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A Place for Us: A Tribute to 50 Years of West Side Story

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Given the extraordinary quality of Bernstein and Sondheim’s score, it’s little surprise that songs from the 1957 Broadway hit West Side Story were quickly recorded by a host of artists in both vocal and instrumental arrangements, and that interpretations continue to this day. This winning collection presents the best of the best, from a host of sources, including jazz takes from Dave Brubeck and Andre Previn, grandly conceived renditions by the Canadian Brass, and gripping performances from legendary vocalists Johnny Mathis and Barbra Streisand. For the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary show (and hit screen musical), contemporary Broadway darlings Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kristin Chenoweth ...
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Given the extraordinary quality of Bernstein and Sondheim’s score, it’s little surprise that songs from the 1957 Broadway hit West Side Story were quickly recorded by a host of artists in both vocal and instrumental arrangements, and that interpretations continue to this day. This winning collection presents the best of the best, from a host of sources, including jazz takes from Dave Brubeck and Andre Previn, grandly conceived renditions by the Canadian Brass, and gripping performances from legendary vocalists Johnny Mathis and Barbra Streisand. For the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary show (and hit screen musical), contemporary Broadway darlings Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kristin Chenoweth recorded new versions of "Something's Coming" and "Tonight."
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Masterworks Broadway division of Sony BMG delves into the archives of Columbia Records and RCA Victor Records to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Broadway opening of West Side Story, also commissioning a couple of new recordings. The point here seems to be to demonstrate the breadth of different interpretations of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's score, from Johnny Mathis' 1960 chart single of "Maria" to an excerpt from classical violinist Joshua Bell's 2000 world premiere of arranger William David Brohn's "West Side Story Suite." That excerpt also presents "Maria"; there is no attempt to replicate the complete score in a collection that skips over "Jet Song" and "A Boy Like That," but also has two versions each of "Tonight" and "One Hand, One Heart." The new recordings are a jazz piano reading of "Cool" by Eldar and a duet on "Tonight" by Kristin Chenoweth and Hugh Panaro, while a live 1963 recording of "Gee, Officer Krupke" by a jazz trio led by André Previn is previously unreleased. Major pop singers like Barbra Streisand and Julie Andrews share space with the Dave Brubeck Quartet on a set that tries to make the music from West Side Story seem both pop and classy. Actually, it always did, but here it also comes off as surprisingly versatile, adaptable to many different musical approaches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886971216127
  • Catalog Number: 712161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something's Coming - Brian Stokes Mitchell (4:19)
  2. 2 Maria - Johnny Mathis (3:48)
  3. 3 Cool (3:37)
  4. 4 I Have a Love/One Hand, One Heart - Barbra Streisand (4:44)
  5. 5 Tonight - Andy Williams (2:37)
  6. 6 I Feel Pretty - Henri René & His Orchestra (1:58)
  7. 7 America - Canadian Brass (3:13)
  8. 8 Somwhere (4:16)
  9. 9 Maria - Philharmonic Orchestra (3:45)
  10. 10 Gee, Officer Krupke - André Previn (6:43)
  11. 11 One Hand, One Heart (2:50)
  12. 12 Tonight - Kristin Chenoweth (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Joe Morello Drums
André Previn Piano
Eugene Wright Bass
Joshua Bell Violin
Robert Mersey Conductor
Glenn Osser Conductor
William Ross Conductor
Brian Stokes Mitchell Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Billy Byers Arranger, Orchestration
Chris Dedrick Arranger
Richard King Engineer
David Zinman Contributor
David Foil Liner Notes, Production Director
William Ross Orchestration
Brian Cronin Illustrations
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