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Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim: Live at Carnegie Hall
     

Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim: Live at Carnegie Hall

by Barbara Cook
 
The diva in all her glory: Nobody does it like Barbara Cook, and this glorious live album captures her at a mature peak in her still-evolving career. Here she concentrates on Stephen Sondheim’s superb work, as well as songs the composer himself admires. It’s a perfect match of singer and material. There are plenty of Sondheim classics here (“Send In the Clowns,

Overview

The diva in all her glory: Nobody does it like Barbara Cook, and this glorious live album captures her at a mature peak in her still-evolving career. Here she concentrates on Stephen Sondheim’s superb work, as well as songs the composer himself admires. It’s a perfect match of singer and material. There are plenty of Sondheim classics here (“Send In the Clowns, “Losing My Mind,”) in addition to such gems as Irving Berlin’s “I Got Lost in His Arms” and Harold Arlen’s “I Had Myself a True Love.” Cook handles them all with the ease of one to the manner born.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For a tribute concert commemorating his 70th birthday in 2000, Stephen Sondheim compiled a list of his favorite songs that he didn't write rather than those he did. Barbara Cook used that list in putting together her own concert program in 2001, though, as its title suggests, the song list remained "mostly Sondheim." Cook, who has become increasingly prolific on records since hooking up with DRG in 1993, has previously devoted titles to lyricists Dorothy Fields (Close as Pages in a Book) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Oscar Winners). But as annotator Frank Rich points out, though she and Sondheim scored their first Broadway successes within months of each other in 1957, she in The Music Man, he with the lyrics to West Side Story, she has never seemed a likely Sondheim interpreter. Her sweet, sincere style contrasts with his biting wit and introspection, and she never appeared in one of his shows. But in 1985, she essayed "Losing My Mind" in the concert version of Follies and made the song her own, and here she chooses carefully from the songwriter's repertoire and from his favorites. Songs like "Send in the Clowns" and "Anyone Can Whistle" well suit her approach, and she makes a point of singing the happy-love lyrics only from "Not a Day Goes By." The real finds on the album are her two selections from Passion, "Happiness" and "Loving You," which have not been much heard since the show closed. Among the non-Sondheim material, her Harold Arlen interpretations are stellar. She gives up the stage once in each act to Malcolm Gets, an agreeable singer who also performs duets with her several times, most impressively on "Not While I'm Around." That's the only suggestion that this septuagenarian is getting a little old; you never hear it in her sparkling voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471146424
catalogNumber:
91464

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Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Beal   Bass
Wally Harper   Piano
Malcolm Gets   Piano,Vocals
Walter Harper   Piano

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Cynthia Daniels   Producer,Engineer,Liner Note Producer,Engineering
William Schwenk Gilbert   Composer
Wally Harper   Arranger,Director,Music Direction
Lucas Deaver   Cover Design
Walter Jurmann   Composer
Lewis F. Muir   Composer
Frank Rich   Liner Notes
Bigelow   Composer
Bates   Composer
Walter Harper   Music Direction
Donald Kahn   Composer

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