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At the Met

Barbara CookAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000EQ5WLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It They Could See Me Now
2. It’s Not Where You Start
3. It Might As Well Be Spring
4. A Wonderful Guy
5. I Had Myself A True Love
6. Another 100 People/So Many People
7. The Gentleman Is A Dope
8. Them There Eyes
9. Sweet Dreams
10. Errol Flynn
11. When Did I Fall In Love (Audra MacDonald)
12. Blue Skies (Barbara Cook & Audra MacDonald)
13. Last Night When We Were Young
14. In Buddy’s Eyes
15. Nashville Nightingale
16. Not While I’m Around (Josh Groban)
17. Move On (Barbara Cook & Josh Groban)
18. This Nearly Was Mine
19. Not A Day Goes By/Losing My Mind
20. We’ll Be Together Again

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What's left for singers who already have Carnegie Hall under their belts? The Metropolitan Opera. Except it's not that easy for non-classical performers. On January 20, 2006, Barbara Cook--a Carnegie habitué, where she performed, for instance, her Sondheim tribute--became the first cabaret singer to perform at the Met as part of the house's regular season. It's a fitting choice: Cook, after all, is acknowledged as one of the very finest interpreters of the American Songbook. Backed simply by a quintet, the 78-year-old singer is at the top of her game, and even if her voice has lost its smooth luster, it's not about crystalline purity anymore, but about a woman filling every word and breath with decades of experience. She starts off with a tweaked version of Sweet Charity's "If They Could See Me Now" ("If they could see me now, that little gang of mine/Standing where Domingo sings with James Levine") then goes down an impeccable list of standards, most of which she's recorded before (but hey, it's gotta be classics at the Met). Cook is joined by two guests (Elaine Stritch was also at the show but isn't on the CD): Audra McDonald (sounding a little less smooth than usual on the solo "When Did I Fall in Love?" but recovering nicely for a duo with Cook on "Blue Skies") and Josh Groban (a lovely rendition of Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around" on his own, and another Sondheim piece, "Move On," with Cook). --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here again June 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If the Fates told me I could only have one Barbara Cook recording in the afterlife, it would be this one. Most of the tracks have been recorded by Ms Cook before, some several times; however, this incarnation is reminiscent of a fine single-malt Scotch that first excites the senses then settles into a mellow and pleasurable experience. Here is a compilation of most of my favorites. I don't really need to listen to the other recordings, but I will. The voice just gets richer and richer with the passage of time.

Audra and Josh, the newcomers, are welcomed additions to the recording. Quite simply, this recording is a pleasure and a treasure.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cook, Josh Groban & Audra McDonald June 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to be there for the actual concert and I can honestly say that this CD makes me feel like I am there all over again. Ms. Cooks voice is as impeccable as ever, cutting to the emotional heart of each song. Yes we've heard Ms. Cook sing most of these in the past, but the extra special setting of the Metropolitan Opera infused Ms. Cook (and the entire evening) with an added spark that was palpable and clearly evident on this recording. This is not to be missed.

