Kismet [1991 Studio Cast Recording]

Kismet [1991 Studio Cast Recording]

by Samuel Ramey

CD

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Overview

Kismet [1991 Studio Cast Recording]

Kismet is one of those shows that succeeds in spite of itself -- even in the musical's original incarnation during the early '50s, it seemed kitschy and unwieldy, and only a newspaper strike prevented negative reviews from staking it out to a quick death; it lasted long enough to attract the attention of MGM in Hollywood, where Vincente Minnelli (with a little help from Stanley Donen) turned out one of his least interesting musicals based on it. What makes the piece work, whether on stage or screen, is the Borodin melodies, which are so compelling that they overcome the weaknesses in the libretto. And so listeners have ended up with Kismet as recorded by MGM, the original cast album, and re-recordings by Mantovani and others, leading up to this grand production, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani and starring Samuel Ramey, Julia Migenes, Jerry Hadley, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Ann Swenson, and Dom DeLuise. It's so strong in all departments that it's easily the version to be preferred, with only the MGM soundtrack as a potential rival -- Gemignani (who also served as music director of the recording) manages to walk a fine line between the grandiose and the playful, and captures all of the best elements of both. Ramey and company put a lot into their work and it pays dividends, as the piece grows on you in their hands; it's still not much of a play or a musical, but it is diverting fun here, with at least as much personality as performers such as Howard Keel and Dolores Gray brought to it in Hollywood. The CD edition has been mastered in 20-bit digital audio as well, which makes it very close and vivid.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644643824
catalogNumber: 46438

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Samuel Ramey   Primary Artist,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,cast
Mandy Patinkin   Vocals,cast
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jerry Hadley   Vocals,cast
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus
Dom DeLuise   Vocals,cast
Paul Gemignani   Conductor
Gale Limansky   Vocals,cast
Joe Neal   cast
James Bassi   Vocals,cast
James Bingham   Vocals,cast
Danny Egan   cast
Michael Hume   Vocals,cast
Julia Migenes   Vocals,cast
Ruth Ann Swenson   Vocals,cast
Julie Long   cast
Rodne Brown   Vocals,cast
Daniel Egan   Vocals
Joseph Neal   Vocals
New York Concert Chorale   Choir, Chorus
Julian Long   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Mike Danner   translation
Paul Gemignani   Director,Music Direction
Bud Graham   Engineer
John Kurlander   Engineer
John McCarthy   Director
David Merrill   Engineer
Sandy Palmer Grassi   Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Allen Weinberg   Cover Design
Arthur Kay   Orchestration,Choir Arrangement
Floriana Bivona-Lockner   Liner Note Translation
Brad Guice   Cover Photo
Genevieve Haines   translation,Liner Note Translation
Anna Saxon-Forti   translation,Liner Note Translation
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
George Forrest   Composer,Lyricist
Arthur Kay & The Originals   Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Luther Davis   Author,Book
Robert Wright   Lyricist
Jim Nichols   Engineer
Jean Galiana   Liner Note Translation
Charles Lederer   Book
Mervyn Rothstein   Liner Notes
Buddy Graham   Engineer
Michael Danner   Liner Note Translation
Robert Wright   Composer
Ben Rizzi   Engineer

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