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How Glory Goes

Audra McDonaldAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004GJXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After Audra McDonald's audacious recording debut with Way Back to Paradise, a collection of newly composed, highly sophisticated theater music, this new disc dominated by Harold Arlen standards would seem to be a retrenchment. On closer inspection, not so. Anybody who would risk comparisons with Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland by recording "A Sleepin' Bee" and "The Man That Got Away" isn't playing it safe. McDonald comes out fine, though, not because she's better than her elders, but because she's different. What pop singers do with rhetorical flourishes, the operatically trained McDonald does with color and phrase shape, much more so here than on Way Back to Paradise. Indeed, she is in radiant voice. The differences multiply with the orchestrations, which give a Coplandesque slant to "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home." Then there's the sequencing, which follows "The Man That Got Away" with "Somewhere" from West Side Story. On a dramatic level, it's a progression from devastation to healing. On a symbolic level, the signature song of gay-cult icon Garland is followed by the unofficial anthem of the AIDS era--with staggering impact. Not everything is great: sometimes McDonald runs dry of interpretive ideas. But at least five cuts are each worth the price of the CD. My favorite: "Come Down from the Tree," a playful gem about love and change cut from the Broadway show Once on This Island. --David Patrick Stearns

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is How Glory Goes March 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"How Glory Goes" is the second CD from singer Audra McDonald, currently available at music stores everywhere. Ms. McDonald is a singer from the Broadway stage, a singer who, in her mid twenties, has three Tony awards to her name. However, unlike many a Broadway singer, she has no designs on traditional albums of showtune standards. Indeed, her first disk, "Back to Paradise," was comprised entirely of theater music written in the 1990's, by composers not yet into their 40's. On "How Glory Goes" she explores the relationship between theater music of yesterday and today by mixing the two together. Nowhere is this technique more effective than in her pairing of a true theater standard, "Somewhere" from "West Side Story" with "How Glory Goes" from 1996's "Floyd Collins." "Somewhere," sung in a quieter and more resigned manner than the song is accustomed to, is a song about heaven, the "somewhere" two lovers will find happiness. The song almost imperceptibly segues on the disk into "How Glory Goes," about a woman, in the moments before death, asking God what heaven will be like. It is juxtapositions like these that make the album more than just a collection of songs. Ms. McDonald's voice is also responsible for making the album more than the sum of its parts; she possesses a voice that, unlike many musical theater singers', can segue from brassy belting tones into beautiful colatura soprano ones at a moment's notice. Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender, soaring, and smart recording. March 1, 2000
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Audra McDonald's voice is fierce, warm, disciplined, tender, controlled, maternal, soaring, and smart. This is not an album that works as musical wallpaper -- the second it's on your CD player, you need to listen closely to understand it. But if you do listen, you'll be thrilled with this woman. The selections are not as challenging as those in "Way Back to Paradise" -- another great one, by the way, but not immediately ingratiating. In "Glory," McDonald has made the effort to reach out and bring her audience to her by mixing standards along with some of the more accessible songs of new composers. And she needs to make that effort because her operatic training brings something different to the pop idiom. In "Glory," she makes the breakthrough. One can imagine someday that she'll also "cut loose," (as she sometimes does in live performance), but the vision of that Audra doesn't diminish the real beauty of the one that's here. A favorite: "When Did I Fall in Love."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump for Audra! March 1, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Audra hits another one out of the park with her second disc, "How Glory Goes". People who are already fans of her amazing talent and enjoyed "Way Back To Paradise", her first solo release, will not be disappointed with her latest effort. Audra is still Audra... the voice thrills and the interpretations are flawless.
The best news, however, is for those people who love Audra's voice but aren't fans of the newer, more challenging music on her first disc. There's still some of that here, but she's added several "standards" from composers like Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, and Jerome Kern. You've probably heard these songs before, but for me each track was like hearing the song for the first time.
As much as I was a huge fan of "Way Back To Paradise", I think this disc will get even more time in my CD player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The TRULY Divine Miss M June 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Sorry, Ms. Midler, I think you are amazing, but Ms. McDonald is a gift from the heavens.
"Way Back to Paradise" was my choice for the best CD of 1998, so I eagerly anticipated this new release. But I approached it with some trepidation because, with such high expectations, I feared greatly being disappointed. Thankfully, disappointment is about the last word I would use to describe my reaction to this CD.
Many people characterized Ms. McDonald's programming choices (of mostly new material by largely unknown composers) on her debut CD as "brave," but I think that term more aptly describes her choices on this CD, as they bring her into comparison with many great singers of the past.
Clearly, though, Ms. McDonald has nothing to fear. She not only sings each song on the new disc gorgeously, but she puts her own special mark on each one as well. Most impressive is her interpretation of "The Man that Got Away." This song is so inextricably associated with Judy Garland that one assumes that her performance is definitive. Well, has Ms. McDonald got news for you! Her performance bears virtually no resemblance to the "classic" one, but makes it appear that Ms. Garland had no idea what she was singing about. While Ms. Garland's performance is certainly thrilling to hear, Ms. McDonald's conveys the world-weary sadness at the heart of this song. I've listened to this CD countless times and that track never fails to touch my soul.
Others have criticized the repertoire on this CD as being all of a kind. I must disagree. Ms. McDonald's interpretive skills are so fine that she presents an entirely different "character" in each of her performances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Audra Macdonald has a fine lyric saprano voice and the songs are...
Audra Macdonald has a fine lyric saprano voice and the songs are pleasant and whimsical. My only critisism is that on the cuts where she sings with an orchestra, the orchestra is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pamela e woehr
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This was a Christmas present and the person who got it was thrilled to get it.. He said he really enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth J. Acri
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent voice...but not great collection of tunes
Audra is always a pleasure to listen to, and on several cuts she is outstanding. However, the overall song selections could have been better, in my opinion.
Published 13 months ago by rgralla
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory
I love Audra McDonald, and this cd was given as a gift that was lost ages ago. Glad I was able to find it once again. :)
Published 13 months ago by Mariam Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I hoped for
Audra has a great voice, and is a great performer, but as good as she is I have a hard time listening to just this CD. I think it would be great mixed in with other music... Read more
Published on July 11, 2009 by R C
4.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top at times, but incredible skill and timbre
This is my first album from Audra McDonald, so I will not make the error of determining her ability based only on this album. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by Priscilla Stilwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Audra
There need to be more stars than five for this one! Incredible voice,phrasing and music arrangements.Absolutely beautiful!
Published on July 13, 2007 by Georgia A. Mcgurl
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine voice but not one that resonates with me - a detail often...
Here's the thing about music and those who listen to it. There are some wonderful singers out there and I think Audra McDonald is one of them. Read more
Published on June 28, 2007 by K. Corn
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful, sexy sound, with look and spirit to match
I've owned this CD for so long and had to stop listening to it when a very jealous girlfriend of mine was around that I forgot to share with others how good it is. Read more
Published on June 21, 2006 by Earl Hazell
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album, Beautiful Voice
I am most definitely an Audra McDonald fan. I saw her live recently at Linclon Center in the American Songbook Series and was blown away. Read more
Published on May 18, 2005 by RVR
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