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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1996
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266832125
  • Catalog Number: 68321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Simple Song (3:50)
  2. 2 A Little Bit in Love (2:44)
  3. 3 I Hate Music (1:36)
  4. 4 Jupiter Has Seven Moons (1:22)
  5. 5 My Name Is Barbara (1:09)
  6. 6 A Big Indian and a Little Indian (0:53)
  7. 7 I'm a Person Too (2:02)
  8. 8 Glitter and Be Gay (5:59)
  9. 9 Who Am I? (2:40)
  10. 10 Peter, Peter (1:50)
  11. 11 My House (2:53)
  12. 12 A Julia de Burgos (4:11)
  13. 13 Sean Song (From Sean Lennon) (1:47)
  14. 14 Dream with Me (2:56)
  15. 15 America (3:16)
  16. 16 A Boy Like That (2:12)
  17. 17 A Love (2:35)
  18. 18 Somewhere (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harolyn Blackwell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Les 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
Al 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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