Dawn Upshaw Sings Rodgers & Hart

Dawn Upshaw Sings Rodgers & Hart

by Dawn Upshaw
     
 

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) were Broadway's top songwriting team of the 1930s. Between 1925 and 1943 the duo produced dozens of massively popular theater and film scores, including On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, A Connecticut Yankee, Pal Joey, and The Boys fromSee more details below

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Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) were Broadway's top songwriting team of the 1930s. Between 1925 and 1943 the duo produced dozens of massively popular theater and film scores, including On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, A Connecticut Yankee, Pal Joey, and The Boys from Syracuse. On 1996's Dawn Upshaw Sings Rosgers and Hart, the acclaimed American soprano puts her refined imprimatur on 15 of the pair's best, including "Manhattan," "Thou Swell," "Sing for Your Supper," "Little Girl Blue," and "I Could Write a Book." Upshaw handles each bauble like a delicate and beautiful objet d'art, her gorgeous voice the perfect vehicle for Rodgers's lush melodies and Hart's witty lyrics.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Dawn Upshaw proves to be an exception to the general rule that opera singers can't sing popular music on this enjoyable effort. She gets considerable help from show tune expert Tommy Krasker, the producer, and from some excellent arrangers and orchestrators, who come up with interesting ideas to give new interpretations to old Rodgers & Hart classics. "Sing for Your Supper," for example, finds her overdubbing herself into a chirpy girl group in a vocal arrangement by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. She also enjoys some strong guest spots from David Garrison ("Thou Swell") and Audra McDonald ("Why Can't I?"). But it's Upshaw herself who carries the album by singing for meaning and not attempting to turn the songs into arias, unlike many of her peers. She generally avoids the Rodgers & Hart songs that have quirky rhymes, and she can't bring herself to pronounce "holler" "holla" in order to get it to rhyme with "lollapalooza." But her treatments of the standards are excellent, if light, with none of the maudlin tone that some singers bring to "He Was Too Good to Me" and "It Never Entered My Mind," for instance. And she has dug up some good obscurities, notably "Ev'ry Sunday Afternoon," a song others have skipped over, probably because the lyrics may be hard to fathom (they celebrate both Sunday afternoon and Thursday night) unless one realizes they refer to the scheduled time-offs for servants. Even given that there is no dearth of albums devoted to the songs of Rodgers & Hart, this is a good one.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1996
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597940626
catalogNumber:
79406

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Performance Credits

Dawn Upshaw   Primary Artist,Vocals
Fred Hersch   Piano
Martin Agee   Violin
John Beal   Bass
David Cerutti   Viola
Alicia Edelberg   Violin
Drew Gress   Bass
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Lois Martin   Viola
Robert Millikan   Trumpet
John Moses   Woodwind
Suzanne Ornstein   Concert Master
John Redsecker   Drums
Clay Ruede   Cello
Russ Rizner-French   Horn
Scott   Woodwind
Mitchell Stern   Violin
Mitsue Takayama   Viola
James Pugh   Trombone
Robert Ingliss   Woodwind
Matt Wilson   Drums
Chuck Wilson   Woodwind
David Garrison   Vocals
Eric Stern   Conductor
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Elizabeth Mann   Woodwind
David Calhoun   Cello
Jennifer Hoult   Harp
Leslie Stifelman   Piano
Xin Zhao   Violin
Eric Degioia   Violin
Audra McDonald   Vocals
Katherine Livolsi   Violin

Technical Credits

Larry Wilcox   Orchestration
Orchestra of St. Luke's   Contributor
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Liner Notes
Hugh Martin   Vocal Arrangements
Joel Moss   Engineer
Russell Warner   Orchestration
Ric Wilson   Mastering
Hans Spialek   Orchestration
Eric Stern   Arranger,Orchestration
Ralph Blane   Vocal Arrangements
Sara ?   Illustrations
Don Walker   Orchestration

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