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Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall Live
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But for some reason, the song "Making Love Alone" is no longer included. It was there on the first pressing, but somehow it's disappeared! It's a song about, well....masturbation, and it was written especially for Bernadette when she hosted Saturday Night Live. Needless to say, she sings it incomparably (for some reason, the song also never seems to have been published in sheet music form).
So, if you've been looking forward to hearing Brenadette sing this song, know that the current issue of this CD does not include it.
Perhaps if enough of us complain to Angel/EMI, this situation will be rectified...
This CD is a fantastic recording of her sold-out concert. The songs are interspersed with amusing stories -- Bernadette Peters is the consummate performer. With her classic breathy-yet-full tonal quality, she gives new life to these songs. From her coy rendering of "Broadway Baby" to the Ethel-Merman-worthy version of "Some People" to the somewhat bawdy "Making Love Alone" (not listed in the track listing for some reason), Bernadette Peters is in top form. It's really a treat to listen to her.
All of the songs on this CD are enjoyable. But, it is when one of Broadway's best singers takes on Broadway's best composer that the CD becomes really stunning. She performs some of Sondheim's best songs, from "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods," "Sunday in the Park with George," "Company" and even the movie "Dick Tracy." The highlight for me has to be her performance of one of my favorite Sondheim songs: Being Alive.
This CD is excellent from opening to closing rounds of applause.
Most of the SJS songs Bernadette Peters sings on this album are either definitive versions, or when they are too different from how they were written, they are at least handled with such skill that it doesn't matter to a SJS purist like me.
My advice is to get the actual cast recordings first, to experience the songs in their real context, then expand the collection with this incredibly good album.
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Bernadette Peters is an accomplished Broadway musical performer and actress. My first introduction to her was the television show "All's Fair" with Richard Crenna. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles - Music Lover
Good recording of a live show. Not as precise as a studio recording, but a good album nonetheless.Published 7 months ago by Stan Eissinger
Bernadette Peters is one of my favorite singers because she interprets the lyrics with sincere emotion. I was fortunate to see her in Gypsy on broadway some years ago. A delight! Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Maurer
Wonderful music!!! You can't get any better of a talent than Bernadette Peters. This CD contains wonderful entertainment by Bernadette - you won't be disappointed if you want... Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. Brandes
WOW! She's quite a performer. Saw her recently in Ft Worth and this DVD is the next best thing to being there live. Read morePublished 19 months ago by KC Black
Good listening from Broadway's Best...Ms. Burnadette Peters!Published 20 months ago by Charles F. Allen Jr.
I can't think of enough words of praise for Bernadette Peters. She's the perfect entertainer. The only problem with live performances are the time wasted on applause and... Read morePublished on September 19, 2014 by Marian Goodich