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A Little Night Music (1973 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Sondheim stole Manhattan's heart with this 1973 romantic comedy. Along with Send in the Clowns this reissue features the previously unreleased Night Waltz II and one bonus track: The Glamorous Life .

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Perhaps best known for the hit "Send In the Clowns," Stephen Sondheim's glamorous 3/4 waltz-time musical recalls enchanted evenings, white kidskin elbow gloves, and romance of the green-eyed bittersweet and bed-hopping sort. The ruse is that these folks lead "ordinary lives": the father is widowed, remarries, and briefly rekindles a sack-side former flame; the son flirts with the maid; the child bride is cuckolded yet loves and is loved by the son; and the maid has a romp with the butler. Adapted from a mid-'50s Ingmar Bergman film, the play debuted in America in the early '70s and is set in Sweden's turn-of-the-century well-to-do society. Now remastered and heard at the dawn of the millennium, Night Music is a dated yet charmingly affected period piece, abundant in its sweeping theatricality. As an unhappily chaste newlywed, Len Cariou, Broadway's glistening middle-aged dandy, is smashing as Fredrick. Glynis Johns (who always sounds congested and quite cosmopolitan) steals focus as the delightful actress Desiree. Night Music is a foolishly fanciful, twinkly score swathed in plucky harp, sweeping strings, and coolly elegant conversational tunes. --Paige La Grone

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DHSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Night Music has been my favorite musical since I first heard it on LP, then stood in the back of the theatre for 10 consecutive performances of this cast. This show exemplifies the best of the Broadway idiom for me and, like the previous reviewer, it made me a devotee of Sondheim for ever and ever, amen. Dated? Excuuuuse me! Len Cariou is so perfect as Frederik -- his was the only version of the character that makes him seem real -- fallible, virile, rueful and ultimately a perfect match for Desiree. And speaking of Desiree, Glynnis Johns played her with elegance and panache. If her performance of the music was more sprechstimme than song, so be it -- Sondheim wrote the music for her style and it works beautifully. The score and lyrics -- well what can one say? Fiendishly clever words and music that soars, dances and subtly shifts its mood to suite the events of the endless summer night. The great songs follow one after the other -- from the marvellous interplay of "Soon/Later/Now" to "Ordinary Lives" to "Liasons," "The Miller's Son," and, yes, "Send in the Clowns." This tune has been so bastardized by crooners and lounge lizards, it's become a cliche. But, just listen once to Ms. Johns' rendition and it becomes fresh and new once again. I realize and remember that this is not a song of sorrow; but of frustration and anger at a universe that would let two people who love each other get so far apart. I could go on and on -- but don't listen to me. Get this CD and listen to it. THen listen to it again. You'll be hooked, I guarantee.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Manuel on December 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Sondheim at his best. Beautiful music pared with complex, witty word play:

Now, as the sweet imbecilities

Tumble so lavishly

Onto her lap,

Now, there are two possibilities:

A, I could ravish her,

B, I could nap.

.

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.

Perhaps I could read.

In view of her penchant

For something romantic,

De Sade is to trenchant

And Dickens too frantic,

And Stendhal would ruin

The plan of attack,

As there isn't much blue in "The Red and the Black."

De Maupassant's candour

Would cause her dismay,

The Brontes are grander

But not very gay,

Her taste is much blander,

I'm sorry to say,

But is Hans Christian Ander-

Sen ever risque?

Once again Sondheim shows us why, though not as commercially a success as Lloyd Webber, his legacy will endure long after Webber's name is forgotten. To Kay: get beyond the music. You call Sondheim overrated and Webber a musical genius - you're obviously not listening to the whole. Webber's written some pretty music but musical theater is so much more than just pretty music.

Tracks to savor:

Now/Soon/Later

You Must Meet My Wife

Liasons (Hermoinie Gingold is fabulous!)

A Weekend In The Country

In Praise of Women

If you love musical theater, this is a must for your collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LB RJ on September 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Stephen Sondheim managed a theatrical hat-trick in the early 1970s, writing the scores to three landmark musicals-- "Company", "Follies" and "A Little Night Music". ALNM was a financial success and an artistic smash-- one of the most perfect marriages of gorgeous score, intelligent and witty book, and superb cast. The original cast album brought legendary producer Goddard Lieberson out of retirement, and the whole piece is like an aural slice of theatre on your CD player. The remastering not only cleans up the (already amazingly clean) sound, but slows down two songs to their original keys ("The Glamorous Life" and "Remember?") and restores one deleted cut ("Night Waltz II").
The actors' performance on this recording is nothing short of ideal. Len Cariou and Glynis Johns lead a remarkable cast through the demanding score. The title refers ironically to Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"-- but musically the score is closer to Ravel's "Valses nobles et sentimentales", with sumptuous melodies and piquant twentieth-century harmonies (Sondheim studied with Milton Babbitt, one of the most avant-garde modern composers of his time). "The Miller's Son" is a masterpiece-- an awe-inspiring song in praise of "Bring on Mr. Right, but in the meantime, bring on Mr. Right-Now!", performed in breathtaking fashion by a fantastic singer (D. Jamin Bartlett).
A fantastic CD. Get it!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miles D. Moore on November 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Has there ever been a greater nonpareil in the American musical theater--or the theater, period--than Stephen Sondheim? Sondheim--protege of Oscar Hammerstein and student of ultra-modern composers such as Milton Babbitt--has spent the last 40 years crafting perfectly integrated, highly personal music comedy-dramas that are called "musicals" only for want of a better classification. The best of his songs are self-contained music dramas, combining bittersweet harmonies and devilishly clever lyrics that suggest a modern-day collaboration between Maurice Ravel and W.S. Gilbert. "A Little Night Music," Sondheim's musical based on Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night," is by any standard one of his finest, and in many ways his most moving. A jaded, cynical yet ultimately optimistic view of love and lust among a group of upper-class, fin-de-siecle Swedes, "A Little Night Music" never fails to ravish us with its breathtakingly crafted, funny-sad songs. There are so many masterpieces in this score that it's hard to single out any--"You Must Meet My Wife," "Liaisons," "Every Day a Little Death," "The Miller's Son," and of course the song from the score that everyone knows, "Send in the Clowns." While "A Little Night Music" really should be seen on the stage to get its full impact--the masterful revival at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 2002 is a case in point--the original cast album from 1973 still serves up the bulk of the pleasures from this wonderful show. Len Cariou, Glynis Johns, Hermione Gingold and a superb cast of singing actors bring the show to glorious life on disc.
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