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Kiss Me, Kate (1993 London Studio Cast) Cast Recording


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  • Performer: Michael Bauer, Brian Greene, Diana Montague, Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, et al.
  • Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Owen Edwards
  • Composer: Cole Porter
  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Jay Records
  • ASIN: B000005BHS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture - NSO/John Owen Edwards
2. Another Op'nin, Another Show - Shezwae Powell/Original Cast
3. Why Can't You Behave? - Diane Langton/Graham Bickley
4. Wunderbar - Diana Montague/Thomas Allen
5. So In Love - Diane Montague
6. Padua Street Scene/We Open In Venice - NSO/Diana Montague/Thomas Allen/Graham Bickley/Diane Langton
7. Tom, Dick or Harry - Michael Bauer/Graham Bickley/Paul Manuel/Diane Langton
8. Rose Dance - NSO/John Owen Edwards
9. I've Come To Wive It Wealthily in Padua - Thomas Allen/Original Cast
10. I Hate Men - Diana Montague
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Entr'acte - NSO/John Owen Edwards
2. Too Darn Hot - Paul Collis/Original Cast
3. Where Is The Life That Late I Led ? - Thomas Allen
4. Always True To You In My Fashion - Diane Langton
5. Bianca - Graham Buckley/Original Cast
6. So In Love Reprise - Thomas Allen
7. Brush Up Your Shakespeare - Brian Greene/Matt Zimmerman
8. Pavane - NSO/John Owen Edwards
9. I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple - Diana Montague
10. Shrew Finale/Grand Finale - Diana Montague/Thomas Allen/Original Cast
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Until you've heard the complete score to "Kiss Me, Kate" with Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations recorded in good, modern sound, you don't know what you've been missing. Matchless as the original Broadway leads were, neither of the recordings they made satisfies completely. Both the original Columbia and the Capitol remake are missing huge chunks of the score and neither adequately conveys the quality of the orchestrations even in the parts that are recorded.

So it is slightly frustrating that there have been two complete recordings of "Kiss Me, Kate" in modern sound featuring the original orchestrations, and both of them have significant problems. The earlier recording, an EMI release conducted by John McGlinn, is not currently available in the U.S., while this JAY release is conducted by John Owen Edwards. Even though the EMI recording is not currently available, I'm going to compare the two, for those who are interested.

Both recordings are well-conducted, but I feel McGlinn gets more out of the score than does Owen Edwards. McGlinn can often be a bit stodgy, but his "Kate" is just gorgeous. He does a better job of bringing out all the neat touches in the orchestration than does Owen Edwards, and he's also better in the jazzier sections. Owen Edwards does a good job, but it's sad to hear him completely miss some moments, as when he fails to slow down sufficiently for the crucial second "And you're mine, dear" in "Wunderbar." Overall, McGlinn just points things better without getting too fussy. If only the same could be said for his cast.

But both recordings fall down in their casts. As Fred/Petruchio, McGlinn's Thomas Hampson is completely at sea. The music doesn't lie well for him, seeming to mostly sit in the least attractive part of his range.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As an MD for an amateur production of Kiss Me Kate, I found this recording useful as it contains not only every single note in the score, but also every encore as well. It was really helpful in learning the orchestration, as the score was a piano reduction. It certainly saved a lot of time in rehearsal trying to work out who has what tune etc. - I could do it from memory in that I knew the trumpet had the tune there etc. The choreographer used this recording to estimate how long each dance was - something very important as other shows I have done the Choreographer was using a different version of the show (such as the broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate).
Singers can listen to this and know exactly what they will hear from the pit - which is always a helpful thing!! And less experienced singers (or non singers!!) can learn by ear.
I agree with another review that dislikes the singing - however my use was only for learning. The voices don't seem well suited for the parts, however they are not so bad that you cringe in horror - I think stopping after the first disc is a bit excessive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Barton on May 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Great CD - Don't be fooled by other 'jazzed up' versions - this is how it was written and how you'll normally hear it performed. A very gutsy and earthy performance all round. The original Broadway album, sounds great but has alot of "enhancements" which the composer never wanted put in and disapproved of. Go for this one if you want the true Kiss Me, Kate in it's full version - NO CUTS or HIGHLGHTS!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "junglered66" on July 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame the John McGlinn recording on EMI is out of print, because this travesty is no compensation at all. The singers are really, really bad. And the conductor fails to capture the swing of the score, leaving it sounding dull and lifeless. Run, don't walk, away from this CD.
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By zaranda on September 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It takes much more than this generally lack-luster performance delivers to overcome the intrinsic embarrassments of 'Kiss Me Kate'. While minor misogynies were then more or less default, if not de riguer, it is doubtful even the nudge-nudge friendly audiences of the 1940's and `50's would have put up with Cole Porter's stale, striving, prep school vulgarities had he not possessed an uncommon lyric gift.

And the set is too long. No one (except, apparently, devotees unwilling to settle for less than every note) needs instrumental reprises and variation-less dance numbers--especially when no purpose is discernable beyond running up a second disc. Most CD players have a Repeat mode. (At least the McGlinn/Barstow/Hampson EMI effort offers up some interesting out-takes to pad the second side; this one kicks in 15'' of overtures.)

Barring the two leads, the cast is ho-hum, and while Thomas Allen has his moments, he will not be remembered for his Fred Graham.

Notwithstanding all of the above, one is tempted to declare it all worth putting up with just to hear Diana Montague sing 'So in Love'--possibly Porter's loveliest song. (Why has no one thought of doing the reprise as a duet?) She even renders listenable the insufferably adolescent 'I Hate Men'. There's just not enough for her to sing in this show. Unless money is no object, go--for Montague alone--for the highlights disc.
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