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Hansel and Gretel / The Yeomen of the Guard (Original TV Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Import

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CD debut for the soundtrack to the 1958 TV musical Hansel and Gretel and for selections from 1957's The Yeomen of the Guard , both starring the great Barbara Cook! You'll encounter Red Buttons, Rudy Vallee and Stubby Kaye as you hear these; bonus tracks: That Girl; Let's Do It; The Ho Ho Song , and more.

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  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B001QEIHX6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce K. Hanson on March 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Rare records are coveted by collectors for many reasons: wonderful material, the album covers themselves, a chance to hear vintage recordings for the first time, and the opportunity to hear more of Barbara Cook. OK, yes, I am a fan of Barbara's; in all of the stages of her impressive career. Therefore, that is reason enough to rejoice with this CD release of "Hansel and Gretel". But then, this album includes Stubby Kaye, Rudy Vallee, Paula Lawrence, plus Barbara, Celeste Holme, Bill Hayes and Alfred Drake in selections from the Hallmark Hall of Fame telecast, "The Yeomen of the Guard". (In fact, the only personality on the CD whom I dislike is sadly, the star, Red Buttons, who narrates the story of "Hansel and Gretel". Luckily, I can programme my CD player to playback only the wonderful vocals.)

This original children's musical was telecast on NBC-TV on April 27, 1958. Unfortunately, I never saw it (fortunately, I am too young) but I first became aware of it as a teenager in the seventies. As a collector of MGM soundtracks I learned about their other records from their colorful inner record sleeves during the late fifties. After seeing Barbara Cook in concert I knew I wanted to have all of her albums but the fifty dollar price tag of "Hansel and Gretel" at such NYC record shops as Footlight Records, proved to be too elusive for this then college student. In fact, it wasn't until the ermergence of Ebay that I was able to finally obtain a copy which wasn't in the best condition. Well folks, I am happy to report that the sound of this CD of "Hansel and Gretel" is amazing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tomas on August 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Not a lengthy review here other than to say that this is a superb CD, and we're lucky to have it. I cannot believe the bad rating because the CD contains so little music. In the world of LPs, we got very little music. You cannot put "more" music on a CD if it doesn't exist, and there is no more music for these two performances. To give low marks to a company like Sepia that seems to truly be trying to save these lost treasures is terrible. I believe the selections from YEOMAN OF THE GUARD were on 45s, so this is probably all that was recorded or has survived. It is phenominal to hear Cook on these recordings, and any time one can hear Alfred Drake is special. I truly love this CD as I do all of the CDs I own from Sepia. It's a part of my youth and our musical heritage that I would not have otherwise.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By backstage reader on September 5, 2009
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I got this only to hear Alfred Drake and Barbara Cook sing Yeoman of the Guard. I was disappointed with how little of that show is represented on the CD--tho' I mostly like the little that's there.
Hansel and Gretel is made almost unlistenable by Red Buttons (a performer I usually like, but one I could cheerfully throttle in this piece). The 'extra' stuff is mostly forgetable--unlike one of the other reviewers I find the Rudy Vallee stuff incredibly self-indulgent and actually lowered my opinion of him as a performer.
For me, Alfred Drake was the reason to get this CD. One of the finest singing actors of the 'Golden Age,' his Jack Point is really nicely done. Cook is fine as always and Bill Hayes is better than I would have expected in a vocally legit role. Celeste Holm is mis-cast, but tries really hard--and in fairness, may have come across better in the viewing.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on June 1, 2009
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JEOPARDY Category: "Great American Songwriters." For $1000, name the person who wrote "It's So Peaceful in the Country," "I'll Be Around," "The Lady Sings the Blues," and "While We're Young."

The correct question: Who is Alec Wilder?

Indeed, just who IS Alec Wilder. On the composer's website ([...] Gunther Schuller writes: "Alec Wilder's music is a unique blend of American musical traditions - among them jazz and the American popular song - and basic 'classical' European forms and techniques. As such it fiercely resists all labeling. Although it often pained Alec that his music was not more widely accepted by either jazz or classical performers, undeterred he wrote a great deal of music of remarkable originality in many forms: sonatas, suites, concertos, operas, ballets, art songs, woodwind quintets, brass quintets, jazz suites - and hundreds of popular songs.

"Many times his music wasn't jazz enough for the 'jazzers,' or 'highbrow,' 'classical' or 'avant-garde' enough for the classical establishment. In essence, Wilder's music was so unique in its originality that it didn't fit in any of the preordained musical slots and stylistic pigeonholes. His music was never out of vogue because, in effect, it was never in vogue, its non-stereotypical specialness virtually precluding any widespread acceptance.'

(More from Schuller): 'Wilder's interest in children brought about hundreds of piano pieces, easy study pieces for many different instruments, the well-known 'A Child's Introduction to the Orchestra' and the song book 'Lullabies and Night Songs,' illustrated by Maurice Sendak. His cantata 'Children's Plea for Peace' is a testament to his hopes for a better world for young people.
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