Classic Julie: Classic Broadway

Classic Julie: Classic Broadway

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by Julie Andrews
     
 
Julie Andrews' recorded legacy happily experienced a September renaissance in the mid-'90s, just a few years before unsuccessful throat surgery stilled the legendary voice of one of musical theater's most-beloved stars. Classic Julie Classic Broadway collects together the best of these valedictory performances, recorded for Philips Classics. Andrews'

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Julie Andrews' recorded legacy happily experienced a September renaissance in the mid-'90s, just a few years before unsuccessful throat surgery stilled the legendary voice of one of musical theater's most-beloved stars. Classic Julie Classic Broadway collects together the best of these valedictory performances, recorded for Philips Classics. Andrews' trademark purity of tone, impeccable diction and stunning range and control are gorgeously intact on such perfect-for-Julie gems as "On A Clear Day," "My Funny Valentine," "If I Loved You," "Bewitched" and "Hello, Young Lovers." Andrews' final Broadway opus, Victor/Victoria is well represented with the ballads "Living In The Shadows" and "Crazy World." The highlights, though, are two extended medleys from Andrews' own career-defining megahits, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady and Camelot, that display the singing actress in superb form. Classic Julie is a fitting, and moving, tribute to a lady whose taste and excellence will continue to be an inspiration to generations of film and theater fans. --David Cohen

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Julie Andrews's recorded legacy happily experienced a September renaissance in the mid-'90s, just a few years before unsuccessful throat surgery stilled the legendary voice of one of musical theater's most beloved stars. Classic Julie, Classic Broadway brings together the best of these valedictory performances, recorded for Philips Classics. Andrews's trademark purity of tone, impeccable diction, and stunning range and control are gorgeously intact on such perfect-for-Julie gems as "On a Clear Day," "My Funny Valentine," "If I Loved You," "Bewitched," and "Hello, Young Lovers." Andrews's final Broadway opus, Victor/Victoria, is well represented with the ballads "Living in the Shadows" and "Crazy World." The highlights, though, are two extended medleys from Andrews's own career-defining megahits, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady and Camelot, that display the singing actress in superb form. Classic Julie is a fitting, and moving, tribute to a lady whose taste and excellence will continue to be an inspiration to generations of film and theater fans. --David Cohen
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After a period of relative inactivity as a recording artist, Julie Andrews, then in her late fifties, returned to the recording studio for a series of projects for the Philips label in the early '90s. First, there was a studio cast recording of The King and I in 1992 in which she naturally took the role of Anna Leonowens, singing songs like "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Getting to Know You." Then there were two songwriter albums, Julie Andrews: Broadway - The Music of Richard Rodgers, released in 1994, and Julie Andrews: Broadway - Here I'll Stay - The Words of Alan Jay Lerner, held for release until 1996. Finally, Andrews took the original Broadway cast album of Victor/Victoria to Philips in 1995. Selections from these releases have been combined to create this compilation. Andrews is heard re-creating some of the music she is best known for, including medleys from My Fair Lady and Camelot, as well as The Sound of Music. But she also takes the opportunity to try out songs she never got the chance to sing onstage or in films, such as "On a Clear Day" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and "A Cock-Eyed Optimist" from South Pacific. Even in the works she did do, there are songs which were sung by others that she here appropriates, such as "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music. Even in her maturity, Andrews retains not only her famous poise and precise intonation, but also a wonderful voice. There are occasions when the orchestrations are overly bombastic, and there are song choices that do not entirely suit the singer, particularly the lusty "Bewitched." But most of the collection is impressive, if poignant, since, at least at the time of its release, it seemed to present the best of Andrews' final recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0028946859322
catalogNumber:
468593
Rank:
25794

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Tracks

  1. On a Clear Day
  2. A Cock-Eyed Optimist
  3. Hello Young Lovers, song (from "The King and I")
  4. Here I'll Stay, song for voice & piano (from "Love Life") [From Love Li
  5. Overture (Excerpt)
  6. Wouldn't it be Lovely (Excerpt)
  7. Let a Woman (Excerpt)
  8. Just You Wait (Excerpt)
  9. Poor Professor Higgins (Excerpt)
  10. The Rain in Spain (Excerpt)
  11. You Did It (Excerpt)
  12. Show Me (Excerpt)
  13. I Could Have Danced All Night (Excerpt)
  14. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face (Excerpt)
  15. Getting to Know You, song (from "The King and I") [From The Sound of Mu

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julie Andrews   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Mauceri   Conductor
Ambrosian Singers   Background Vocals,Vocal Ensemble
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Billy Byers   Track Performer
Ian Fraser   Conductor,Musical Direction
Eddie Karam   Track Performer
London Musicians Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John McCarthy   Choir Master
Angela Morley   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ian Fraser   Arranger,Concept
Michael Gore   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Jay David Saks   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Carla Leighton   Reissue Art

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Classic Julie: Classic Broadway 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Julie Andrews. I love her singing and acting. I bought this CD last week, I was very disappionted, The direction is pretty bad, and all of the songs have been changed, for the worse. Below are a few of her CD's that I enjoyed much more.