Baker's Wife (S.Schwartz)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1976, 28-year-old Stephen Schwartz seemed to be the most successful Broadway songwriter of his generation, with three musicals playing in New York simultaneously: Godspell (which transferred to Broadway following a lengthy off-Broadway run during the year), Pippin, and The Magic Show. Schwartz's next musical was thus highly anticipated. It was The Baker's Wife, based on the French novel La Femme du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, and the classic 1938 film directed by Pagnol, about a romantic triangle involving a baker, his wife, and a shepherd. Originally, the production starred Topol (known for the London and film versions of Fiddler on the Roof), but he...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1976, 28-year-old Stephen Schwartz seemed to be the most successful Broadway songwriter of his generation, with three musicals playing in New York simultaneously: Godspell (which transferred to Broadway following a lengthy off-Broadway run during the year), Pippin, and The Magic Show. Schwartz's next musical was thus highly anticipated. It was The Baker's Wife, based on the French novel La Femme du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, and the classic 1938 film directed by Pagnol, about a romantic triangle involving a baker, his wife, and a shepherd. Originally, the production starred Topol (known for the London and film versions of Fiddler on the Roof), but he was eventually replaced, surprisingly, by the character actor Paul Sorvino, a newcomer to musical theater. Opposite him was up-and-coming Juilliard-trained actress/singer Patti LuPone, while Kurt Peterson ably played the shepherd. The show opened its pre-Broadway tour in Los Angeles on May 11, 1976, but something went wrong on the way to New York, and The Baker's Wife never got there, closing in Washington, D.C. A year later, Schwartz was able to find backers to record this studio cast album of the score, featuring the principal performers from the lost production. The music has the warm, melodic pop sound familiar from Schwartz's previous musicals. The first revelation is Sorvino, who actually trained for 18 years to be an opera singer before making his career in straight plays and films. He is a wonderful singer, easily able to handle the rangy songs Schwartz has given him. The second revelation is LuPone, making her recording debut, who turns out to be another wonderful singer. The standout song is her explanation of why she's running away from her husband, "Meadowlark," but the score is as good as it is well sung, and this is one of those cases in which an album based on a failed show poses the question of what could have gone wrong, since it obviously wasn't the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/1995
  • Label: Original Cast Record
  • UPC: 741117181922
  • Catalog Number: 891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chanson - Teri Ralston (3:44)
  2. 2 Merci, Madame - Patti LuPone (4:07)
  3. 3 Gifts of Love - Patti LuPone (4:36)
  4. 4 Proud Lady - Kurt Peterson (3:17)
  5. 5 Serenade - Kurt Peterson (3:19)
  6. 6 Meadowlark - Patti LuPone (6:10)
  7. 7 Any-Day-Now Day - Paul Sorvino (3:09)
  8. 8 Endless Delights - Kurt Peterson (4:05)
  9. 9 If I Have To Live Alone - Paul Sorvino (3:07)
  10. 10 Where Is The Warmth? - Patti LuPone (3:48)
  11. 11 Finale (Gifts of Love) - Patti LuPone (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Eddie Gomez Bass
Jack Wilkins Guitar
David Taylor Trombone
Paul Sorvino Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Frederick Waits Drums
Patti LuPone Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Ray Alonge French Horn
Dennis Anderson Clarinet
Kenny Berger Bassoon
James Buffington French Horn
Gerald Tarack Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Gordon Gottlieb Percussion
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Susan Jolles Harp
Leo Kahn Violin
Jesse Levy Cello, Celli
Joseph Malin Violin
Richard Maximoff Viola
Charles McCracken Cello, Celli
Kermit Moore Cello, Celli
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Barry Maur Trombone
Robert Billig Conductor, Keyboards
Tony Price Tuba
Larry Hochman Keyboards
Stephen Schwartz Piano
Teri Ralston Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Don Walker Performing Ensemble
Dave Taylor Trombone
Seymour Benstock Cello, Celli
Donald Hahn Trumpet
Jeffrey Lyons English Horn, Oboe
Kurt Peterson Vocals, cast
Susan Palma-Nidel Flute
Daniel Troob Background Music
Baker's Wife Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Paul Sorvino Liner Notes
Fred Miller Engineer
Tom Pierson Orchestration
Don Walker Orchestration
Bruce Yeko Producer
Doris Chu Producer
Paul Chu Producer
Rose Chu Producer
Robert Billig Arranger
Joseph Stein Book
Stephen Schwartz Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Don Walker Original Orchestrations
Daniel Troob Contributor
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