West Side Story - 50th Anniversary Recording

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, some of the biggest classical crossover stars have gathered to record a new version. Here, the part of Maria is performed by New Zealand vocalist Hayley Westerna, and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo portrays Tony.
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, some of the biggest classical crossover stars have gathered to record a new version. Here, the part of Maria is performed by New Zealand vocalist Hayley Westerna, and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo portrays Tony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 028947662693
  • Catalog Number: 000981802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue - Will Martin (4:14)
  2. 2 Jet Song - Will Martin (2:53)
  3. 3 Something's Coming - Will Martin (2:37)
  4. 4 The Dance At The Gym. Blues - Will Martin (1:53)
  5. 5 The Dance At The Gym. Promenade - Will Martin (0:28)
  6. 6 The Dance At The Gym. Mambo - Will Martin (2:30)
  7. 7 The Dance At The Gym. Cha-Cha - Will Martin (1:04)
  8. 8 The Dance At The Gym. Jump - Will Martin (0:55)
  9. 9 Maria - Will Martin (2:59)
  10. 10 Balcony Scene (Tonight) - Will Martin (5:42)
  11. 11 America - Will Martin (4:52)
  12. 12 Cool - Will Martin (4:59)
  13. 13 One Hand, One Heart - Will Martin (3:55)
  14. 14 Tonight (Reprise) - Will Martin (4:03)
  15. 15 I Feel Pretty - Will Martin (3:08)
  16. 16 Somewhere - Will Martin (2:21)
  17. 17 Gee, Officer Krupke - Will Martin (4:34)
  18. 18 A Boy Like That - Will Martin (2:22)
  19. 19 I Have A Love - Will Martin (3:21)
  20. 20 Finale - Will Martin (1:34)
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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
Leon Zervos Mastering
Arthur Laurents Book
Rupert Christie Programming
James T. Clark Orchestra Leader
James Clark Orchestra Leader
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hayley and Vittorio...a match made in heaven!

    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!

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