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Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431498728
  • Catalog Number: 4987
  • Sales rank: 17,989

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Feinstein Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Alan Broadbent Piano, Conductor
Michael Davis Bass Trombone
Albie Berk Drums
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
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 II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Have

    Having been a big fan and owner of a lot of his CD's, there was reluctance in buying this one which contained at least 3 songs which he previously released. But I still bought the CD because of the song ''Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry''. If only for that song, this CD is a must have.

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