Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers And Hammerstein

Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers And Hammerstein

by Bernadette Peters
     
 

Given the right singer -- and, when it comes to Broadway classics, Bernadette Peters is as right as they get -- you can’t go wrong with a collection concentrating on Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. Although there are a handful of delightful oddities here, Loves concentrates mainly on tried-and-true gems from the R&H oeuvre, including “Some Enchanted Evening,”See more details below

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Given the right singer -- and, when it comes to Broadway classics, Bernadette Peters is as right as they get -- you can’t go wrong with a collection concentrating on Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. Although there are a handful of delightful oddities here, Loves concentrates mainly on tried-and-true gems from the R&H oeuvre, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “If I Loved You,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” songs that simply refuse to grow old. Supported by the just-right orchestrations of the acclaimed Jonathan Tunik, Peters sounds strong, sure, and affecting. Gorgeous songs, beautifully sung -- what a combination!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bernadette Peters marks the Richard Rodgers centennial with this collection of songs, all but one of which were written with Rodgers' second major lyric partner, Oscar Hammerstein II. (The exception is the album-closing "Something Good," written for the film adaptation of The Sound of Music, for which Rodgers wrote his own lyrics since Hammerstein had died.) The song selection combines some of the songwriting team's biggest hits, "If You Loved Me" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, "It Might as Well Be Spring" from State Fair, "So Far" from Allegro, and "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific, with some lesser known compositions. Peters takes delight in digging up worthy songs that have not gotten much exposure, such as "I Haven't Got a Worry in the World," written for Anita Loos' successful 1946 play Happy Birthday, which Rodgers & Hammerstein produced. She also looks for ways to recast songs that are well known. For example, in selecting from South Pacific, she ignores the songs you might have expected her to sing, "A Wonderful Guy" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," and instead takes on two songs not sung by the show's female lead, "Some Enchanted Evening," which is the big ballad number for the male lead, and, even more unusual, "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," a song written for a chorus of bawdy sailors. Singing in the second person, she makes the latter a tribute to female superiority. Although Peters is an accomplished Broadway star, this is very much a song album; arranger Jonathan Tunick creates calm, understated settings, and Peters sings in a conversational manner. The album might have benefited from having more contrasting moods, but it makes for a warm, inviting celebration of its composer's 100th birthday.
Billboard
On this collection of gems and would-be gems, Peters is respectful of the legenadry composers but confident enough to make her own mark...Delicious.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724353496920
catalogNumber:
34969
Rank:
52038

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Tracks

  1. It's a Grand Night for Singing
  2. If I Loved You
  3. The Gentleman Is a Dope
  4. It Might as Well Be Spring
  5. Out of My Dreams
  6. So Far
  7. Something Wonderful
  8. I Haven't Got a Worry in the World
  9. Mister Snow
  10. Some Enchanted Evening
  11. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame
  12. You'll Never Walk Alone
  13. Something Good

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Billy Miller   Drums
David Nadien   Violin,Concert Master
Emily Mitchell   Harp
Martin Agee   Violin
Abe Appleman   Violin
Julien Barber   Viola
Elena Barere   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
John Campo   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Robert Carlisle   Horn
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Barry Finclair   Violin
John Frosk   Trumpet
David Gale   Trumpet
Jack Gale   Trombone
Crystal Garner   Viola
Marsha Heller   English Horn,Oboe,Cor anglais
Hunt   Oboe,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Ann Leathers   Violin
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Sharon Moe   Horn
John Moses   Clarinet
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Jan Mullen   Violin
Phillip Myers   Horn
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Seymour Red Press   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin
Stewart Rose   Horn
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Scott   Flute,Piccolo,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Donna Tecco   Violin
David Tofani   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Tunick   Conductor
Rebecca Young   Viola
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Krista Bennion Feeney   Violin
Robert Ingliss   English Horn,Oboe,Cor anglais
Sherry Sylar   English Horn,Oboe
Carol Webb   Violin
Maura Giannini   Violin
Scott Ballantyne   Cello
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Joseph Thalken   Piano,Celeste,Conductor
Peter Gordon   Horn
Vince Lionti   Viola
Enrico DiCecco   Violin
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Judy Witmer   Viola
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
James Saporito   Percussion
Billy Miller   Drums
Eugene Moye   Cello
Abraham Appleman   Violin
Vincent Lionti   Viola
Philip Myers   Horn

Technical Credits

Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Richard Rodgers   Lyricist
Bernadette Peters   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Jonathan Tunick   Producer
Chris Tergesen   Engineer
Gilbert Hetherwick   Executive Producer
Richard Jay-Alexander   Producer
Jessica Novod   Art Direction
Joseph Thalken   Arranger
Katharine Edmonds   Supervising Copyist
Stephen Price   Set Stylist
Jessica Novod Berenblat   Art Direction

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