My only complaint is that Elaine Stritch's performances were not included on this recording as the two really played well off each other. But no worries the duets with Audra McDonald and Josh Groban are also very compelling. Listen especially to the duet with Josh Groban which is acted so well by both. It's songs like this that make me wish Barbara could be in a musical again.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Treat! June 11, 2006
By Fan
Format:Audio CD
At 78 years of age Barbara can still sing -- I knew nothing about her until performances with Josh Groban (Hollywood Bowl 2005). Her introduction to Josh and duet with him ("Move On") are fabulous. I especially love "Not While I'm Around" -- the range of Mr. Groban's voice is amazing, magical, etc! Audra McDonald is also good and many of Barbara's songs are just enjoyable to listen to (Errol Flynn, It Might As Well Be Spring, Nashville Nightingale, etc). Barbara's interaction with Josh, Audra and audience are wonderful. For a live performance, this CD is definitely one of the best I've heard. Eric Stern on piano adds an additional thumbs up!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara is even more incredible than ever! June 30, 2006
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I have seen Miss Cook live on 3 occasions and she just keeps getting better! Her voice is crystal clear in this recording. Her interpretation of "This Nearly Was Mine" is sheer perfection. She is engaging as always, bringing the audience right in with her. Audra McDonald is great, especially duetting with Barbara, and Josh Groban is incomparable. His solo and the duet with Barbara are fantastic. Barbara is extremely expressive throughout the recording: serious, fun, contemplative. Yes, we've heard many of these before, but they continue to be fresh and enjoyable. And this time Barbara admits it is she playing the kazoo (incorrectly cued as part of the next number). The packaging has great pictures, but can be a bit vague. Can we assume Jay Berliner was playing the banjo? A picture of Marcus Rojas with Barbara (a great honor for just the one tuba duet with Barbara), but no picture of music director Eric Stern? And no labeling of composers or shows in the liner notes? As a plus, we do get Barbara's personal comments. But this sort of thing makes me long for an old vinyl album, where there was tons of room for pictures and notes and credits. This recording is a must-have for your Barbara Cook collection, and really, for any collection of excellent vocalists. Barbara is the only non-classical singer ever presented at the Met, and the first soloist in 20 years. I wish this concert could have been done with orchestra, but the small group of sensitive musicians makes the recording very intimate.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAMN!!!! June 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I just got my Barbara Cook "Live At The Met" CD yesterday, and I was totally blown away! Incredible talent! And I love the two Josh Groban songs on here too. His voice is just amazing! You should go out and get this CD. You'll be surprised!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still amazing July 19, 2006
By Marc
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On BC's previous CD (Tribute) I thought I detected a faint diminution of her unbelievable voice. This one proves that she has not lost a step. At her age (heck, at any age), her voice and her facility with a lyric is unmatched. My wife, a trained singer, agrees, and has learned much from BC about selling a story with the lyric.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in the audience August 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A thrilling memento of Barbara Cook's first concert at the Met, which I was lucky enough to attend. Many other fine Cook solos, and the entire segment with special guest Elaine Stritch, were omitted, which is a pity. I'd have gladly paid the price for a 2nd CD to include more of this nearly 3-hour concert for which Cook was onstage the entire time. Her singing was glorious all evening. Audra McDonald's performance was wonderful in person, and total perfection on this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing At Any Age January 3, 2007
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I was fortunate to be on the second row for this event and this recording is a wonderful recording of this amazing event. For anyone who is a fan of Barbara Cook, musical theater and/or vocal interpretation of popular music, the album is a must. You quickly forget that she is close to 80 years old. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars In The Premier League.
A real Prima Donna but the songs and voice of her younger years - "The Music Man" - will linger longer.
Published 4 months ago by Matelots
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, Touching, Musical Manna
She's a legend. She's an icon. She's one of the last of the greatest Broadway singers from the 50's still alive and kicking (and high kicking at that....at least vocally). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert S. Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cook at the Met
I just love Barbara Cook and this is one of her better albums. She is in great voice and has very good song selection. It is a great idea to have guest soloists.
Published on September 19, 2011 by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Treasure
This has become an instant favorite of mine. Barbara's performance is just stunning. From the choice of songs to the superb arrangements, everything is in place to show off her... Read more
Published on November 29, 2008 by S. Pimsler
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch Her Live, If You Can; If Not, There's This Marvelous Recording
Musical icon Barbara Cook took the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera House on January 20th 2006, for an unprecedented event: for the first time in its 123 years, a... Read more
Published on November 7, 2008 by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless!!
Dinner at The Palm Steakhouse with a friend.... $235

Martinis at the Waldorf.... $184

Feeling good, Putting on your virtual Tuxedos and spending the evening... Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by Gary M. Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an angel
I can't believe Barbara Cook is in her late 70s. Her voice is still unbelievably beautiful.
Published on July 10, 2007 by Writer and reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Icing for an Incredible Career "Cake"
Barbara Cook and The Met were made for each other, Although fans of Miss Cook probably have heard everything she sings in this concert, it still is an historic treasure. Read more
Published on May 14, 2007 by Northern Cape
4.0 out of 5 stars What a voice
It's only Barbara Cook with the most beautiful voice and the best selection. Sit back and dream of sitting at the Met with Barbara and her guests. Who could ask for more?
Published on January 16, 2007 by B. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook Sizzles!
Barbara Cook at the MET is a gem! It is a must for theatre lovers. Her choice and sequence of songs give one the feeling of being in the MET and enjoying every moment of her... Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Stanley Chua-Unsu
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But what happened to Elaine Stritch?
Depending on the song, there could have been an issue with other of Ms. Stritch's recording contracts, or it could have been an issue with rights to the song itself. Also, Ms. Stritch is rumored to be not the easiest person in the world to get along with, and there may have been some sort of... Read More
Mar 28, 2007 by S. Moskey |  See all 3 posts
is this the recording from themet?
It may be. This week DRG records announced it on their web site as "Barbara Cook at the Met" and slid the release date all the way back to June 6. Hard to tell what's really going on now. See http://www.drgrecords.com/index.asp for more details on what's on that CD.
Mar 25, 2006 by H. Feuchter |  See all 2 posts
is there a dvd ??????? Be the first to reply
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