Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim

Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim

by Mandy Patinkin
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Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim

That Mandy Patinkin loves the music of Stephen Sondheim is obvious from this wondrous recital. Linking 34 songs -- all given full readings -- from Broadway’s premier composer in a concert format, Patinkin reasserts both the distinction and durability of Sondheim’s work and his own assurance as a dramatic performer. Although Patinkin chose his favorite songs rather than working up a thematically linked program, the selections do present a broad yet related picture of the vicissitudes and joys of love and art. Patinkin doesn’t try to present a Sondheim retrospective, either -- as if one could in a single night’s presentation. But in embracing material from such varied shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Into the Woods, the singer gives a full impression of Sondheim’s spectacular versatility and richness. With a flexible range that allows him to even take on material shaped for female vocalists, Patinkin completely inhabits the material; his superb diction allowing us to savor each of Sondheim’s chiseled lyrics. Accompanied only by a sharp-eared pianist, Patinkin transforms Sings Sondheim into a love letter of a one-man show.

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Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597969023
catalogNumber: 79690

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Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you know the Sondheim material mostly from the recordings of the shows, you may be disappointed by the rendering given by Patinkin. He is acting these songs, more than he is singing them, so the dynamics go all over the place. His glorious voice gets a good showing, though, and after a listen or two I bonded with this tour de force of an evening with Patinkin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Sondheim fan & I like Patinkin too. This live recording from a show of just the singer & piano was probably terrific in person, but there is a sameness to the texture of the songs when listened to end-to-end. Sondheim is a musical dramatist at his best, and his songs have a context in the plays, and these performances with just piano really miss out on the musical variety that would have been achieved with fuller orchestration, or even some other singers. However, when I put my CD jukebox on random & heard one song at a time after hearing other music in between, I certainly enjoy each one. So I'm glad I have the CD in my collection, but it's not a CD that I will play from beginning to end.