Sondheim: A Celebration At Carnegie Hall (Highlights)
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||Symphonic Sondheim: Sweeney Todd||Eugene Perry, Henry Perry & Jerry Hadley||7:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Loveland (From "Follies") / Getty Married Today (From "Company")||Mark Jacoby, Madeline Kahn & Jeanne Lehmann||5:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Waiting for the Girls Upstairs (From "Follies") / Love, I Hear (From "a Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum") / Live Alone and LIke It (From "Dick Tracy")||James Naughton, Mark Jacoby, George Lee Andrews & Michael Jeter||5:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Being Alive (From "Company")||Patti LuPone||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Good Thing Going (From "Merrily We Roll Along")||The Tonics||4:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Our Time (From "Merrily We Roll Along") / Children Will Listen (From "Into the Woods")||Boys' Choir Of Harlem & Betty Buckley||4:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Back In Business (From "Dick Tracy")||Liza Minnelli & Billy Stritch||5:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Green Finch and Linnet Bird (From "Sweeney Todd")||Harolyn Blackwell||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Broadway Baby||Daisy Eagan & Paul Gemignani||3:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Not a Day Goes By (From "Merrily We Roll Along")||Bernadette Peters||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Weekend In the Country||Kevin Anderson, Maureen Moore, Beverly Lambert, George Lee Andrews, Mark Jacoby, Susan Terry, Ron Baker, Peter Blanchet, Carol Meyer, Bronwyn Thomas, Blythe Walker & Paul Gemignani||6:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Send In the Clowns||Glenn Close & Paul Gemignani||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sunday (From "Sunday In the Park With George")||Bernadette Peters||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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This is a fine highlights CD, but you might as well invest in the entire thing, as it's phenomenal. And c.... -- get off your high horse! Ms. Lupone, while not my favorite singer in the world, sings "Being Alive" brilliantly, the emotions and text are equally valid for a woman to sing, and I'm sure that if a guy could physically sing "Defying Gravity" you would see it done. After all, "Loving You" from PASSION is originally written for Fosca (sung by the great Donna Murphy), but on iTunes you would think it's a man's song, since the only recordings available here are done by guys. REALLY!!!!
Sondheim Celebration at Carnegie Hall
This is a great CD. Madeleine Kahn singing I'm Not Getting Married Today and Patti Lupone singing Being Alive leave the recent Broadway cast in the dust--even thought I thought it was a wonmderful production of the show. I'm sure a man will sing Defying Gravity at some point--and who cares?
But try to find the full, two cd recording. The difference because of the flow of the songs makes a huge difference in the emotional connection to the listener. I don't think itunes has it yet, but search for it. And who cares that Being Alive ws originally sung by a male? The beauty of Sondheim's work is that the songs can be lifted from their original context, and reinterpeted with just as much impact by another artist of either gender. Being Alive is also a staple of Bernadette Peters' concerts.
And for what it's worth, Raul Espranza has been singing Defying Gravity in his cabaret show since Wicked opened, and it sounds amazing.
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