8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
BARBRA HITS A HOME RUN,
This review is from: Streisand: Live In Concert (2 CD's) (Audio CD)Like anyone else reading this, I am a huge Barbra fan
and have been since I first saw the "Funny Girl" movie.
For 40 years I've been thrilled, amused, moved, occasion-
ally disappointed, charmed, and awed by her talent.
I saw her in concert in 1994 at Madison Square Garden,
and it was one of the concert thrills of my life. Her
voice still had such power and magnificence, and to
experience it as it actually emanated from her vocal
cords and into my ears was just a dream come true.
After that I never tried to get tickets to see her
again because I knew it could never be better than
that time. BUT, listening to this CD, I regret
not going to see her last year. Is her voice better?
Absolutely not. As has been discussed in the other
reviews, there are signs of aging that you simply
cannot hide. A bit of huskiness in the lower regis-
ter, and those once-effortless high notes require
a lot more effort. There is simply no comparing the
power of her voice 30 years ago with the way she
sounds now. HOWEVER, I think we need to focus on
what her voice still IS. It is still a beautiful
instrument, more expressive than most other singers
out there. That lush Streisand tone has only gotten
richer, IMHO. Such a sound! And what Mother Nature
has diminished has been more than made up for by
the grace, humor and sublime interpretive skills
that Barbra displays now, as much as ever...maybe more.
I wasn't prepared to be so moved by this recording.
It sounds like she's having the time of her life, and
the song selection includes many songs she hasn't
sung in years. The humor and brass of "Down With Love"
and the bittersweet regret of "Have I Stayed Too
Long At The Fair" are just two highlights. (I think
her special guests Il Divo are dreadful, but whatever.)
I also think that this version of "The Way We Were" is
by far her best live one. After all these years, to
breathe new meaning into that old warhorse....well,
that's what we call "art". If you're expecting the
"Broadway Album" voice, you may be disappointed. But
if you want to hear a singer so alive and geniune that
it will give you a lump in your throat, buy this.
It's a keeper. A+!!