Merry Widow/The Desert Song [1944 Studio Casts]

The Merry Widow/The Desert Song [1944 Studio Casts]

by Kitty Carlisle Hart
     
 

Box Office Recordings/Encore Productions does operetta fans a favor -- even if one that may be legally dicey -- by reissuing these two long out-of-print operetta recordings on a single disc. In 1943, Kitty Carlisle appeared in a production of the 38-year-old operetta The Merry Widow in Boston and her notices were good enough to persuade Decca Records president…  See more details below

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Box Office Recordings/Encore Productions does operetta fans a favor -- even if one that may be legally dicey -- by reissuing these two long out-of-print operetta recordings on a single disc. In 1943, Kitty Carlisle appeared in a production of the 38-year-old operetta The Merry Widow in Boston and her notices were good enough to persuade Decca Records president Jack Kapp to undertake a 1944 studio-cast recording using Wilbur Evans, also of the Boston production, and Lisette Verea of a recent New York staging. The result was the most extensive recording of the score yet attempted. Kapp then brought Carlisle and Evans back into the studio to cut a version of the 1926 operetta The Desert Song. It was another excellent rendition. Both albums, originally issued as sets of 78s, were reissued on LPs in the 1950s, but otherwise languished in the Decca (later MCA) vaults. The present disc is not licensed legitimately from the copyright holders, and it clearly has been mastered from old records, since the sound is not great. But Carlisle's voice cuts through easily; singing operetta was really the strongest of her many modest skills. And while the scores are incomplete, especially from a later perspective, they remain a brave early attempt to put the music on record. The disc is augmented with three tracks drawn from Carlisle's Decca singles, notably a spirited version of "Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum" from Carmen Jones.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2000
Label:
Box Office
UPC:
0764805119526
catalogNumber:
1195
Rank:
299110

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kitty Carlisle Hart   Primary Artist,Vocals
Russ Morgan   Leader
Harry Sosnik   Conductor
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Felix Knight   Vocals
Wilbur Evans   Vocals
Vicki Vola   Vocals
Jeff Alexander   Choir Director
Lisette Verea   Vocals
Isaac Van Grove   Conductor

Technical Credits

Georges Bizet   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Rudy Vallée   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Composer,Lyricist
Harry Sosnik   Director
Jeffery Alexander   Director
Vera Bloom   Composer,Lyricist
Jacob Gade   Composer
Adrian Ross   Composer,Lyricist
Kitty Carlisle Hart   Contributor
Felix Knight   Contributor
Peggy Connelly   Composer
Wilbur Evans   Contributor
Bucky Willard   Liner Notes
Robert Gilbert   Composer
Robert Gilbert   Lyricist
James Campbell   Composer

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