The Essential Stephen Sondheim
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Masterworks Broadway proudly adds Stephen Sondheim to the acclaimed The Essential series from Sony Music. Definitive, career-spanning and comprehensive, The Essential series features the biggest hits and best-loved songs from the most famous names in music history. The Essential Stephen Sondheim encompasses songs from the iconic artist s long and storied Broadway career, from West Side Story through Passion, and also includes important works from his forays in television and film. The 2-CD set features the following songs from Sondheim s most beloved musicals:
West Side Story - America, Tonight and Somewhere
Gypsy - Everything s Coming Up Roses and You Gotta Have a Gimmick
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Comedy Tonight
Anyone Can Whistle - Anyone Can Whistle and Everybody Says Don t
Do I Hear a Waltz? - Do I Hear a Waltz?
Evening Primrose - I Remember Sky
Company - Another Hundred People, The Ladies Who Lunch and Being Alive
Follies - Broadway Baby, I m Still Here and Losing My Mind
A Little Night Music - A Weekend in the Country and Send in the Clowns
Pacific Overtures Pretty Lady
Sweeney Todd Pretty Women and A Little Priest
Merrily We Roll Along - Not a Day Goes By and Old Friends
Sunday in the Park with George - Sunday and Move On
Into the Woods - Agony and Children Will Listen
Dick Tracy - Sooner or Later
Assassins - Unworthy of Your Love
Passion - Loving You
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.9 x 5.6 x 0.39 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Masterworks Broadway
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
- Date First Available : January 6, 2016
- Label : Masterworks Broadway
- ASIN : B019GTOBNC
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,860 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Sondheim's earliest success, "West Side Story", featuring death and rape via gang wars, pushed the envelope. His masterpiece of murderous mayhem "Sweeney Todd" ripped the envelope wide open. "Assassins", offering a disturbing history lesson about the dark side of the American dream not found in any school textbook, threw all "the rules" away.
From "West Side Story" to "Sweeney Todd" to "Assassins", it's all here and much more. You'll hear Ethel Merman, as Mama Rose (the "stage mother from Hell") in "Gypsy" rip through "Everything's Coming Up Roses". You'll feel the urban angst as the characters in "Company" struggle with making personal connections in our increasingly depersonalized society. The selections from "Company" include Elaine Stritch's iconic, astringent performance of "Ladies Who Lunch", and Dean Jones' heartbreaking original performance of "Being Alive".
And it is a revelation to hear once again, Glynis John's rueful and delicate original recording of "Send In The Clowns" from "A Little Night Music", Sondheim's romantic musical for adults.
Also included are gems from shows like "Anyone Can Whistle", "Pacific Overtures", and "Merrily We Roll Along"; shows that, for various reasons, are artistically rewarding but were not critical or commercial successes; as well as songs from Sondheim's forays into TV ("Evening Primrose") and film ("Dick Tracy").
Critical and commercial success has never been what Sondheim is going for. Sondheim does NOT write "escapist musicals." If "escapist Broadway" is your bag, go to Jerry Herman's "Hello Dolly!" or "Mame." Sondheim's only "musical comedy" is "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum." I suppose "Into The Woods" could be considered more "accessible to general audiences." But even in "The Woods", fairy tale characters struggle with dark issues and difficult lessons to learn. Sondheim's musicals show us, and make us feel, the angst, the confusions, the mixed up complexities, and, YES, the rewards in truly Being Alive. This CD set provides ample proof that Sondheim is a Genius; Yes, he is A GOD of musical theatre.