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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A classically trained soprano with a voice that can seemingly do anything, Audra McDonald was the most important new voice to hit musical theater in the 1990s, and while her work on stage, in films, and on television is at the center of her career, she has also found time to record an album here or there, and this one, her fifth solo studio release, and her first in some seven years, pretty much follows the template of the earlier ones, with a couple of songs from Stephen Sondheim ("The Glamorous Life" from A Little Night Music in the case here) and Rodgers & Hammerstein ("Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music), but most importantly, she continues to feature new and ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A classically trained soprano with a voice that can seemingly do anything, Audra McDonald was the most important new voice to hit musical theater in the 1990s, and while her work on stage, in films, and on television is at the center of her career, she has also found time to record an album here or there, and this one, her fifth solo studio release, and her first in some seven years, pretty much follows the template of the earlier ones, with a couple of songs from Stephen Sondheim ("The Glamorous Life" from A Little Night Music in the case here) and Rodgers & Hammerstein ("Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music), but most importantly, she continues to feature new and younger composers on her albums, and on Go Back Home, these newer pieces are the most striking, perhaps because they are the least familiar. The opener and title track, "Go Back Home" from The Scottsboro Boys, written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is a case in point. McDonald gives the song the exact amount of yearning and nuance, and she does the same to "First You Dream," another piece from Kander and Ebb, this one from Steel Pier. "Migratory V," from Saturn Returns, written by Adam Guettel, is another ethereal gem here. She also does versions of songs drawn from literary sources, two of which, "Some Days," drawn from a piece of writing by James Baldwin and set to music by Steve Marzullo, and "Tavern," based on a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay and given music by Will Reynolds, are included here. McDonald's voice astounds and seduces throughout Go Back Home, which is what we've come to expect from this great singer and interpreter. Hopefully we won't have to wait another seven years for her next solo outing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597983371
  • Catalog Number: 517766
  • Sales rank: 6,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go Back Home (3:14)
  2. 2 The Glamorous Life (3:52)
  3. 3 Baltimore (4:43)
  4. 4 First You Dream (3:07)
  5. 5 Tavern (2:46)
  6. 6 Migratory V (4:03)
  7. 7 Virtue (0:55)
  8. 8 Married Love (6:43)
  9. 9 I'll Be Here (5:02)
  10. 10 Some Days (3:54)
  11. 11 Edelweiss (2:54)
  12. 12 Make Someone Happy (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Audra McDonald Primary Artist
David Peel French Horn
Bud Burridge Trumpet
Donald Downs Trumpet
Aaron Heick Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Kevin Kuhn Guitar
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Steve Marzullo Piano, Soloist
John Allred Trombone, Bass Trombone
Jon Owens Trumpet
Antoine Silverman Violin, Concert Master
Theresa MacDonnell French Horn
Gene Lewin Drums
Mark Thrasher Clarinet, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Hiroko Taguchi Viola
Sean McDaniel Drums
Mark Vanderpoel Bass
Anja Wood Cello
Alexandra Knoll Oboe
Entcho Todorov Violin
Pablo Rieppi Percussion
Adam Krauthamer French Horn
Michael Roth Violin
Sara Hewitt-Roth Cello
Will Swenson Guitar, Soloist
Rick Heckman Clarinet, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Einhorn Piano, Soloist
Emily Yarbrough Violin
Brian Hertz Piano
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Edna St. Vincent Millay Composer
Kander Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Bruce Coughlin Orchestration
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Kevin Kuhn Arranger
Arthur Moorhead Producer
Doug Petty Producer
Jule Styne Composer
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Steve Marzullo Composer, Orchestration
Antoine Silverman Arranger
Adam Guettel Composer
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
Fred Ebb Composer
Michael John LaChiusa Composer
Audra McDonald Liner Notes
Larry Hochman Orchestration
Michael Gibson Orchestration
Zina Goldrich Composer, Orchestration
Marcy Heisler Composer
Michael Roth Associate Concertmaster
Robert Edridge-Waks Editorial Coordinator
James Baldwin Composer
Karina Beznicki Producer
David Dabbon Orchestration
Andy Einhorn Adaptation, Music Direction
Adam Gwon Composer
Will Reynolds Composer
Roy Henderickson Engineer
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