Legrand Affair: The Songs of Michel Legrand

Legrand Affair: The Songs of Michel Legrand

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by Melissa Errico
     
 

Although the musical Amour, with a score composed by Michel Legrand, had only a brief run on Broadway in 2002, it earned a Tony Award nomination for its female lead, Melissa Errico, who in 2005 began working with Legrand and producer Phil Ramone on a solo album of Legrand's songs. She put that project aside to take a career hiatusSee more details below

Overview

Although the musical Amour, with a score composed by Michel Legrand, had only a brief run on Broadway in 2002, it earned a Tony Award nomination for its female lead, Melissa Errico, who in 2005 began working with Legrand and producer Phil Ramone on a solo album of Legrand's songs. She put that project aside to take a career hiatus and start a family, then recorded an album about children and motherhood, 2008's Lullabies & Wildflowers. So, it took until 2011 for the long-gestating Legrand album to appear, but it proves worth the wait. Legrand Affair is a full-scale collaboration between singer and composer, with Legrand providing arrangements and orchestrations, and even stepping in to accompany Errico on piano and, on "Once Upon a Summertime," to sing (and scat) along. His charts for some of his best-known movie themes are lush and pastoral, and Errico, with her restrained, precise singing, is an ideal vocal embodiment of the lyrics. Many of those words were contributed by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who bring to their settings of Legrand's swirling, circular melodies appropriately poetic and elliptical lyrics. The classic example, of course, is the series of similes that makes up the lyric to the Academy Award-winning "The Windmills of Your Mind" from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. But the Bergmans also provide a succession of prepositional phrases for "In Another Life," and elsewhere they traffic heavily in nature and weather imagery to describe the contours of long-term love affairs. Errico studiously avoids material that the Legrand/Bergman team wrote for Barbra Streisand; no "The Way We Were" or anything from Yentl. But the veteran composer has written so many songs that she still has plenty to choose from, including a couple of French lyrics. And Legrand makes as strong an impression in the album as the singer, usually allowed an instrumental section in each song to get his point across with ravishing, often wistful strings. He is a full participant in his own tribute, but Errico also stakes a claim as a major interpreter of his catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558333626
catalogNumber:
83336
Rank:
118001

Tracks

  1. I Was Born In Love With You  - Melissa Errico
  2. The Summer Knows  - Melissa Errico
  3. His Eyes, Her Eyes  - Melissa Errico
  4. The Windmills of Your Mind  - Melissa Errico
  5. I Will Wait For You  - Melissa Errico
  6. In Another Life  - Melissa Errico
  7. Martina  - Melissa Errico
  8. Dis-Moi  - Melissa Errico
  9. You Must Believe In Spring  - Melissa Errico
  10. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?  - Melissa Errico
  11. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?  - Melissa Errico
  12. Something New In My Life  - Melissa Errico
  13. Maybe Someone Dreamed Us  - Melissa Errico
  14. Once Upon a Summertime  - Melissa Errico
  15. Celui-La  - Melissa Errico

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Errico   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michel Legrand   Piano,Conductor,Vocals
David Finck   Bass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Catherine Michel   Harp

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Duet
Alan Bergman   Composer,Lyricist
Marilyn Bergman   Composer,Lyricist
Maurice Cevrero   Copy
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
Phil Ramone   Producer
Scott Hull   Mastering
Richard Jay-Alexander   Producer
Eddy Marnay   Composer,Lyricist
Françoise Sagan   Composer,Lyricist
Hal Shaper   Composer,Lyricist
Melissa Errico   Liner Notes,Duet
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Patrick McEnroe   Executive Producer
Melanie McLaughlin   Cover Design
Larry Bercow   Cover Photo
Greg Kapustka   Engineer

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