Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Tracks]

Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Tracks]

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Stephen Sondheim's effervescent comic soufflé, A Little Night Music, is the most effortlessly enchanting of his distinguished career. Composed entirely of waltzes, this warm and winning 1973 recording features a flawless cast including Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold, and the divine Glynis Johns, who clutches the heartstrings with the definitive version of

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Stephen Sondheim's effervescent comic soufflé, A Little Night Music, is the most effortlessly enchanting of his distinguished career. Composed entirely of waltzes, this warm and winning 1973 recording features a flawless cast including Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold, and the divine Glynis Johns, who clutches the heartstrings with the definitive version of Sondheim's most enduring ballad, "Send in the Clowns." Legendary record producer Goddard Lieberson's crisp and unsentimental settings, Jonathan Tunick's lush Arrangements, and a string of Sondheim gems, including "A Weekend in the Country," "Liaisons," "In Praise of Women," "You Must Meet My Wife," and "Remember?" contribute to a sense of suspended timelessness, perfectly evoking the long winter nights when the time is always right for a game of hide-and-go-seek of the heart.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sarah Erlewine
One of Stephen Sondheim's better-known works, A Little Night Music is inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. The story follows the intertwining of several imperfect relationships, leading to a satisfying resolution (as a romantic comedy should). Sondheim's score is sublimely evocative, invoking the mysticism of an early evening full of promise (perfectly described by a song from the second act, "Perpetual Anticipation"). Typically cerebral, the soundtrack is highlighted by the now-standard "Send in the Clowns," one of Sondheim's greatest contributions to the world of musical theater, at once bittersweet and enchanting. Also included on this CD recording is a bonus track of a misguided reworking of the song "The Glamorous Life" (not the Sheila E. hit from the 1980s) from the movie version of A Little Night Music, which is unfortunate because the original (available on this recording) is so charming.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886975620821
catalogNumber:
756208
Rank:
9109

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Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture and Night Waltz
  2. Act 1. Now/Later/Soon
  3. Act 1. A Glamorous Life
  4. Act 1. Remember?
  5. Act 1. You Must Meet My Wife
  6. Act 1. Liaisons
  7. Act 1. In Praise of Women
  8. Act 1. Every Day a Little Death
  9. Act 1. A Weekend in the Country
  10. Act 2. Night Waltz I / The Sun Won't Set
  11. Act 2. Night Waltz II / The Sun Sits Low
  12. Act 2. It Would Have Been Wonderful
  13. Act 2. Perpetual Anticipation
  14. Act 2. Send in the Clowns
  15. Act 2. The Miller's Son
  16. Act 2. Finale: Send in the Clowns (reprise) / Night Waltz (reprise)
  17. The Glamorous Life

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Len Cariou   Vocals,Track Performer
Hermione Gingold   Vocals,Track Performer
Beth Fowler   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Gemignani   Conductor
Mark Lambert   Vocals,Track Performer
Jonathan Tunick   Performing Ensemble
Laurence Guittard   Vocals,Track Performer
D. Jamin-Bartlett   Vocals,Track Performer
Victoria Mallory   Vocals,Track Performer
Benjamin Rayson   Vocals,Track Performer
Gene Varrone   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara Lang   Vocals,Track Performer
George Lee Andrews   Vocals
Teri Ralston   Vocals,Track Performer
Patricia Elliott   Vocals,Track Performer
Judy Kahan   Vocals,Track Performer
Glynis Johns   Vocals,Track Performer
Elaine Tomkinson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Music Collaborator
William Evans   Liner Notes
John Guerriere   Engineer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Patricia Birch   Choreographer
Harold Prince   Director
Thomas Z. Shepard   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Edward T. Graham   Engineer
Harold Hastings   Musical Director,Music Direction
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Hugh Wheeler   Book
Florence Klotz   Costume Design
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production

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Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Tracks] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate Sodhiem masterpiece. Evocative, bitter-sweet, enchanting, nostalgic, brilliant, perfect, timeless etc etc. If you don't know Sondheim, this is for you. If you do know (and love) Sondheim, you need no encouragement to get out the CD and play it yet again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyday a little sting" . . . once again the names of the orchestra personnel were not included in the "in-depth" program booklet. These people are artists. What a shame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic Sondheim at his best.