Opening Night: The Overtures of Rodgers & Hammerstein [#1]

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
They may have had a few equals, but no pair ever surpassed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II when it came to writing musical plays for both theater and motion pictures. The list of their creations reads like a what's what of great American musical theater. Not only were their productions well above the ordinary when it came to the music, but they often dared to deal with sensitive social issues. One of the subplots in South Pacific concerned itself with interracial love. The King and I may well have been one of the earliest vehicles for dealing with issues affecting women in the mid-20th century, as well as cultural conflict between East and West. But most did not go...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
They may have had a few equals, but no pair ever surpassed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II when it came to writing musical plays for both theater and motion pictures. The list of their creations reads like a what's what of great American musical theater. Not only were their productions well above the ordinary when it came to the music, but they often dared to deal with sensitive social issues. One of the subplots in South Pacific concerned itself with interracial love. The King and I may well have been one of the earliest vehicles for dealing with issues affecting women in the mid-20th century, as well as cultural conflict between East and West. But most did not go to see these productions because they were morality plays in disguise. They wanted to enjoy the magical spectacle created around the words and music of these two geniuses. In its continuing effort to keep the products of this unique American cultural institution before the public, Decca Broadway has reissued this album of overtures to 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, nine written for the stage, one for the screen, and one for television (Cinderella). The album was originally issued in 1991. They are played by one of the more legendary musical aggregations in the country, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, under the direction of John Mauceri. An overture to a musical is much like a prologue to a Shakespeare play. It creates for the audience an anticipation of what's to come. The result is an excellent 60-plus minutes CD capturing some of the highest-order entertainment for the musical stage and screen wonderfully and endearingly performed. The CD is packaged with a well-written booklet on the musicals and their composers. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 028943493222
  • Catalog Number: 434932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (5:28)
  2. 2 Carousel Waltz - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (8:12)
  3. 3 Suite - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (6:50)
  4. 4 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (5:48)
  5. 5 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (6:58)
  6. 6 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (6:21)
  7. 7 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (4:36)
  8. 8 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (4:32)
  9. 9 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (5:41)
  10. 10 Overture - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (5:42)
  11. 11 Entr'acte - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mauceri Primary Artist, Conductor
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra Indexed Contributor
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
John Mauceri Liner Notes
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
William David Brohn Orchestration
Michael Gore Executive Producer
Johnny Green Orchestration
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Liner Notes
Joel Moss Engineer
Sid Ramin Orchestration
Ken Watson Personnel Manager
Brian Drutman Reissue Producer
Anne Parsons Management
Don Walker Orchestration
Dorothy Rodgers Liner Notes
Ralph Gabriner Cover Photo
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