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Album Review

Billed as both a Barbra Streisand album and as an original motion picture soundtrack, Yentl contains the songs, sung by Streisand and written by Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, that the character played by Streisand sings as internal monologues in the film, sometimes with spoken dialogue interspersed. (The album is filled out by "studio versions" of two of the songs, "The Way He Makes Me Feel" and "No Matter What Happens," played on contemporary electronic instruments, rather than in the orchestral settings used for the rest of the songs.) With such a thematic base, the music has an unusual consistency, and written specifically for Streisand, it makes use of her emotional expressiveness, phrasing, and timing as a singer. But it was also written as a complement to the film and on its own comes across as a group of isolated musical plot highlights rather than as a coherent song cycle. (Yentl won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.)

Customer Reviews

Hokey Notes on a Classic

Hokey title I just gave this but this is a hockey review, or better put, testimonial.  And I'm sorry it's not even a little funny.  That's not where I'm at right now. Hard to say how much this movie and its music means to me.  It came out when I was a 13 year old kid obsessed with Star Wars and the excitment you could find on the big screen.   When the priorities of adolescence took over I discovered feelings and issues Star Wars didn't quite address.  Romance, identity, the struggle of misunderstood and oppressed minorities, hiding and the fear of discovery, as a gay kid, Yentl spoke to all these issues and more.  Gay and 13 in a New York City high school in 1983 could be pretty daunting.   Yentl's songs to Avigdor are easily sung by a boy in love with a boy -- a boy unsure if the other loves him or boys at all -- "Look at How he Looks at Me Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way?"    Yentl was released the year my father stopped calling and walked out of my life for good.  The shock waves of that particular event have only recently abated.  Yentl's grief over the loss of her father and, even more, her profound sense of isolation, was something I identified with very strongly.  I succumbed to a bad depression when my father left, but Yentl cut her hair and stepped out to challenge the world and make it better.  What a great message.   As an aspiring filmmaker Barbra (and George) were my heroes.  Is it too weird to say that cynical Han Solo showing up at the last minute to give Luke Sykwalker that one shot at destroying the Death Star hits me in precisely the same way as Barbra singing "A Piece of Sky" at Yentl's finale?  Shivers up your spine, tears threatening, renewed hope for humanity, moments of that intensity, if a movie doesn't have them, why bother with it?   Barbra Streisand's Yentl is something else. People all over the world connect to it in powerful and unique way.  I can't tell you how often I've sung this score at full pitch in subways and hallways and parking lots.  It travels with me everywhere I go.  Tonight I feel a little low and needed some inspiration.  I downloaded the remastered version of Yentl.  I'm psyched.

Beautiful Voice!

I saw the movie "Yentl" when it came out in the 80's. The soundtrack moved me then as it does now. For me, seeing the movie helped me appreciate what she was singing about.. Some of the songs do sound alike and on a few of them 2 different versions.. If your a Barbara fan you'll love it! I play my ITunes music thru my IPod Hi Fi and the sound is just out of this world!

THE BEST BARBRA EVER!!

I just bought this album, and i haven't seen the movie but the music has moved me so much, i cried at a couple songs and i have found my favorite song of all time it's called A PIECE OF SKY!! which is the ending of the movie, where she holds a over 20 second note!! this is proven to be Babs' emotional album she has ever sung in her career!

Biography

Born: April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Barbra Streisand's status as one of the most successful singers of her generation was remarkable not only because her popularity was achieved in the face of a dominant musical trend — rock & roll — which she did not follow, but also because she used her vocal skills as a mere stepping stone to other careers, as a stage and film actress and as a film director. Born in 1942 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she struggled briefly as an actress and nightclub singer in New York during...
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