Few projects convey the sense of scale, ambition and passion as Broadway songstress Melissa Errico's 'Legrand Affair'- a collection of songs written by the legendary Michel Legrand, and performed by Errico with the 100-piece Brussels Philharmonic in Belgium, arranged and conducted by Michel Legrand himself, and produced by Phil Ramone. It features 15 tracks including Oscar-winning hits and Legrand classics as well as obscure gems. Literally years in the making, this improbable endeavor has been called "rapturous" (USA Today), "sexy" (ABC News) and "a spectacularly beautiful new album" (Wall Street Journal). "Six years in the making, this thrilling, expansive, 15-song release is destined to become nothing less than epic." (Edge Magazine) Critics have noted Melissa's natural affinity for the material with such comments as "Errico stakes a claim as a major interpreter of his catalog" (All Music) and "Like Streisand, Errico has a voice built to reach the upper balconies but is equally, exceptionally, capable of cozier, more introspective readings" (JazzTimes).
The recording features such hits as "Windmills of Your Mind" with a lush swirling orchestration as well as the classic "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?" and a sensual "The Summer Knows" as well as a fragile performance of the lesser-known "Martina," the anthemic "Celui-La," a gentle and spare "Dis-Moi," as well as new lyrics and new song written by Legrand for Melissa called "In Another Life" (with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman). "Legrand Affair" is a gorgeous throwback to an earlier era in recording when huge orchestras and powerful, emotionally subtle singers were in the center of the pop mainstream. "majestic and intimate" (JazzTimes) "A worthy addition to the short list of first-class American stylists (including Sarah Vaughan and Jack Jones), who have collaborated with Mr. Legrand through the years." (Wall Street Journal)