The Dimming of the Day

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Anastasia Barzee has carved out a career in the musical theater that has included several stints as a replacement cast member on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde, Urinetown), a West End show (Napoleon, playing Josephine), and numerous U.S. regional productions and national tours. On disc, she is best known in the U.S. for her appearance on the original studio cast recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1954 movie musical White Christmas, having been a member of the original cast of the initial production in San Francisco, playing the part that Rosemary Clooney had in the film. Not surprisingly, on her debut solo album, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Anastasia Barzee has carved out a career in the musical theater that has included several stints as a replacement cast member on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde, Urinetown), a West End show (Napoleon, playing Josephine), and numerous U.S. regional productions and national tours. On disc, she is best known in the U.S. for her appearance on the original studio cast recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1954 movie musical White Christmas, having been a member of the original cast of the initial production in San Francisco, playing the part that Rosemary Clooney had in the film. Not surprisingly, on her debut solo album, The Dimming of the Day, she displays a warm high alto that is at times reminiscent of Clooney. But her song selections suggest a whole different set of female pop influences, mostly from the 1970s, including Kate Bush, Linda Thompson, Rickie Lee Jones, and Linda Ronstadt. She covers songs written by and/or associated with such singers, including the title song, taken from the repertoire of Richard & Linda Thompson. With the help of arranger Gil Goldstein and producer Matt Pierson (both, like her, graduates of the Frost School of Music at Miami University), she has come up with versions of the songs that either lean toward small-band jazz or have eclectic backings. Saxophonist Steve Wilson is so prominent on Bush's "The Man with the Child in His Eyes," the Bergman/Bergman/Legrand evergreen "Summer Me, Winter Me," and the 1950s ballad "Don't Go to Strangers" that he might as well be billed as a duet partner. But then the version of "Lilac Wine" features Goldstein's accordion in an art song reading. Barzee's professional training and theater background do not prevent her from giving emotive performances, particularly of Paul Simon's "American Tune" and Jones' "Company." She mostly stays away from material from the musical theater, a notable exception being Andrew Lloyd Webber's relatively obscure "Nothing Like You've Ever Known" (from Song & Dance). But the songs she's chosen from the singer/songwriter realm give her a chance to create characters, and the album suggests nightclub work as another aspect of her career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558333527
  • Catalog Number: 83335
  • Sales rank: 282,297

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anastasia Barzee Primary Artist, Vocals
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion, fender rhodes
Steve Wilson Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Greg Gisbert Trumpet
Larry Grenadier Bass
Lois Martin Viola
Louise Schulman Viola
Brian d'Arcy James Vocals
Maria Jeffers Cello
Kendrick Scott Drums
Jody Redhage Cello
Technical Credits
Kate Bush Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Jimmy Webb Composer
Matt Pierson Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Rufus Wainwright Composer
Christopher Drukker Graphic Design
Lloyd Webber Composer
April Smith Composer
James Shelton Composer
Meredith McCandless Engineer
John Patrick Shanley Liner Notes
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