Stephen Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

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by Mark Stone
     
 

Even though this German production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" may be greeted with some skepticism, it is a remarkable performance in English that is fairly free of language problems and surprisingly faithful to classic recordings of this operatic musical. With Mark Stone as Sweeney, Jane Henschel as Mrs. Lovett, See more details below

Overview

Even though this German production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" may be greeted with some skepticism, it is a remarkable performance in English that is fairly free of language problems and surprisingly faithful to classic recordings of this operatic musical. With Mark Stone as Sweeney, Jane Henschel as Mrs. Lovett, Gregg Baker as Anthony, and Rebecca Bottone as Johanna, the cast consciously aims toward a vague approximation of Cockney, intermittently applied, and there are only a few moments in the choral numbers where the Bavarian Radio Choir sings with obvious traces of a German accent. Henschel doesn't sing with the nasal twang associated with Angela Lansbury, though it takes a lot of effort to impersonate that voice, and she was wise to avoid such affectation. Similarly, Stone doesn't growl as fiercely as Len Cariou, and he pursues a richer, more mellifluous interpretation of the character. The highlight of the show is the duet "A Little Priest," which gives Henschel and Stone their most comic moments and steals the show. The Munich Radio Orchestra is conducted by Ulf Schirmer, and they provide a warm and luscious accompaniment to the singing, and the spontaneity of the live performance makes this feel convincingly like a fully staged version. "Sweeney Todd" has enjoyed many productions in Germany, and this BR Klassik recording will do well there, though it needs wider distribution in the United States to compete with the original Broadway and London cast recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Br Klassiks
UPC:
4035719003161
catalogNumber:
900316
Rank:
279961

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Act 1. Prologue / The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  2. Act 1. No Place Like London
  3. Act 1. The Worst Pies in London
  4. Act 1. Poor Thing
  5. Act 1. My Friends
  6. Act 1. Green Finch and Linnet Bird
  7. Act 1. Ah, Miss
  8. Act 1. Johanna
  9. Act 1. Pirelli's Miracle Elixer / Pirelli's Entrance
  10. Act 1. The Contest / The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  11. Act 1. Johanna
  12. Act 1. Wait
  13. Act 1. Pirelli's Death
  14. Act 1. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  15. Act 1. Kiss Me (Part 1)
  16. Act 1. Ladies In Their Sensitivities
  17. Act 1. Kiss Me (Part 2)
  18. Act 1. Pretty Women
  19. Act 1. Epiphany
  20. Act 1. A Little Priest

Disc 2

  1. Act 2. God, That's Good!
  2. Act 2. Johanna / Act 2 Sequence
  3. Act 2. By The Sea
  4. Act 2. Wigmaker Sequence
  5. Act 2. The Letter
  6. Act 2. Not While I'm Around
  7. Act 2. Parlor Songs
  8. Act 2. Fogg's Asylum / Fogg's Passacaglia
  9. Act 2. City On Fire
  10. Act 2. Searching
  11. Act 2. Judge's Return
  12. Act 2. Final Scene (Part 1)
  13. Act 2. Final Scene (Part 2)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jonathan Best   Vocals
Diana DiMarzio   Vocals
Pascalin Charbonneau   Vocals
Ronald Samm   Vocals
Münchner Rundfunkorchester   Performing Ensemble
Jane Henschel   Vocals
Gregg Baker   Vocals
Andrew Lepri Meyer   Vocals
Rebecca Bottone   Vocals
Andreas Hirtreiter   Vocals
Bernhard Schneider   Vocals
Ulf Schirmer   Conductor
Bavarian Radio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Adrian Dwyer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Christopher Bond   Adaptation
Wolfgang Schreiner   Executive Producer,Mastering
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Hugh Wheeler   Book
Lucia Giessübel   Engineer
David Ingram   Liner Note Translation
Christian Götz   Dialogue Director
Wolfgang Aschenbrenner   Liner Notes
Eva-Maria Koller   Synopsis

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