Blackwell Sings Bernstein, a Simple Song

Blackwell Sings Bernstein, a Simple Song

by Harolyn Blackwell
     
 

The challenge in singing Leonard Bernstein's songs, which veer between the opera house and the musical theatre, is to meet the technical requirements of the former while conveying the vivacity of the latter. Harolyn Blackwell, who began her career singing "Somewhere" in West Side Story, tones down the often energetic music inSee more details below

Overview

The challenge in singing Leonard Bernstein's songs, which veer between the opera house and the musical theatre, is to meet the technical requirements of the former while conveying the vivacity of the latter. Harolyn Blackwell, who began her career singing "Somewhere" in West Side Story, tones down the often energetic music in calm arrangements for small ensembles, and sings feelingly. But she misses Bernstein's showiness and humor (notably on an unamusing "Glitter and Be Gay") until she hooks up with pop/Broadway singer Vanessa Williams for a medley of West Side Story songs, which pleasantly undercuts her otherwise sober interpretations, even if Williams steals the show.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/1996
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266832125
catalogNumber:
68321

Tracks

  1. A Simple Song  - Harolyn Blackwell
  2. A Little Bit in Love  - Harolyn Blackwell
  3. I Hate Music  - Harolyn Blackwell
  4. Jupiter Has Seven Moons  - Harolyn Blackwell
  5. My Name Is Barbara  - Harolyn Blackwell
  6. A Big Indian and a Little Indian  - Harolyn Blackwell
  7. I'm a Person Too  - Harolyn Blackwell
  8. Glitter and Be Gay  - Harolyn Blackwell
  9. Who Am I?  - Harolyn Blackwell
  10. Peter, Peter  - Harolyn Blackwell
  11. My House  - Harolyn Blackwell
  12. A Julia de Burgos  - Harolyn Blackwell
  13. Sean Song (From Sean Lennon)  - Harolyn Blackwell
  14. Dream with Me  - Harolyn Blackwell
  15. America  - Harolyn Blackwell
  16. A Boy Like That  - Harolyn Blackwell
  17. A Love  - Harolyn Blackwell
  18. Somewhere  - Harolyn Blackwell

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harolyn Blackwell   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Vanessa Williams   Track Performer
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Sanford Allen   Violin,Concert Master
Dennis Anderson   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Oboe
Neil Balm   Trumpet
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Robert Chausow   Violin
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Glen Estrin   French Horn
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Melanie Feld   Oboe
Brian Koonin   Guitar
Scott Kuney   Guitar
Charles Libove   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
Lou Marini   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Passaro   Percussion
Jim Pugh   Trombone
John Redsecker   Drums,Bells
Jim Saporito   Drums
Scott   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo
Kathy Sommer   Piano
Mitchell Weiss   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Richard Clark   Trombone
Dave Gale   Trumpet
Richard Kelley   Trumpet
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Kathy Fink   Flute,Piccolo
Judith Sugarman   Bass
Ragni   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Bill Hicks   Piano,Celeste
John Miller   Bass
Susan Orenstein   Violin
Jeff Lang   French Horn
Daniel Troob   Synthesizer,Conductor
Bill Hayes   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Campo   Contributor
John McClure   Producer
James Nichols   Engineer
Sandy Palmer Grassi   Engineer
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Daniel Troob   Arranger

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