Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway

Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway

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by Michael Feinstein
     
 
It doesn't take a genius to find magnificent material among the many Broadway and Hollywood productions of the past century. But Michael Feinstein has nonetheless done a fine job of collecting sparkling gems from the theatrical and cinematic realms. If fact, all of the tunes are well-known standards, including Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Always,"

Overview

It doesn't take a genius to find magnificent material among the many Broadway and Hollywood productions of the past century. But Michael Feinstein has nonetheless done a fine job of collecting sparkling gems from the theatrical and cinematic realms. If fact, all of the tunes are well-known standards, including Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Always," Johnny Mercer's "Something's Gotta Give," Rodger's and Hart's "Isn't It Romantic" and "My Funny Valentine," and Victor Young's "When I Fall in Love" and "My Foolish Heart." Feinstein, ever the sensitive interpreter, handles each with care, eliciting the most from their memorable melodies and finely honed lyrics. Feinstein gets first-class assistance from guests pianists Marian McPartland and Page Cavanaugh, and excellent jazz players including guitarist Bucky Pizzarrelli, pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist Jay Leonhardt, and saxophonist Gary Foster. (Feinstein also gives himself sympathetic piano accompaniment on a few tunes.) It's obvious that Feinstein, long a committed champion of the great American songbook repertoire, is in his element here -- literally, some of the tracks were recorded live at his Manhattan club, Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel -- and the comfort he both takes and imparts from these songs is palpable.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Romantic inspiration can be found in many places, but song stylist Michael Feinstein finds his in motion picture film scores and Broadway musicals on his third Concord Jazz release. Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway is a two-CD set filled with great romantic ballads such as "The More I See You," "The Second Time Around," "All the Way," and the enduring classic "When I Fall in Love." Feinstein's voice is alluring, sophisticated, and comfortable on this excellent collection of popular music that he interprets in so many heartfelt ways. He adds an additional set of lyrics written by Lorenz Hart on "Isn't It Romantic" that were never included in the original 1932 film Love Me Tonight. On the second disc, he places the emphasis on songs from Broadway musicals with the same sensitive phrasing, nuance, and romanticism. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" is a harmonic masterpiece. His dreamy reminisces of the heroine from the landmark Broadway musical My Fair Lady also offers superb piano stylings from Alan Broadbent. One of the most romantic love songs on the collection is "As Long as She Needs Me." Feinstein's amorous interpretation of the lyrics reveals the true beauty of this great love song. Accompanied by such great musicians as Marian McPartland on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Gary Foster on alto saxophone, Peter Erskine on drums, and Chuck Berghofer on bass, among others, Michael Feinstein takes these songs to a different time and space that is sure to keep lovers of romantic ballads happy for some time to come.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431490128
catalogNumber:
4901
Rank:
37108

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The More I See You
  2. The Second Time Around
  3. As Time Goes By
  4. Isn't It Romantic?
  5. All the Way
  6. Something's Gotta Give
  7. The Way You Look Tonight
  8. Long Ago (And Far Away)
  9. When I Fall in Love/My Foolish Heart
  10. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Disc 2

  1. Always
  2. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  3. If This Isn't Love
  4. They Say It's Wonderful
  5. I've Never Been in Love Before
  6. As Long as She Needs Me
  7. The Song Is You
  8. Darn That Dream
  9. The Best Things in Life Are Free
  10. My Funny Valentine
  11. Taking a Chance on Love
  12. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Daniel Block   Alto Saxophone
Joe Cocuzzo   Drums
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Marian McPartland   Piano
John Oddo   Piano
George Rabbai   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mark Vinci   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Vernon Duke   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Producer,Engineer
John Latouche   Composer
John Oddo   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Allen Sviridoff   Producer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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Romance on Film/Romance on Broadway 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the live tracks on this CD recorded at his Manhattan Nightclub, and I'm glad I bought it. The recordings are crisp and I especially love listening to those wonderful standards and the way Michael smoothly sails along vocally, as he croons them. I agree with the Barnes & Noble Music Reviewer, when he said that it doesn't take a genius to find material from Broadway and Hollywood, but it does take a genius to excecute and release songs with that unique 'fresh and organic' finese. In fact I feel that there are only a handful of contemporary 'cabaret' recording artists such as Andrea Marcovicci, Lee Lessack, Michael Poss, Linda Eder and of course, Michael Fienstein, who can successfully achieve this. I think that Michael's new CD release has an excellent sound, and some wonderful vocal intrepretations. It's interesting to hear his vocal take on Irving Berlin's ''They Say It's Wonderful'' and the way that another fellow 'cabaret' artist, Michael Poss, presents it on his new CD release ''Silver Screen Serenades''. Michael Poss combines it with Richard Carpenters ''I Need To be In Love'' for a contemporary feel, and it works. Andrea Marcovicci also recorded ''They Say It's Wonderful'' on her CD tribute to Irving Berlin, and she too, has a different interpretation, and it also works wonderful! I listened to all three of these recordings recently, and get three different vocal/cabaret interpretations! Anyway, I love Michael Feinstein's new CD, and I'm glad he taped it live at his club in New York, because I get the feeling I'm right in the front row on a Saturday night!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After flipping through the feature on Michael¿s house (and it¿s majestic grandeur) in the November issue of Architectural Digest and reading about his new album, I picked up a copy of this two-CD set and I must say that Michael Feinstein is the ultimate romantic crooner. The songs seem to be lovingly handpicked with the first CD devoted to romantic songs from classic films including ¿As Time Goes By,¿ ¿Isn¿t It Romantic¿ and my favorite ¿The Way You Look Tonight¿ and the second CD showcasing love songs from Broadway including ¿Always,¿ ¿The Song Is You¿ and a brilliant rendition of ¿My Funny Valentine¿. I¿m really amazed that I¿ve never heard of him before¿Feinstein defines exuberance with his exquisite style and the eloquent richness of his voice. This extraordinary romantic collection is the perfect addition to any evening with that special someone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Michael's work when I discovered his cd ''Isn't It Romantic,'' (thanks to the now defunct soap opera ''Santa Barbara'' playing Michael's ''I'll Be Seeing You'' in one episode). I have since replaced the cd three times, (so much have I played it) plus given it as a gift to at least 5 friends. I think this newest cd is the perfect companion -- or continuation of ''Isn't It Romantic.'' The selection of songs -- especially on Disc #1 (Romance on Film)-- will warm the heart of lovers and lovers of old standards alike.I am particularly fond of Michael's interpretations of ''The More I See You'' and ''The Way You Look Tonight.'' (And how appropriate that he's included ''Isn't It Romantic'' on this new collection of songs, as well!) Get a glass of wine, light the candles, relax, listen and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took a chance after reading one of the other reviewer's recommendations on Michael's new release and actually purchased two different albums by two contemporary Cabaret/Pop recording artists; Michael Feinstein's-''Romance On Film/Romance on Broadway'', and Michael Poss'-''Silver Screen Serenades''. I must say that I'm very happy listening to these new recordings of some rare cinematic classics. I love to hear excellent pop vocalists with their own unique style and way of presenting a song. If you're a classic film fanatic and get into some of the great movie love themes, then order these albums by two of the most sexy male crooners in the Cabaret/Vocal genre! It's such a joy listening to both of these new recordings full of Hollywood's famous and almost forgotten love songs. The CD liner notes even give tremendous insight and anecdotes about a lot of these classic songs. It just goes to show you, good songs never die; they just get reincarnated with new arrangements for another brand new life and generation! Excellent work, guys!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago