Oscar & Steve

Oscar & Steve

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by Mandy Patinkin
     
 

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The relationship between Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim is among the most confounding in the American musical theater. On the one hand, Hammerstein was Sondheim's spiritual father, the guiding force who led him to become a writer of theater songs. On the other, the optimistic, wholesome attitude expressed in Hammerstein's lyrics and librettos could not be

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The relationship between Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim is among the most confounding in the American musical theater. On the one hand, Hammerstein was Sondheim's spiritual father, the guiding force who led him to become a writer of theater songs. On the other, the optimistic, wholesome attitude expressed in Hammerstein's lyrics and librettos could not be more different from the skeptical, subversive wit of Sondheim. Mandy Patinkin confronted this dichotomy head-on in his fourth album, alternating songs by the two, following Hammerstein's "If I Loved You" with Sondheim's "I Wish I Could Forget You," Hammerstein's "Honey Bun" with Sondheim's "Not a Day Goes By." Those juxtapositions emphasized the differences, but Patinkin also found similarities in some pairings. The odd thing was that, although Patinkin is identified with Sondheim, here he was more comfortable with Hammerstein. He is able to appreciate the ambivalent anguish of "I Wish I Could Forget You" and the savage wit of "Remember," but he's too nice to plumb the cruelty of either song. On the other hand, Hammerstein's embrace of sentiment is similar to Patinkin's, and in songs like "If I Loved You," "Bali Ha'i," and "Honey Bun," he was able to indulge his energy and back-wall-of-the-theater bellow. Sondheim can thank Patinkin for making his songs seem more conventional and acceptable than they really are. Here, Patinkin even found surprising warmth in two of the austere songs from Passion. But, despite Patinkin's obvious affection for Sondheim, that doesn't make him the ideal interpreter. On the other hand, listening to this record makes you wonder what he could do with Hammerstein standards like "Ol' Man River" or "Oklahoma!"

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/1995
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597939224
catalogNumber:
79392

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Performance Credits

Mandy Patinkin   Primary Artist
Charles Wilson   Woodwind
John Beal   Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Ronald Carbone   Viola
David Cerutti   Viola
Alicia Edelberg   Violin
Lawrence Feldman   Woodwind
Joyce Hammann   Violin,Concert Master
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Nancy McAlhany   Violin
Robert Millikan   Trumpet
John Moses   Woodwind
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
John Redsecker   Drums
Clay Ruede   Cello
Russ Rizner-French   French Horn
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Scott   Woodwind
Laura Seaton   Violin
Ron Sell   French Horn
Mitchell Stern   Violin
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Ellen Westerman   Cello
John Winder   Woodwind
James Pugh   Trombone
Anthony Kadleck   Trumpet
Paul Ford   Keyboards
Thad Wheeler   Percussion
Eric Stern   Conductor
Alexander Vselensky   Violin
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Elizabeth Mann   Woodwind
David Calhoun   Cello
Jennifer Hoult   Harp
Nathan Durham   Trombone,Tuba
Glen Daum   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Mandy Patinkin   Contributor
Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
Billy Byers   Orchestration
Don Sebesky   Orchestration
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
John McClure   Producer
Glenn Osser   Orchestration
Bruce Samuels   Programming,Contributor
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Paul Ford   Arranger
Eric Stern   Arranger
Michael Yukon Grody   Contributor
Judy Blazer   Contributor

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Oscar & Steve 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world need more music and vocals like this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love all the songs that he sing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago