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Geppetto 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Geppetto is a charmer for anyone with the least interest in family love. I marvel at how Stephen Schwartz can write lyrics about an old subject, like a parent's love for their child, and express this love poignantly so that we can be touched by such emotions in a new way. Geppetto shows off Schwartz's talent in a more playful mode than his previous movie musicals Prince of Egypt, Pocohantas (Menken/Schwartz), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Menken/Schwartz). In this way it is more reminiscent of his Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show. The score is light and transports a listener buoyantly into the magical world of an enchanted tale. This CD is worth purchasing for the two versions of 'Since I Gave My Heart Away' alone. The song is charming both in and out of context of the show, the first version with its full and rich choral finale and the second (single version) with its simple but soulful charm. The song offers a reminder of how a human heart, as opposed to a 'wooden,' unfeeling heart, can experience love that far transcends attachment to physical possessions. Rather than coming off as trite or overdone, lyrics and music combine to sweep away cynicism and transport the listener to a sweeter state of being.