Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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The four major elements needed for a successful vocals-and-strings project are all in place here: an accomplished singer, a grand symphony orchestra, a gifted arranger, and a sheaf of majestic songs. Michael Feinstein keeps maturing as a vocalist, and this studio meeting with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra may be his most impressive outing to date. He�s assisted by… See more details below

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The four major elements needed for a successful vocals-and-strings project are all in place here: an accomplished singer, a grand symphony orchestra, a gifted arranger, and a sheaf of majestic songs. Michael Feinstein keeps maturing as a vocalist, and this studio meeting with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra may be his most impressive outing to date. He�s assisted by the just-right orchestrations of Alan Broadbent, who also acts as conductor and pianist for the project. And the repertoire couldn�t be any better: classics from the likes of the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, and Sammy Cahn. The tunes may be familiar (�Stormy Weather,� �The Best Is Yet to Come,� �Somewhere�), but with the warmth and assurance that characterize his best work, Feinstein makes them breathe again. It takes a brave stylist to tread where such vocal giants as Sinatra have gone before, but Feinstein brings his own authoritative interpretations to the material. He triumphs in the way all individualists do -- by being himself.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As it says on the back cover, Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is the first recording he's made with a symphonic orchestra. For this special occasion, Feinstein and Alan Broadbent -- the conductor and arranger for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra -- decided to stick to celebrated songs from the great American popular songbook, ranging from "Stormy Weather" and "Laura" to "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)." Much of this comes across as a slyly romantic, lightly swinging big band session -- less Sinatra and Strings, more a tempered Ring a Ding Ding. That's hardly a bad thing, since it plays up Feinstein's classy, understated delivery and the skillful arrangements of Broadbent. A side-effect is that the album isn't as revelatory as it appears it could be -- it does not uncover a new side of Feinstein, even if it's his first time with a full orchestra -- but that hardly matters when the music is as assured and satisfying as this.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431498728
catalogNumber:
4987
Rank:
74289

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Performance Credits

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Michael Feinstein   Piano,Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Conductor
Michael Davis   Bass Trombone
Albie Berk   Drums
Eli Magen   Bass
Yigal Tuneh   Violin,Concert Master
Israel Zohar   Bass Clarinet
Herman Openstein   Oboe
Avishai Cohen   Bass
Stewart Taylor   Trombone
Shimeon Abalovitch   Violin
Alla Yampolsky   Cello
A. Yaron   Viola
Yoram Alperin   Cello
Marina Dorman   Violin
Carol Patterson   Contrabassoon
Dalit Segal   Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Irving Berlin   Lyricist
Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Jerry Herman   Lyricist
Fred Jacobs   Authoring
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Lyricist
John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn   Lyricist
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Leslie Ann Jones   Producer,Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Lyricist
Nick Phillips   Producer
David Raksin   Arranger
Larry Blank   Arranger
Allen Sviridoff   Producer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Dann Thompson   Engineer
Ted Koehler   Lyricist
Carolyn Leigh   Lyricist
Graeme Brown   Mastering
Andrea R. Nelson   Art Direction
John N. Burk   Executive Producer
T. Koeler   Composer

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