Let Yourself Go

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Kristin Chenoweth is an old-fashioned Broadway Baby. Trained as a lyric coloratura soprano, this diminutive Oklahoman possesses an irrepressible comedic gift, bright-eyed beauty, and a vivacious personality that inevitably led her to the Great White Way and a Tony Award for 1998's You're a Good man, Charlie Brown revival. A self-described throwback, Chenoweth often says she was born in the wrong era. This hasn’t stopped the triple-threat dynamo at all. Kristin, her NBC comedy series, recently had its premiere, and now the adorable chanteuse has released a first-class album, Let Yourself Go, showcasing her many charms. Tackling a host of gems from Tin Pan Alley’s Golden ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Kristin Chenoweth is an old-fashioned Broadway Baby. Trained as a lyric coloratura soprano, this diminutive Oklahoman possesses an irrepressible comedic gift, bright-eyed beauty, and a vivacious personality that inevitably led her to the Great White Way and a Tony Award for 1998's You're a Good man, Charlie Brown revival. A self-described throwback, Chenoweth often says she was born in the wrong era. This hasn’t stopped the triple-threat dynamo at all. Kristin, her NBC comedy series, recently had its premiere, and now the adorable chanteuse has released a first-class album, Let Yourself Go, showcasing her many charms. Tackling a host of gems from Tin Pan Alley’s Golden Age, Chenoweth puts her signature on “You’ll Never Know,” “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” “My Funny Valentine,” Kurt Weill’s “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” Jerome Kern’s “Nobody Else but Me,” and the Irving Berlin title tune. Also included are three excellent new songs, including Ricky Ian Gordon’s bluesy “Just an Ordinary Guy” and the vaudeville tour de force “The Girl in 14-G.” In an earlier era, when Broadway set trends rather than playing catch-up, Chenoweth would have been a household name. It just may happen yet.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Kristin Chenoweth capped a rising career in musical theater with her debut solo album, which found her showing off her well-trained soprano in a collection of show tunes, most of which dated to the interwar period. On Irving Berlin's "Let Yourself Go," she tap danced like Fred Astaire in Follow the Fleet, and she worked up a torrent of comic anger in Jule Styne's "If You Hadn't But You Did." Then, she switched gears, proving herself a potently romantic figure in the Gershwins' "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine." And so it went. Backed by the Coffee Club Orchestra, the resident backup band for City Center's Encores! series of concert versions of lost musicals, with whom she had worked on Strike Up the Band and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, she recreated one of the Strike Up the Band numbers, the lesser-known Gershwin treat "Hangin' Around With You," abetted by another musical theater veteran who had branched out into TV, Jason Alexander. Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan's previously unheard "The Girl in 14G" allowed her to show off her opera training as well as her scatting abilities, and she fearlessly and successfully took on the ghost of Mary Martin by covering "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" from One Touch of Venus. Like an elaborate audition tape, the album seemed designed to suggest that Chenoweth could play any sort of part; sometimes the songs themselves reflected this goal of displaying versatility, notably the obscure Vincent Youmans song "Should I Be Sweet?," in which the singer must bounce back and forth between "sweet" and "hot" personas as she tries to choose between them. But whatever role she undertook, Chenoweth revealed more than enough talent to excel on a dazzling first album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998938427
  • Catalog Number: 89384
  • Sales rank: 38,344

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kristin Chenoweth Primary Artist, Vocals
Jay Berliner Guitar
Martin Agee Track Performer
Dennis Anderson Track Performer
Dave Bargeron Track Performer
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
John Beal Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto Track Performer
Ronald Carbone Track Performer
Glenn Drewes Track Performer
Lawrence Feldman Bass Clarinet
Barry Finclair Track Performer
John Frosk Track Performer
Jack Gale Trombone
Jill Jaffe Viola
Susan Jolles Track Performer
Arnold Kinsella Jr. Drums, Track Performer
Eric Kivnick Track Performer
Jeanne LeBlanc Track Performer
Robert Millikan Track Performer
Sharon Moe Track Performer
Lee Musiker Piano
Ron Oakland Track Performer
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Seymour Red Press Clarinet
John Redsecker Track Performer
Albert Regni Clarinet
Clay Ruede Cello
Russ Rizner-French Track Performer
Roger Rosenberg Track Performer
Andy Stein Violin
Roger Wendt Track Performer
John Winder Track Performer
Mineko Yajima Track Performer
Masako Yanagita Track Performer
Lanny Paykin Track Performer
Joe Anderer Track Performer
Robert Ingliss Track Performer
Maura Giannini Track Performer
Jason Alexander Vocals
Scott Ballantyne Track Performer
Robert Fisher Piano, Musical Direction
Stu Satalof Track Performer
Sheryl Henze Track Performer
Rebecca Johnson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Orchestration
Langston Hughes Lyricist
Ralph Burns Orchestration
Ogden Nash Lyricist
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Greg Calbi Mastering
Betty Comden Lyricist
Bruce Coughlin Orchestration
Buddy DeSylva Lyricist
Duke Ellington Orchestration
Ian Fraser Digital Editing
Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Adolph Green Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Lyricist
Jeffrey Lesser Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Engineering
Ed Rak Engineer
Russell Warner Orchestration
Hans Spialek Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Paul Cremo Executive Producer
Jeremy Caulton Vocal Assistance
Iain Fraser Digital Editing
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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Extremely entertaining! A must have for any musical collection! In a word WOW!

