. This second recording by Davis has won plaudits for conductor, orchestra and chorus, Gramophone describing the performance as "a stunning achievement".
Nathan sings John Adam's "The Wound-Dresser" on this recording with Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Shaker Loops written in 1978 in the heyday of American minimalism, helped to earn John Adams (b.1947) a place as one of the most famous living composers and continues to be one of his most frequently peformed works; its technique of looping fragments of melody is borrowed from Steve Reich's early tape experiments. Short Ride in a Fast machine is four minutes of pure aural adrenaline, and The Wound-Dresser, is a pensive adaptation of Walt Whitman's poem about his experiences as a nurse during the Civil War.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: James Judd
Release date: February 2004
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Conductor: Craig Jessop
Release date: September 1999