C1380. ROBERT SHAW Cond. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, w.Carmen Pelton, Richard Clement & Nathan Gunn: Prayers Of Kierkegaard (Barber); Cantata Profana(Bartok); Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams). Telarc 80479, recorded 1997. Includes 19pp Brochure w.texts. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! As New, albeit wee notch in jewel case spine. - 089408047923
"Toscanini considered [Shaw] the finest choral director with whom he had ever collaborated. In addition to the baroque, classical and romantic choral masterpieces, Shaw conduct[ed] modern music…."
- John L. Holmes, CONDUCTORS ON RECORD, p.607
“Popular baritone Nathan Gunn has sung a huge variety of operatic roles in six languages, from Figaro in the BARBER OF SEVILLE and Marcello in LA BOHČME to Zurga in THE PEARL FISHERS and Paul in Daron Hagen's AMELIA (at the May 2010 world premiere) and Riolobo in Daniel Catán's FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS. Gunn has also sung Lancelot in Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical CAMELOT. But, as many observers have noted, Gunn's popularity can't be fully explained by his rich and powerful baritone voice and broad repertory: throngs of his adoring admirers gush over his handsome looks and charismatic stage presence. Gunn has appeared at the Met in over 100 performances and at most other major American opera houses; overseas he has sung at Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, Paris Opera, and Bavarian State Opera. Gunn has also regularly appeared on the concert stage and in recital and has made numerous recordings spread across such labels as Arthaus Musik, EMI, Naxos, Sony, Telarc, and Virgin Classics.
By the late '90s, Gunn was a major presence on the vocal scene, having appeared twice at Carnegie Hall with conductor Robert Shaw, first in Brahms' GERMAN REQIUEM and then in Haydn's THE CREATION. Gunn also sang on the Grammy Award-winning 1998 Shaw recordings of Bartók's CANTATA PROFANA and Vaughan Williams' DONA NOBIS PACEM on Telarc.
In 2000 Gunn appeared at the Paris Opera as Andrei in Prokofiev's WAR AND PEACE, an Arthaus Musik DVD that has received broad critical acclaim. Gunn débuted at Covent Garden in 2002 as Harlekin in Strauss' ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. Since 2007 Gunn has served as professor of voice at the University of Illinois. At the 2008 Glyndebourne Festival Gunn appeared as Father Delura in Peter Eötvös' LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS. Gunn's later recordings include the 2009 EMI CD ‘American Anthem’, a collection of songs by Barber, Bolcom, Copland, and other American composers.”
- Robert Cummings, allmusic.com