A Stephen Sondheim Evening

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stephen Sondheim must be one of the most anthologized Broadway composers, his shows having been cannibalized into several revues, re-conceived musicals, and concert performances. This is a particularly good one. It is a concert featuring a cast of eight, among them Cris Groenendaal, Bob Gunton, George Hearn, and Angela Lansbury, recorded in 1983 and featuring songs written for shows ranging from Sondheim's unproduced first effort, Saturday Night, to what was then his latest, Merrily We Roll Along. Particularly notable are the songs cut from shows, such as "There's Something About a War" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The composer himself turns up ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stephen Sondheim must be one of the most anthologized Broadway composers, his shows having been cannibalized into several revues, re-conceived musicals, and concert performances. This is a particularly good one. It is a concert featuring a cast of eight, among them Cris Groenendaal, Bob Gunton, George Hearn, and Angela Lansbury, recorded in 1983 and featuring songs written for shows ranging from Sondheim's unproduced first effort, Saturday Night, to what was then his latest, Merrily We Roll Along. Particularly notable are the songs cut from shows, such as "There's Something About a War" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The composer himself turns up toward the end to play piano for Lansbury on "Send in the Clowns" and help sing "Old Friends." [The original two-LP set released in 1983 CBL2-4745 contained 21 selections. When the album was released on CD in 1994 09026-61174-2, two songs, "Fear No More" and "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," were cut to keep the time down to the limits of one CD.]
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  • Release Date: 1/18/1994
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266117420
  • Catalog Number: 61174

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invocation and Instructions to the Audience - Victoria Mallory (5:15)
  2. 2 Saturday Night - Victoria Mallory (4:17)
  3. 3 Isn't It? - Victoria Mallory (2:18)
  4. 4 Saturday Night (reprise) - Victoria Mallory (1:11)
  5. 5 Poems - Victoria Mallory (4:11)
  6. 6 What More Do I Need? - Victoria Mallory (3:00)
  7. 7 Another Hundred People - Victoria Mallory (2:35)
  8. 8 With So Little to Be Sure Of - Victoria Mallory (4:16)
  9. 9 Pretty Little Picture - Victoria Mallory (3:30)
  10. 10 The House of Marcus Lycus - Victoria Mallory (5:21)
  11. 11 Echo Song - Victoria Mallory (3:28)
  12. 12 There's Something About a War - Victoria Mallory (4:26)
  13. 13 Being Alive - Victoria Mallory (4:33)
  14. 14 The Miller's Son - Victoria Mallory (4:22)
  15. 15 Johanna - Victoria Mallory (1:55)
  16. 16 Not a Day Goes By - Victoria Mallory (2:46)
  17. 17 Someone in a Tree - Victoria Mallory (8:57)
  18. 18 Send In the Clowns - Victoria Mallory (3:19)
  19. 19 Merrily We Roll Along - Victoria Mallory (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Sondheim Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Judy Kaye Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Gunton Vocals, Track Performer
John Beal Bass, Acoustic Bass
Bruce Coughlin Percussion
Tom Fay Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals
Liz Callaway Vocals, Track Performer
Angela Lansbury Vocals, Track Performer
George Hearn Vocals, Track Performer
Cris Groenendaal Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Pizzuti Percussion
Steven Jacob Vocals, Track Performer
Victoria Mallory Vocals, Track Performer
Thomas Fay Conductor, Keyboards
Steve Uscher Guitar
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Charles Schwartz Music Direction
Bruce Coughlin Rehearsal Accompanist
Paul Gemignani Musical Director
Jay Newland Remastering
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Thomas Fay Arrangement Director
Michael Miscione Illustrations, Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular!

    "A Stephen Sondheim Evening" is fantastic in every way! All of the singers have great voices, the arrangements are beautiful, and the song selections are so varied that the music keeps one's interest from beginning to end. Most of the songs on this disc were new to me, but now after hearing it there are only more Stephen Sondheim songs I love. Although only accompanied by a piano, synthesizer, bass, and percussion, I enjoyed the songs from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" a lot more on this CD than on cast recordings with full orchestras. Song Highlights include: "Isn't it?", "What more do I need?", "With so little to be sure of", "Pretty little picture", "The House of Marcus Lycus", "Echo Song", "Johanna", "Not a day goes by", and "Old friends". The two best songs are performed by Judy Kaye: "Another Hundred People" and the showstopping "Being Alive". I was very happy that Cris Groenendaal performs on this CD- he has one of the most beautiful singing voices I have ever heard. I only wish Cris had more solos- "Johanna" is his only solo, but he is featured on "Saturday Night", "Someone in a Tree", and is the lead singer on "There's something about a war". The songs on "A Stephen Sondheim Evening" are fun, funny, rich, dramatic, and very beautiful. This recording is a MUST-HAVE for any Stephen Sondheim fan!

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