West Side Story
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Definitely the greatest west side story of the twenty first century. Hayley Westenra, who plays Maria, has a crystal clear tone and resonance that is rare and unlike any voice you will ever hear. She is certainly going to be one of the greatest voices of our time. Vittorio Grigolo, who plays Tony, has a smooth, rich, and lustrous Tenor voice that soars on the high notes, especially in "Maria". Simply an excellent recording. I waited for ages for it to finally be realeased on ITunes US.
finally there is a verision of "west side story" where the people can really sing the parts, and thier voices fit, Maria sounds like a pure girl who is in love for the first time, Tony sounds like a man who has been through alot, and Anita has the rich powerful voice! this has to be my favorite recording of "west side story" ever!
Again with a Tony who can't do American!
What is it with these WSS recordings with foreign singers who can't do American dialects??? Bernstein's recording of the score was marred by Carreras (who is a wonderful singer, but Tony is a New Yorker, not from Spain). And now we have an Italian! As terrific as Hayley Westenra and the orchestra is, we'll still have to wait for the definitive recording of this Broadway classic.