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West Side Story - 50th Anniversary Recording

West Side Story - 50th Anniversary Recording

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by Hayley Westenra, Vittorio Grigolo

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Decca Broadway

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayley Westenra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Vittorio Grigolo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Leonard Bernstein   Primary Artist
Charles Baker   Vocals
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Melanie Marshall   Vocals
Spencer Thomas   Vocals
Jon Bishop   Guitar
Tom Pearce   Vocals
Jeff Nicholson   Vocals
Alastair Brookshaw   Vocals
Connie Fisher   Vocals
Greg Castiglioni   Vocals
Alice Fearn   Vocals
Loren Geeting   Vocals
Kirstie Hoiles   Vocals
Ian McClarnan   Vocals
Rebecca Trehearn   Vocals
Colin Zamitt   Vocals
Jonathan Williams   Vocals
Will Martin   Vocals
Thomas Spencer   Vocals
West Side Story Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Nicolson   Vocals
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Various
Loren Geeting   Vocals
Greg Castigliono   Vocals
Will Martin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Nick Patrick   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Jamie Bernstein   Liner Notes
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Jerome Robbins   Concept
Arthur Laurents   Book
Rupert Christie   Programming
James T. Clark   Orchestra Leader
James Clark   Orchestra Leader

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West Side Story - 50th Anniversary Recording 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do like the original soundtrack, but musically speaking, this recording is far superior. To start with, the two young leads have amazing voices. The first Tony and Maria were adequate, but not excellent. Kiri Te Kawana and Jose Carreras have excellent voices, but they sound too mature for the role of the teenage lovers. Hayley Westenra and Vittorio Grigolo are both young AND accomplished, and as such they bring the perfect combination of beauty and passion to the roles Tony and Maria. The rest of the cast is great too. In fact, I wasn't expecting to like "The Jet Song" or "Cool," but Will Martin's compelling strong but controlled voice brings real life to the Riff character, and I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job of it. His voice is both tough and beautiful at the same time…I don’t know how he does it. Another standout is Connie Fisher's incredible performance of "Somewhere." The only reason for criticism of this magnificent album would be the international cast. Personally, I don't have a problem with Vittorio's accent, I think it's kind of cute, but the "real" Tony wouldn't have one. Hayley doesn't look or sound Puerto Rican either. Oh well. These singers were chosen for their vocal abilities, not for their nationality. Anyway, of the three major recordings of "West Side Story" that I have heard, this is the one I like best. The main reason I like it best is because of how well Hayley and Vittorio compliment each other. They’re truly a match made in heaven!