San Francisco and Other Jeanette MacDonald Favorites

San Francisco and Other Jeanette MacDonald Favorites

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by Jeanette MacDonald
     
 

The 1991 compilation San Francisco and Other Jeanette MacDonald Favorites (not to be confused with an earlier LP, Jeanette MacDonald Sings San Francisco and Other Silver Screen Favorites) provides a thorough MacDonald best-of for the CD era. MacDonald'sSee more details below

Overview

The 1991 compilation San Francisco and Other Jeanette MacDonald Favorites (not to be confused with an earlier LP, Jeanette MacDonald Sings San Francisco and Other Silver Screen Favorites) provides a thorough MacDonald best-of for the CD era. MacDonald's recording career closely tracked her film career; it began in 1929, the same year her debut film, The Love Parade, premiered, and ended (except for a handful of later re-recordings) in 1950, the year after her last film, The Sun Comes Up, appeared. During that period, she undertook 35 recording sessions that produced just over a hundred finished masters, many of them songs she also sang in her movies. This 74-minute, 22-track collection culls one-fifth of those tracks, including such signature songs for her as "Beyond the Blue Horizon" and "San Francisco," as well as her solo renditions of "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" and "Indian Love Call," songs she sang in duets with her most frequent screen partner, Nelson Eddy. In the popular imagination, she remains so associated with Eddy that it is worth pointing out that he is not heard on this album. Rather, this is the musical story of MacDonald without Eddy, performing songs from films in which he did not appear, such as The Firefly (annotator Bill Rosenfield's liner notes notwithstanding), Smilin' Through, and The Vagabond King, as well as arias from the operas that occupied much of her time in the 1940s, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Faust. European copyright law, which allows recordings more than 50 years old into the public domain, has resulted in a flood of unlicensed, mostly low-quality MacDonald CDs into the marketplace, many of which have found their way into American record stores. This disc, however, contains recordings remastered from the original parts, and thus presents the material in the best possible sonic quality, circa 1991. This could well be the definitive MacDonald compilation available, and certainly the only one that can be recommended without reservation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/1991
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266087723
catalogNumber:
60877
Rank:
131176

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Tracks

  1. Ciribiribin  - Jeanette MacDonald
  2. Giannina Mia  - Jeanette MacDonald
  3. The Donkey Serenade  - Jeanette MacDonald
  4. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life  - Jeanette MacDonald
  5. Italian Street Song  - Jeanette MacDonald
  6. Lover, Come Back to Me  - Jeanette MacDonald
  7. One Kiss  - Jeanette MacDonald
  8. Land of Hope and Glory  - Jeanette MacDonald
  9. Indian Love Call  - Jeanette MacDonald
  10. San Francisco  - Jeanette MacDonald
  11. The Holy City  - Jeanette MacDonald
  12. March of the Grenadiers  - Jeanette MacDonald
  13. Beyond the Blue Horizon  - Jeanette MacDonald
  14. Romany Life  - Jeanette MacDonald
  15. Only a Rose  - Jeanette MacDonald
  16. Les Filles de Cadiz  - Jeanette MacDonald
  17. Ave Maria  - Jeanette MacDonald
  18. Songs My Mother Taught Me  - Jeanette MacDonald
  19. Je Veux Vivre Dans Ce Reve (Juliet's Waltz Song)  - Jeanette MacDonald
  20. Il Était un Roi de Thulé  - Jeanette MacDonald
  21. Air des Bijoux (Jewel Song)  - Jeanette MacDonald
  22. Depuis le Jour  - Jeanette MacDonald

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeanette MacDonald   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Robert Russell Bennett   Conductor
Herbert Stothart   Conductor
Robert Armbruster   Conductor
Giuseppe Bamboschek   Conductor
Maximillian Pilzer   Conductor

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Russ Case   Contributor
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Nat Shilkret   Director
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
Herbert Stothart   Composer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Anthony Salvatore   Engineer
André Gauthier   Remastering
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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