Pacific Overtures (Original London Cast)
English National Opera Orchestra, Stephen Sondheim & Various Artists
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||Prologue||Richard Angas||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Advantage of Floating In the Middle of the Sea||Richard Angas||6:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||There Is No Other Way||Alan Woodrow & Edward Byles||5:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Four Black Dragons||John Cashmore & TERRY JENKINS||4:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Chrysanthemum Tea||Ian Comboy & Simon Masterson-Smith||9:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Poems||Christopher Booth-Jones & Malcolm Rivers||3:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Welcome to Kanakawa||TERRY JENKINS||5:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Someone In a Tree||Alan Woodrow, Eric Roberts, Harry Nicoll & Richard Angas||6:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Please Hello||Alan Woodrow, Eric Roberts, Harry Nicoll, Ian Comboy, John Kitchener & Paul Strathearn||9:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Bowler Hat||Malcolm Rivers||5:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pretty Lady||Alan Woodrow, Edward Byles & Leon Berger||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Next||Various Artists||5:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
A Brilliant Score...
This recording simply can't hold a candle to the original Broadway cast album, but it has a few virtues that make it indispensible for any fan. First, it has music and lyrics not heard on the original (for reasons of space). Second, it has a clear, crisp sound that shows off Jonathan Tunick's masterful orchestrations. Unfortunately, most of the voices just aren't suited to the score. The singers appear to be dueling, rather than singing together. That may be the mixer's fault, but it seriously detracts from the enjoyability of the recording. This is one of Sondheim's most hauntingly beautiful scores. If you don't yet have it in your library, you're missing out. The original Broadway cast with the late, great Mako is the essential version. After that, it's a toss up between this one and the recent Broadway revival recorded by PS Classics (also available on iTunes). The singers are better suited to the material on the latter recording, but it suffers from terribly diminished orchestrations. Once you give the score a thorough hearing, you'll probably end up buying all three versions.
Sondheim Is Brilliant!
Sondheim is simply the most prolific composer/lyricist of our age! This composition is absolutely perfect in every way! Buy it NOW!!!
As impossible as it may seem, this is the least political recording of the show. Critics don't like the original; theatergoers don't like the New Broadway, so why not settle for the middle ground, especially considering it doesn't sound like the middle ground--it sounds like a damn good performance