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Cleo Sings Sondheim [Import]

Cleo Laine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Silver Sounds
  • ASIN: B000002WBI
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Everybody Says Don't (From "Anyone Can Whistle")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Losing My Mind (From "Follies")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ah! But Underneath (From "Follies, 1987")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Remember (From "Evening Primrose")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Liaisons (From " A Little Night Music")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. You Could Drive a Person Crazy (From "Company")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Not While I'm Around (From "Sweeney Todd")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Ladies Who Lunch (From "Company")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Send in the Clowns (From "A Little Night Music")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Little Things You Do Together (From "Company")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Anyone Can Whistle (From "Anyone Can Whistle")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I'm Calm (From "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. No One Is Alone (From "Into the Woods)Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Miller's Son (From "A Little Night Music")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Not a Day Goes By (From "Merrily We Roll Along")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I'm Still Here (From "Follies")Cleo Laine;Jonathan Tunick 5:330.99  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Sondheim songbook collection 11 Jun 2001
By Roger Rebec VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album has been in the catalogue for a long time now and deservedly so. Cleo goes to the heart of the material and understands that the best way to interpret it is to simply sing what Sondheim has written without gilding the lily with superfluous " interpretation". Jonathan tunick's orchestration stay very close to the originals - mostly his anyway. The whole allbum is beautifully recorded and presented. Fans of Cleo and Sondheim should have this in their collections already. Anyone who feels a bit shy of the material or of the performer shouldn't hesitate. The songs are tuneful with witty lyrics and the performances match them to perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Partnership made in Heaven 11 May 2014
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This is a magical combination of the genius of the greatest composer/lyricist in modern musical theatre and the unique warmth and skill of one of Britain's outstanding singers of the last 40 years. The selection of titles is inspired and the arrangements are all perfectly suited to the material. I cannot recommend this CD too highly; every time I listen to it, it brings a broad smile to my face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great jazz singer and superb wordsmith/composer 30 Sep 2013
By Ann
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This is an exceptional combination of two people at the peak of their tallent - have recommend it to everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars She could sing a shopping list 26 July 2013
By Mr C
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Cleo could sing a shopping list and it would sound brilliant (and Stephen Sondheim would write a great one for her I'm sure). I have had this album on vinyl for many, many years - I'm so pleased to now have a much more accessible (mp3) version to listen to too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A meeting of two great artists 11 Feb 2000
By m.nell@rf.roccadefinance.nl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have owned this CD since its initial release in 1988, when a friend bought it for me in America. Already both a Sondheim and a Cleo Laine fan, I fell on it like the proverbial ton of bricks and for weeks it never left my CD player for any length of time. Twelve years later it is still one of the most remarkable musical collaborations I have ever heard (I'm listening to it again, as I write). Jonathan Tunick's arrangements are impeccable, his orchestra plays superbly, the recorded sound is close to perfection, but they really are just the sugar on top of a perfect confection. Sondheim is a genius - few people can argue that - and in Cleo Laine he has found a rare fellow genius who can truly justify his own. The lyrics are at least eighty percent of his appeal and, with her famous "hot potato in mouth" diction Cleo does them more than justice. Has anybody ever noticed that the correct line from "Losing my mind" is "Spend sleepless nights to thing about you" and not "and think about you"? The many "standards" presented here all come off superbly, as do the the lesser-heard numbers, like the excerpts from "Anyone can whistle" (when is this going to be revived?). Superbly subtle, gloriously outrageous, immensely satisfying, this is a collection which should grace any.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleo at her finest tackling some of Sondheim's finest 28 April 2000
By Simon Cross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great Cleo Laine album.
Recorded in 1988, Cleo took a selection of Stephen Sondheim's work from a number of his shows. The songs date back to 1962's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, through to a song written for the 1987 London production of Follies. Cleo uses the songs to cover a variety of characters and styles, expressing her versatility in no uncertain terms.
Highlights for me: Liaisons; No One Is Alone; The Miller's Son; I'm Still Here - the slower songs basically.
My one regret about this collection is that Cleo missed the golden opportunity of recording One More Kiss with her daughter, Jacqueline Dankworth. That's a minor regret though, on a very good album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 3 April 2004
By groucho - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dame Cleo Laine must be in her late 70s now, although this album was recorded in 1988. It is in her jazz and theatre work that she best demonstrates her vast range and pyrotechnical abilities, actually touching high B-flat in one version of the song "Music" and was registered as reaching a note higher than B in her live version of "Being Alive" in Carnegie Hall.

"Cleo Sings Sondheim" did not showcase those stratospheric vocal flights except in some instances where the song calls for that, but her burnished lower registers and her storytelling technique in songs are what separate her from other singers. She can tell the story of a woman slowly unhinged in "Losing My Mind" or vamp up a Follies tune "I Am Here" with the insouciance of an experienced woman. She can then revisit songs overly recorded like "Send in the Clowns" and vastly and differently remove us from the unforgettable versions of Marti Webb, Sarah Vaughan and even Glenn Close's heartbreaking live performance. She can locate a moment of barely contained hysteria in "I'm Calm" and do a rapid-fire vocalese of "Everybody Says Don't" that has all the technical skill and precision of a newly cranked Ferrari.
Sondheim songs are difficult to sing because of the theatrical demands imposed upon a singer who should act the songs rather than sing beautifully with detachment. That is why very few singers ever do Sondheim or when they do, there are performers who do them better justice than others. I single out Ute Lemper because of her profound understanding of the darkness in these songs. I can imagine Holly Cole doing a Sondheim song too and deconstruct it the way Patricia Barber does but none of the postmodern lapses of the latter. Surprisingly, those who were touted as Sondheim "interpreters" did not move me much, like Bernadette Peters and Barbara Cook. But I was awed by non-singers like Glenn Close who managed to see the melancholy and pessimism of his songs and bring them out much better than trained singers.
Cleo Laine's album of Sondheim-niana is a very good place to start, but then there is no accounting for personal tastes and a listener is always finding things in songs than others. But this is as good as any Sondheim tribute albums out in the market.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A night in theater! 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful idea - matching Dame Cleo with Sondheim and Tunnick! Not surprisingly, actually - Cleo has already quitte experience in theatre (there was a musical written specially for her) but was surprises me is the passion she invest in this album.The well known songs, so wonderfully arranged and orchetsrated are given breath-taking performance by this unbelievable jazz singer and good actress!There is a song ("No one is alone") that later could be heard as a dueth with her daughter on "The very best of".I have a impression that Dame had very good time while recording this!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best interpreter of Sondheim songs 10 Jun 2003
By JLF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered Cleo Laine in the recording of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". She is not one of those typical big belters Broadway currently mass-producing. The arrangement of sondheim songs here are quite dated. However, the saving factor is the interpretation of Cleo Laine. She knows the beats of the Sondheim songs. Hearing her version of "I Remember", and even "I'm Calm", one could not help but wonder on the approach and motivation. The attacks are very simple but honest. Not one of those typical "being" actors attack wielded by current singers. Interesting songs here are "Anyone Can Whistle", "I Remember" and "I'm Calm". For Sondheim fans, this is the definitive songbook.
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