Sondheim: Sweeney Todd [Original Cast Recording]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Sweeney Todd is of course the tale of a 19th-century London barber who, wrongly imprisoned by a judge lusting after his wife, returns to take revenge with his razor. What keeps the story from being a re-treading of The Count of Monte Cristo is the element of class conflict -- that and the grotesque device of having the barber get rid of the bodies by giving them to his pie-maker girlfriend to bake into her wares. We are thus treated to a very dark tale, indeed, with repeated mentions of the "Dies Irae" theme the Day of Judgment theme from Catholic liturgical music which has been used by many classical composers. The darkness of Sweeney Todd, ironically, prompts Stephen ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Sweeney Todd is of course the tale of a 19th-century London barber who, wrongly imprisoned by a judge lusting after his wife, returns to take revenge with his razor. What keeps the story from being a re-treading of The Count of Monte Cristo is the element of class conflict -- that and the grotesque device of having the barber get rid of the bodies by giving them to his pie-maker girlfriend to bake into her wares. We are thus treated to a very dark tale, indeed, with repeated mentions of the "Dies Irae" theme the Day of Judgment theme from Catholic liturgical music which has been used by many classical composers. The darkness of Sweeney Todd, ironically, prompts Stephen Sondheim music and lyrics and Hugh Wheeler book to write a richer, more coherent piece than the usual Broadway fluff. With his somber baritone, Len Cariou is chilling as the murderous, grief-stricken barber; Angela Lansbury, the cannibal-pie-maker, sounds like an insane Cockney Edith Bunker. The tormented young lovers Victor Garber and Sarah Rice are a bit bland, as second-string lovers in Broadway shows often are, but Merle Louise as the Beggar Woman provides some necessary spice. The orchestra is more than up to the demands of Sondheim's score, and the whole affair is well-recorded. This version of Sweeney Todd is a lot of fun as long as you don't listen to it too soon after a meal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635337945
  • Catalog Number: 3379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Prelude) - Len Cariou (3:34)
  2. 2 No Place Like London - Merle Louise (3:40)
  3. 3 The Barber and His Wife - Len Cariou (2:41)
  4. 4 The Worst Pies in London - Angela Lansbury (2:25)
  5. 5 Poor Thing - Angela Lansbury (3:27)
  6. 6 My Friends - Angela Lansbury (2:44)
  7. 7 The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: Lift Your Razor High, Sweeney! (0:55)
  8. 8 Green Finch and Linnet Bird - Sarah Rice (2:29)
  9. 9 Ah, Miss - Sarah Rice (2:25)
  10. 10 Johanna - Victor Garber (1:55)
  11. 11 Pirelli's Miracle Elixir - Ken Jennings (3:50)
  12. 12 The Contest - Joaquín Romaguera (0:31)
  13. 13 Sweeney Pondered and Sweeney Planned (0:31)
  14. 14 Wait - Angela Lansbury (2:16)
  15. 15 The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: His Hands Were Quick, His Fingers Strong... [Th - Richard Warren Pugh (0:41)
  16. 16 Johanna - Edmund Lyndeck (3:39)
  17. 17 Kiss Me - Sarah Rice (1:31)
  18. 18 Ladies In Their Sensitivities - Edmund Lyndeck (3:54)
  19. 19 Pretty Women - Edmund Lyndeck (4:58)
  20. 20 Epiphany - Angela Lansbury (3:17)
  21. 21 A Little Priest - Angela Lansbury (7:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 God, That's Good! - Ken Jennings (6:23)
  2. 2 Johanna - Sarah Rice (5:29)
  3. 3 By the Sea - Angela Lansbury (3:32)
  4. 4 Wigmaker Sequence - Victor Garber (3:36)
  5. 5 The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: Sweeney Todd: Sweeney Waited Too Long Before... - Carole Doscher (3:55)
  6. 6 The Letter - Len Cariou and the Quintet (3:35)
  7. 7 Not While I'm Around - Ken Jennings (3:55)
  8. 8 Parlor Songs - Eric Jennings (3:35)
  9. 9 Final Sequence - Company (13:26)
  10. 10 The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd... [The Ballad - Company (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Len Cariou Vocals, Track Performer
Victor Garber Vocals, Track Performer
Angela Lansbury Vocals, Track Performer
Betsy Joslyn Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Ousley Vocals, Track Performer
Skip Harris Vocals, Track Performer
Cris Groenendaal Vocals, Track Performer
Marthe Ihde Background Vocals
Frank Kopyc Vocals, Track Performer
Edmund Lyndeck Vocals, Track Performer
Joaquín Romaguera Vocals, Track Performer
Maggie Task Background Vocals
Merle Louise Vocals, Track Performer
Richard Warren Pugh Vocals, Track Performer
Ken Jennings Vocals
Carole Doscher Vocals
Sarah Rice Vocals
Jack Eric Williams Vocals
Duane Morris Background Vocals
Mary-Pat Green Background Vocals
Duane Bodin Background Vocals
Nancy Eaton Background Vocals
Nancy Killmer Background Vocals
Spain Logue Background Vocals
Heather B. Withers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Gemignani Musical Director
Betsy Joslyn Contributor
Robert Ousley Contributor
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Skip Harris Contributor
Anthony Salvatore Engineer
Cris Groenendaal Contributor
Robert Kimball Liner Notes
Marthe Ihde Contributor
Frank Kopyc Contributor
Maggie Task Contributor
Carole Doscher Contributor
Duane Morris Contributor
Mary-Pat Green Contributor
Duane Bodin Contributor
Nancy Eaton Contributor
Nancy Killmer Contributor
Spain Logue Contributor
Heather B. Withers Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wunderfull!

    This is absolutely great! It is one of the best records I have heard. I can't find words to describe the music and the casting is excellent! Buy it and you will NOT regret it! =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a catch!!!

    This is one of the best Broadway CD's out there to buy so buy it! The sounds of the voices and background music is so together it will send chills down your spine. It did it to me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dark Humor Heaven

    WOW!!! If you love dark humor, GET THIS CD!!! Especially Have a Little Priest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've been looking for this for years!

    It was awesome to find Sweeney Todd on CD! I listened to it many moons ago in my high school English drama class and have been looking for it ever since. One of the best broadway recording you could buy. Amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    God that's Good!

    It is soo great. I really like the songs: By the Sea, Pirelli's Miracle Elixir and God That's Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweeney Todd Rules the WORLD!

    Ever since I got my CD, I can't stop listening to it! In fact, I'm listening to it RIGHT NOW! You must buy this wonderful CD!

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