Dawn Upshaw Sings Rodgers & Hart

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597940626
  • Catalog Number: 79406

Album Credits

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
Les 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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