Musicals: The Gold Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Looking at the cover of Silva Treasury's four-CD box set Musicals: The Gold Collection, the prospective buyer could be forgiven for assuming that the collection draws upon vintage recordings from original London cast albums. After all, the word "gold" is in the title, and the artist credit is to "stars of the London stage." But those who are familiar with Silva's other recordings, which tend to be newly made versions of classic film soundtracks, will not be surprised to discover that many of the label's usual performers, particularly the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, are on board, and that these are also new recordings. And ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Looking at the cover of Silva Treasury's four-CD box set Musicals: The Gold Collection, the prospective buyer could be forgiven for assuming that the collection draws upon vintage recordings from original London cast albums. After all, the word "gold" is in the title, and the artist credit is to "stars of the London stage." But those who are familiar with Silva's other recordings, which tend to be newly made versions of classic film soundtracks, will not be surprised to discover that many of the label's usual performers, particularly the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, are on board, and that these are also new recordings. And the "stars of the London stage?" Well, they are Meredith Braun, Keith Burns, Sharon Campbell, Mary Carewe, Gerard Casey, Chris Corcoran, Keith Ferreira, Lesley Garrett, Helen Hobson, Michele Hooper, Christopher Howard, Jason Howard, Ria Jones, John Langley, David Shannon, Deborah Steel, Jill Washington, Dave Willetts, and Tania Williams. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of any of these "stars." In addition to the name performers who originate starring roles and open shows on Broadway and in the West End, there is a small army of talented artists who stand in for those real stars when they are sick or replace them in long-running shows, and those are the kind of singers heard on this album. For example, Dave Willetts, who sings five songs, including two from Phantom of the Opera, has, according to the liner notes, played the part of the Phantom in London and on tour for more than five years, and Jill Washington, who duets with Jason Howard on "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet and "Make Believe" from Show Boat, has played the leading part of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera "more than any other actress in the world." As Britons, these performers, not surprisingly, got their real grounding in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-composed British musicals of the 1970s and '80s, as well as in Les Misérables, and they are at their best when performing songs from those shows, as they do on 19 tracks out of 56. They are less impressive on the older American material, including 11 songs composed by Richard Rodgers. And the two schools of musical do not sit well together, as they are more or less randomly interspersed on the four discs. The result is a long album of miscellaneous show music dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, recorded in the 21st century by professional, largely unknown performers. It will be of interest as a curiosity to theater music fans, but it does not deserve to be called a "gold collection" performed by "stars."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572360528
  • Catalog Number: 3605
  • Sales rank: 385,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 America - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:00)
  2. 2 Tomorrow - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:58)
  3. 3 Anything You Can Do - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:23)
  4. 4 The Girl That I Marry / My Defences Are Down - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:49)
  5. 5 Love Changes Everything (3:05)
  6. 6 Anything Goes - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:01)
  7. 7 Cabaret - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:59)
  8. 8 I Am What I Am - Philharmonia Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Dat's Love - Philharmonia Orchestra (3:37)
  10. 10 Memory - Paul Bateman (4:01)
  11. 11 Macavity: The Mystery Cat - Deborah Steel (5:10)
  12. 12 Soliloquy - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (7:39)
  13. 13 If I Loved You - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:17)
  14. 14 You'll Never Walk Alone - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Know Him So Well - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:00)
  2. 2 Don't Cry for Me Argentina - Crouch End Festival Chorus (5:15)
  3. 3 Another Suitcase in Another Hall - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:03)
  4. 4 High Flying Adored - Meredith Braun (3:23)
  5. 5 Try to Remember - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:05)
  6. 6 If I Were A Rich Man - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:11)
  7. 7 Gigi - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:12)
  8. 8 Luck Be a Lady - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:00)
  9. 9 Superstar - Christopher Howard (3:55)
  10. 10 I Don't Know How to Love Him - Paul Bateman (3:33)
  11. 11 Everything's Alright - Christopher Howard (4:09)
  12. 12 Close Very Door (3:40)
  13. 13 And This is My Beloved - Philharmonia Orchestra (3:38)
  14. 14 Stranger in Paradise - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Where is the Life that Late I Led? - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:37)
  2. 2 Send in the Clowns - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:23)
  3. 3 Bring Him Home - Philharmonia Orchestra (3:01)
  4. 4 The Impossible Dream - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:15)
  5. 5 Oh! What a Beautiful Morning - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:53)
  6. 6 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:32)
  7. 7 Oklahoma! - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:08)
  8. 8 Phantom of the Opera - Philharmonia Orchestra (3:30)
  9. 9 Music of the Night - Philharmonia Orchestra (5:34)
  10. 10 All I Ask of You - Chris Corcoran (4:23)
  11. 11 Summertime - Philharmonia Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Bless Your Beautiful Hide - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:17)
  13. 13 Ol' Man River - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:08)
  14. 14 Make Believe - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Sound of Music - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:48)
  2. 2 Climb Ev'ry Mountain - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:55)
  3. 3 Edelweiss - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:38)
  4. 4 Some Enchanted Evening - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:22)
  5. 5 Younger than Springtime - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:30)
  6. 6 Starlight Express - Paul Bateman (3:13)
  7. 7 Sunset Boulevard (3:01)
  8. 8 With One Look - Paul Bateman (3:43)
  9. 9 As If We Never Said Goodbye - Paul Bateman (5:15)
  10. 10 Tell Me on a Sunday - Paul Bateman (3:36)
  11. 11 Maria - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Tonight (The Balcony Scene) - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:20)
  13. 13 Somewhere - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:29)
  14. 14 There's No Business Like Show Business, song (from "Annie Get your Gun" - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Lesley Garrett Vocals, Track Performer
Sharon Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
John Langley Vocals, Track Performer
Nic Raine Conductor
Mary Carewe Vocals, Track Performer
Dave Willetts Vocals, Track Performer
Keith Burns Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Bateman Conductor
Keith Ferreira Vocals, Track Performer
Jill Washington Vocals, Track Performer
David Temple Choir Master
Andrew Greenwood Conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Jason Howard Track Performer
David Shannon Vocals, Track Performer
Meredith Braun Vocals, Track Performer
Chris Corcoran Vocals, Track Performer
Gerard Casey Vocals, Track Performer
Helen Hobson Vocals, Track Performer
Christopher Howard Vocals, Track Performer
Michele Hooper Vocals
Deborah Steel Vocals, Track Performer
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jason Howard Vocals
Tania Williams Vocals
Ria Jones Vocals
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Georges Bizet Composer
George Gershwin Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Gary Thomas Engineer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Mike Batt Composer, Lyricist
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Kander Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Benny Andersson Composer
Don Black Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Charles Hart Composer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Richard Stilgoe Composer, Lyricist
Charles Strouse Composer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Gareth Williams Mastering
Tim Rice Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Martin Charnin Composer
Harvey Schmidt Composer
Mike Townend Arranger, Orchestration
Paul Bateman Arranger, Orchestration
Fred Ebb Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Trevor Nunn Composer
George Forrest Composer
T.S. Eliot Composer
Christopher Hampton Composer
Amy Powers Composer
James Fitzpatrick Producer, Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Jan Holzner Engineer
Sean Mowle Art Direction
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus Choir Advisor
Robert Wright Composer
Gary Thomas Engineer
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