Carousel [1993 London Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II agreed to adapt Ferenc Molnar's tragic play Liliom into a musical in 1945, they were concerned that the story was too pessimistic, and they took steps to lighten it, particularly by fiddling with the ending. Nevertheless, the resulting show Carousel was thought to be unusually dark for a musical, and though it ran 890 performances in its original production, it was not as successful as several other Rodgers and Hammerstein shows and attracted relatively few revivals over the years. But in 1992, director Nicholas Hytner, under the auspices of Britain's Royal National Theatre, came up with an acclaimed production that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II agreed to adapt Ferenc Molnar's tragic play Liliom into a musical in 1945, they were concerned that the story was too pessimistic, and they took steps to lighten it, particularly by fiddling with the ending. Nevertheless, the resulting show Carousel was thought to be unusually dark for a musical, and though it ran 890 performances in its original production, it was not as successful as several other Rodgers and Hammerstein shows and attracted relatively few revivals over the years. But in 1992, director Nicholas Hytner, under the auspices of Britain's Royal National Theatre, came up with an acclaimed production that emphasized the very elements Rodgers and Hammerstein had tried to soften. Hytner gave Carousel a modern interpretation that kept its rough edges intact and played up its drama. After an initial run at the Royal National Theatre that began on December 10, 1992, the show transferred to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End on September 10, 1993. This cast album clearly showcases Hytner's approach. His actors speak and sing emphatically in a way more reminiscent of the method acting style popular in the nonmusical theater of the 1940s than of the musical stage of the period, and Michael Hayden, playing the male lead Billy Bigelow, suggests Marlon Brando more than he does John Raitt, who originated the role on Broadway. The actors have the occasional uncertain moment with their American accents, but that doesn't keep this from being a fresh, unusually earthy version of a show that always had higher quotients of lust and violence than other musicals of its day. Recordings of Carousel seem to get longer and longer, and this one, at 79 and one-half minutes, is about as long as a single CD can get. The big addition is the 12-minute "Ballet" near the end, a piece of music not previously recorded. This Carousel album will not make fans forget the original Broadway cast recording, but it definitely marks a re-imagining of an old warhorse for a new era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/1994
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266250622
  • Catalog Number: 62506

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue - The Orchestra (7:25)
  2. 2 Mister Snow - Joanna Riding (5:49)
  3. 3 If I Loved You - Michael Hayden (11:43)
  4. 4 June Is Bustin' Out All Over - Meg Johnson (5:34)
  5. 5 Mister Snow (Reprise) - Clive Rowe (2:53)
  6. 6 When the Children Are Asleep - Clive Rowe (4:52)
  7. 7 Blow High, Blow Low (2:47)
  8. 8 Soliloquy - Michael Hayden (7:09)
  9. 9 A Real Nice Clambake (4:13)
  10. 10 Geraniums in the Winder/Stonecutters Cut It on Stone - Clive Rowe (2:49)
  11. 11 What's the Use of Wond'rin' - Joanna Riding (4:19)
  12. 12 You'll Never Walk Alone - Meg Johnson (3:56)
  13. 13 Ballet - The Orchestra (11:49)
  14. 14 If I Loved You (Reprise) - Michael Hayden (2:11)
  15. 15 You'll Never Walk Alone (Reprise) (2:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Roach Oboe, Cor anglais
Phil Daniels Vocals, Track Performer
Megan Davies Vocals
Andy Findon Flute, Piccolo
Mike Hayden Vocals
Stephen Milne Cello
Brendon O'Reilly Violin
Gillian Findlay Violin
Martin Robinson Cello
Barbara King Vocals
Bernie LaFontaine Clarinet, Flute
David Christophere Vocals
Rolf Wilson Leader
Martin Yates Conductor
Jacqui Boatswain Vocals
Anthony Gladstone Horn
Geoffrey Harniess Trumpet
Donald McVay Viola
Kevin Wainwright Vocals
Colin Staveley Violin
Robert Price Trombone
Erica Simpson Cello
Rachel Clarke Vocals
Nick Hitchens Tuba, Bass Trombone
Katrina Murphy Vocals, Track Performer
Andrew Callard Trumpet
Andrea Stone Vocals
Josefina Gabrielle Vocals
Matthew Skilton Vocals
Natalie Wright Vocals
Meg Johnson Vocals
Joanna Riding Vocals
Nicholas Ormrod Percussion
Hal Fowler Vocals
Sandy Burnett Bass
Sarah Clark Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Clive Rowe Vocals
The Orchestra Track Performer
Mark Smith Horn
Michael Thompson Horn
Graeme Scott Viola
Paul Harris Bassoon
Technical Credits
Chris Walker Producer
William David Brohn Orchestration
Ray Colcord Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist, Book
Dave Hunt Engineer
Kenneth McMillan Choreographer
Justin Hobart Brown Contributor, Production Director
Mike Walker Engineer
Nicholas Allott Executive Producer
David Hunt Engineer
Martin Yates Musical Director
Paul Groothuis Engineer
Don Walker Contributor, Orchestration
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