    Kristin Chenoweth is in a class all by herself! Anyone you loves the old melodies and lyrics of yesterdays showtunes, they are in for a treat. Kristin has a way of painting a picture with the way she can accentuate the vocal phrases. Her voice flows through the songs effortlessly. Kristin is just amazing in the way she can put so much emotion and character into a song. From start to finish this CD is a GEM! A song has no better friend today than Kristin Chenoweth! Kristin has a great vocal range ("The Girl In 14G"). She has fun with the number "If You Hadn't But You Did". To be honest I think she has fun from start to finish in this one. The final song "Daddy" reminds the listener of Eartha Kitt's Christmas song "Santa Baby". I wish that the executives from PBS would put her PBS concert performance from a few years back on top quality DVD. HEY GUYS IT WOULD SELL!!! --WOW! Do yourself a favor, Buy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Treat

    I am not usually a type for the brassier broadway style voice, but Kristen is wonderful. I tried out this cd on a whim, and it has stunned me. You can tell Kristen is having a great time singing, and that joy spreads to the listener. I would recommend this delightful cd to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kristin is Perfect!

    She has the most unique, pleasant, and versible voice ever in the history of Broadway. I simply love the fact she chose bigband songs. The opening song, "Let Yourself Go", is a toe-tapper and it hooks you into the rest of the cd. I urge you to buy or try out some of the songs, I guarentee this is a sure buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    kristin chenoweth is absolutly amazing...she has an adorable little voice that i definately wish i had because it is so one of a kind.. and once you hear it you know you will never hear anyone else sound quite like her...so sad thats shes leaving wicked...its so obvious that no one could ever measure up and replace her....anyway she rocks next time anyone is in NY go see wicked and drop by broadway dance center!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anxious for her next CD!

    As an Oklahoman, I'm proud that Miss Chenoweth comes from our state. This CD is a terrific compilation of her best work. BRAVO. I await her next one with baited breath. Now, THIS is *music*! MORE! MORE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listener

    I have forced my friends to listen to this CD with me, and now they love it as much as I do. One friend even went to a concert of hers with me!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My New Best Friend

    Kristin Chenoweth has become my new best friend. I listen this CD all of the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun! Broadway tunes! Great voice!

    At first I thought it was kind of odd...it was my mom's cd, but after a few times of listening, I couldn't help belting out the tunes! I absolutely love it! I love broadway shows, so this is just up my alley. Buy it! You'll probably start humming along! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a versatile, wonderful singer!

    As a performer and voice teacher myself, I listen to singers very, very critically for technique, but I'll accept technical inadequacies if the singer has an interesting interpretation. Happily, I don't have to settle for less in either area. Chenoweth is a vocal goddess!! I've already contacted Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, to get information on their voice training program for my students' future college plans, because she is clearly well-trained and well-rounded. Her choices in repertoire show a good sense of the significance of standards and the importance of introducing obscure but fabulous American songs to her audience, as well as championing new compositions. I wish ''The Girl in 14G'' was published - I can already see it being sung on one of my next studio recitals (perhaps by ME)! I heard her sing it on Garrison Keiller's show and was so blown away that I had to get the CD - glad I did. Everything else lives up to that promise and even surpasses it. Gushing? Probably. But she deserves it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Retro Runs Rampant

    Fantastic CD! Can't wait for more from Kristin Chenoweth. She's my new philosophy!

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