Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give

by Simon Keenlyside


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Something's Gotta Give

American musicals have been performed in London for pretty much as long as there has been such a thing, yet British albums of Broadway songs are considerably rarer than those from the U.S., and usually they tend toward the international sort of spectacle production. Thus it is all the more surprising that British baritone Simon Keenlyside, not previously known for crossover material, has nailed the thing on his first time out. Several factors work in his favor. He does not affect an American accent (which many of these songs wouldn't have been sung in originally), but he finds a natural melodic flow and articulates the words beautifully. "Reviewing the Situation," from Oliver!, is especially interesting: Keenlyside effectively depicts an American put-on of a British accent. He finds an ideal collaborator in soprano Scarlett Strallen, who seems to come at the music from the theatrical side and makes an ideal foil. Keenlyside chooses a fine program of familiar but not overdone numbers, and he benefits from excellent support from the BBC Concert Orchestra under David Charles Abell, who uses sparse arrangements based on original pit-orchestra versions. The best thing of all, though, is an X factor based on the heft Keenlyside gives the material. He sings a couple of numbers from Carousel, the most serious and problematical of all the musicals, and he gets to the human spirit in something as light as Rodgers' "It Might as Well Be Spring." An ideal gift item for those who enjoy the operatic/musical theater boundary line.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2014
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115183823
catalogNumber: 10838

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simon Keenlyside   Primary Artist,Baritone (Vocal)
BBC Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Charles Abell   Conductor
Charles Mutter   Violin
Scarlett Strallen   Soprano (Vocal)
Charles Kilpatrick   Staging

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Original Material
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Ray Heindorf   Original Orchestration
Eric Rogers   Original Orchestration
Lionel Bart   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration,Original Orchestration
Jerry Bock   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ralph Couzens   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Irwin Kostal   Original Orchestration
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Edward B. Powell   Original Orchestration
Conrad Salinger   Original Orchestration
Jule Styne   Composer
Alfred Newman   Arranger
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Arthur Kay   Original Orchestration
Hans Spialek   Original Orchestration
Robert Franklyn   Original Orchestration
Ralph Blane   Composer
Simon Keenlyside   Liner Notes
Brian Pidgeon   Recording Producer
Bruce Pomahac   Musical Supervision
Walter Ruick   Arranger
George Forrest   Composer
Charles Mutter   Orchestra Leader
Stephanie Wollny   Liner Note Translation
Don Walker   Original Orchestration
Lloyd "Skip" Martin   Original Orchestration
Jason Carr   Adaptation
Derek Greten-Harrison   Liner Notes
Peter Moores   Liner Notes
Marie-Stella Paris   Liner Note Translation
Stephen Hogger   Music Librarian
Robert Wright   Composer
Jörgen Thuresson   Equipment Technician
Bill Cooper   Cover Montage,Session Photographer

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