Was My Brother In The Battle?
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A beautifully performed program of musical and topical interest songs about war.

This program grew out of Stephen Swanson's frustration with the coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom and with his son's decision to enlist. He and his wife began researching song dealing with war and formulated a program of songs about the individuals involved in America's historic military conflicts, their friends and their families. The primary consideration was the texts rather than the settings. The fervent nationalistic patriotism of World War I; the intimate personal glimpses in to World War II; the satirical songs from the Cold War; the Vietnam-era protest songs; the setting of Abraham Lincoln's letter to a mother who lost five sons all demonstrate the conflict between the need to fight and the horrific losses war imposes.
Contents:
Bob Dylan, composer
Masters of War
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Charles Ives, composer
In Flanders Field
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Charles Ives, composer
Tom Sails Away
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Charles Ives, composer
He is there!
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano, Nicole Esposito, piccolo

David Gompper, composer
Mrs. Bixby's Sons
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Eric Bogle, composer
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Gene Scheer, composer
Voices from World War II: Holding Each Other
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Gene Scheer, composer
Voices from World War II: The German U-Boat Captain
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Gene Scheer, composer
Voices from World War II: At Howard Hawks' House
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Gene Scheer, composer
Voices from World War II: Omaha Beach
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Gene Scheer, composer
Voices from World War II: Morrison Shelter
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Michael Flanders & Donald Swann, composer
The Ostrich
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Sheldon Harnick, composer
Merry Little Minuet
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Stephen Foster, composer
We are coming, Father Abraam, 300,000 more
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Stephen Foster, composer
Was my brother in the battle?
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano, Nicole Esposito, piccolo

Tom Lehrer, composer
So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Tom Lehrer, composer
The Wild West Is Where I Want To Be
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Tom Paxton, composer
Jimmy Newman
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

William Steffe, composer
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Stephen Swanson, baritone, David Gompper, piano

Review:
"...the recital is truly inspired. ...the performances are heartfelt. Mr. Swanson has an excellent baritone voice and he knows how to use it, and Gompper plays the accompaniments with great spirit." (Arthur S. Leonard "Leonard Link")

"It is a testament to the art of the performers and the ability of art to probe the human spirit." (Gramophone)

"...this is a superb recording, one best savored as it was conceived, in a single recital-length hearing." (Fanfare)
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