Oscar Hammerstein Legacy: Operettas

Oscar Hammerstein Legacy: Operettas

     
 

Oscar Hammerstein II is best remembered for the string of successful musicals he wrote with Richard Rodgers between 1943 and 1959, starting with Oklahoma! and ending with The Sound of Music. But he had a long career before hooking up with Rodgers, much of which was spent working withSee more details below

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Oscar Hammerstein II is best remembered for the string of successful musicals he wrote with Richard Rodgers between 1943 and 1959, starting with Oklahoma! and ending with The Sound of Music. But he had a long career before hooking up with Rodgers, much of which was spent working with operetta composers like Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg on such popular works as Rose Marie, The Desert Song, and The New Moon. This British compilation, the first of two Hammerstein tributes, collects period recordings from such works made between 1927 and 1940. The primary sources for the tracks are recordings made by members of the original London casts of the operettas and by members of the casts of film versions. Thus, "Romance," "The Riff Song," "French Military Marching Song," and the title song from The Desert Song are performed by Edith Day and/or Harry Welchman of the London cast, while "Marianne" from The New Moon is performed by Howett Worster and "The Girl on the Prow" from the same show is performed by Evelyn Laye, both the singers members of the London cast. Mary Ellis of the 1933 London cast of Music in the Air sings the show's best-known song, "I've Told Every Little Star." Most unusual for Americans is the inclusion of "Hand in Hand" from The Three Sisters, which never opened in New York, sung by Stanley Holloway of the London cast. Most familiar to Americans will be the recordings by Jeanette MacDonald and/or Nelson Eddy made at the times of their appearances in film versions of Rose Marie (1936; "Rose Marie," "The Mounties," "Indian Love Call") and The New Moon (1940; "One Kiss," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stout-Hearted Men," "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise"). These are definitive performances of Hammerstein's best songs in the operetta style.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Pearl
UPC:
0727031013129
catalogNumber:
131

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Tracks

  1. The Song Is You, song (from "Music in the Air")  -  Orchestra
  2. One Kiss  -  Orchestra
  3. Rose Marie  -  Orchestra
  4. One Alone  - Richard Crooks
  5. Romance
  6. Wanting You  - Stewart Willie
  7. The Mounties
  8. When I Grow Too Old to Dream  -  Orchestra
  9. Indian Love Call  -  Orchestra
  10. Sweet Melody of Night  -  Orchestra
  11. Marianne
  12. Hand in Hand, song (from "Three Sisters")  - Charles Prentice
  13. Lover Come Back To Me  -  Orchestra
  14. Stout-Hearted Men  -  Orchestra
  15. The Desert Song
  16. The Night is Young  -  Orchestra
  17. Riff Song
  18. French Military Marching Song
  19. The Girl on the Prow
  20. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star, song (from "Music in the Air") [From Music  - Mary Ellis
  21. And Love Was Born, song (from "Music in the Air") [Music in the Air, 19  -  Orchestra
  22. Softly As in a Morning Sunrise  -  Orchestra
  23. One Day When We Were Young  -  Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lawrence Tibbett   Vocals,Track Performer
Carroll Gibbons   Conductor,Track Performer
Nelson Eddy   Vocals,Track Performer
Evelyn Laye   Vocals,Track Performer
Stanley Holloway   Vocals,Track Performer
Jan Kiepura   Vocals,Track Performer
Herman Finck   Track Performer
Jeanette MacDonald   Vocals,Track Performer
Edith Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Giuseppe Bamboschek   Conductor,Track Performer
Hyam Greenbaum   Conductor,Track Performer
Harry Welchman   Vocals,Track Performer
Stewart Wille   Piano
Richard Tauber   Vocals,Track Performer
Mary Ellis   Vocals,Track Performer
Andy Teirstein   Conductor
Charles Prentice   Conductor
Nathaniel Shilkret   Conductor
Nathaniel Finston   Conductor
Howett Worster   Vocals
Her Majesty's Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Drury Lane Theatre Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Richard Crooks   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Colin Brown   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Composer
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Tony Watts   Producer,Liner Notes

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