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Once: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
John Tiffany and Enda Walsh's adaptation of naturalistic Irish musical drama Once was so well received that it transferred from the small New York Theatre Workshop to the Broadway stage within months of opening at the end of 2011. Remaining faithful to the Frames' Glen Hansard and Czech singer Markéta Irglová's beautifully crafted songs, this official soundtrack of the new production shows why it's gaining similar critical acclaim as the 2007 original. Understandably, there are still several differences between the two. Bookended by two new instrumentals ("The North Strand," "It Cannot Be About That") that incorporate the most memorable melodies from the show, its 16 tracks...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
John Tiffany and Enda Walsh's adaptation of naturalistic Irish musical drama Once was so well received that it transferred from the small New York Theatre Workshop to the Broadway stage within months of opening at the end of 2011. Remaining faithful to the Frames' Glen Hansard and Czech singer Markéta Irglová's beautifully crafted songs, this official soundtrack of the new production shows why it's gaining similar critical acclaim as the 2007 original. Understandably, there are still several differences between the two. Bookended by two new instrumentals ("The North Strand," "It Cannot Be About That") that incorporate the most memorable melodies from the show, its 16 tracks include two new songs, an ensemble rendition of traditional Czech folk standard "Ej Padá, Padá Rosicka" and a pirate-style sea shanty ("Abandoned in Bandon"), two a cappella renditions of its signature numbers, and three contributions from Hansard and Irglová's the Swell Season's self-titled debut, while five songs from the Oscar-nominated score are omitted, including the title track, "Fallen for the Sky," and "Trying to Pull Myself Away." But although the slightly polished vocals from Steve Kazee (The Guy) and Cristin Milioti (The Girl) lack the rawness that made the film's bittersweet tale of a busker and immigrant flower-seller's relationship so real, they still possess a tenderness and restraint that ensures the achingly heartfelt songs never become theatrical show-stoppers. Indeed, the gorgeously melancholic Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," the emotionally stirring harmonies of "When Your Mind's Made Up," and the delicate banshee balladry of "The Hill" are just as poignant as their more familiar versions, while the 13-strong cast's live instrumentation lends an authenticity and sense of musicianship that many feared the translation would sorely lack. Different enough from the movie soundtrack, but still wholly respectful, Once is a rare Broadway effort that can be enjoyed by both fans and detractors of musical theater.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886919482423
  • Catalog Number: 194824
  • Sales rank: 437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The North Strand (1:11)
  2. 2 Leave (3:06)
  3. 3 Falling Slowly (4:26)
  4. 4 The Moon (2:48)
  5. 5 Ej padá, padá rosicka (2:09)
  6. 6 If You Want Me (3:46)
  7. 7 Broken-Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy (1:02)
  8. 8 Say It To Me Now (2:30)
  9. 9 Abandoned In Bandon (1:11)
  10. 10 Gold (4:00)
  11. 11 Sleeping (4:18)
  12. 12 When Your Mind's Made Up (3:30)
  13. 13 The Hill (4:28)
  14. 14 It Cannot Be About That (0:57)
  15. 15 Gold (2:28)
  16. 16 Falling Slowly (Reprise) (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Davis Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Martin Lowe Conductor
Steve Kazee Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Anne L. Nathan Accordion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Whitty Guitar, Percussion, Cymbals, Vocals, Background Vocals, Cajon
David Patrick Kelly Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andy Taylor Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cristin Milioti Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Will Connolly Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lucas Papaelias Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
J. Michael Zygo Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Erikka Walsh Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Abeles Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Melodica
Technical Credits
Paul Brennan Composer
Michael Curran Guitar Techician
Reid Hall Guitar Techician
Richard King Engineering
Rob Preuss Assistant Music Supervisor
Enda Walsh Composer, Liner Notes, Book
David Odlum Composer
Glen Hansard Composer, Text
Traditional Composer
Martin Lowe Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Graham Downey Composer
Noreen O'Donnell Composer
Markéta Irglová Composer, Text
Fergus O'Farrell Composer
Scott Farthing Marketing
Stephen Epstein Producer
Czech Traditional Original Material
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Andy Taylor Composer
Katherine Shea Stage Manager
Colm McConiomaire Composer
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