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  • Audio CD (20 Jan. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00006JP2C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Recorded live at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, Sings Sondheim is an extensive tribute to Stephen Sondheim. Backed only by Paul Ford on piano, Mandy Patinkin gets through nearly three dozen songs penned by the Broadway master. Some are obvious (excerpts from Sunday in the Park with George, in which the singer created the title role), others less so ("If You Can Find Me I'm Here" from Evening Primrose). Patinkin is often mocked for his shivering falsetto, but here it's actually when his voice explores a lower register that it falters. What's more interesting is when he tackles songs usually sung by women, such as Follies' "Broadway Baby" and Company's "Another Hundred People" and "You Could Drive a Person Crazy"--the latter hammed up so much that you can hear the chewing of the scenery. A distinctively mannered interpreter, Patinkin remains an acquired taste, but his fans will be in heaven with this set. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2002
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This was the first CD of Patinkin I had purchased. I love Sondheim's work and therefore I really looked forward to receiving it.
Patinkin's voice is excellent. The accompaniment is excellent. But I had a problem with the format. It's all voice and piano. There's no orchestral build up. And the songs run into one another. It is indeed possible to become bored and find it all sounds the same (apart from the songs with which I am very familiar).
I'd loved to have loved it. I liked it...just. And it's not going to have as much time on my CD player as I expected.
Absolutely excellent performance, but could it have done with more variety of sound.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. EXETER on 18 Jun. 2012
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I cannot disagree with the other reviews more vehemently?!

This is exactly what I was hoping from this Nonesuch release, simply Mandy, the piano and Sondheim.

After constantly listening to the "Mamaloshen" CD and the original Broadway cast recording of "Sunday in the Park with George" I wanted to hear Patinkin's voice sing more of Sondheim's songs.

This is an intimate and extremely personal recording and I love it *exactly* for all the reasons others seem to have found to hate.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr George. E. Shaw on 31 Jan. 2012
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If I were Stephen Sondheim I would never allow Mandy Patinkin to sing any of my songs again. I as you can see hated this recording. I don't want to give it even one star.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not for everyone but... 22 Nov. 2002
By Michael D. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt that Mandy is an acquired taste -- his falsetto can drive some crazy (and not in a good way), and he can chew more vocal scenery than Ethel Merman at her worse.

Yet there is no denying that he is immensely entertaining to listen to for those of us who have taken the time to appreciate him. It helps that he is adventurous to the point of fearless when it comes to his concept albums (and every one of his personal albums is a concept album). Whether it's singing kids songs for adults, or an entire score in Yiddish, Mandy seemingly has no regard for commerciality, and we the listeners nearly always benefit. In this particular case, it's his first live album, but that's not the real point: the concept here is just him, a piano, and the wonderful tunes of Sondheim.

Mandy has sung a lot of Sondheim before, and covered a lot of relatively obscure Sondheim tunes not otherwise available. He covers some of that same ground here. As well he makes extensive use of one of his fortes, the extended (and unusual) medley. And even when it's not one per se, every song here seems part of one long extended medley showcasing the most influential and prolific composer Broadway has ever seen.

Mandy and Sondheim. For many of us it doesn't get any better than this.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Wish I could have been at this concert! 3 Nov. 2002
By Arlene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Imagine singing your heart out for almost 2 hours with only an upright piano for accompaniment and a few well-deserved breaks for thunderous applause. This is the back drop for Mandy Patinkin's love letter to Sondheim. Several of the songs have been recorded previously by Patinkin (Lesson #8; When?; Someone Is Waiting; Finishing the Hat; If You Can Find Me, I'm Here; Beautiful; Sunday...), but not as simply and beautifully as this. Patinkin is at his animated and artistic best in front of a live audience. Wish I could have been at this concert, but I am happily content with this masterful 2-disc CD.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sondheim recital 21 Jan. 2007
By Robert E. Finley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Probably the best way to approach these disks is to treat them like a recital in a concert hall. Rather as you would listen to a Schubert or Schumann song cycle. Taken together this way, we come to hear Sondheim as one of our finest composers, serious, comic, manic, depressive, always dead on target no matter what the subject matter. And Patinkin is perfect for these songs; he understands the meaning and value of every note and every word, just as a fine concert singer would do, and he makes his listeners understand, too. One of the most intriguing concept albums in recent memory, and a joy all the way through. Bob Finley, Palm Springs, CA.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It's alright 20 Nov. 2002
By Eric L. Magnus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a "Mandy-head", but neither do I hate his style of singing. I've always admired Mandy's passion for music, and this generous two-disc set is no exception.
The only disc of Patinkin's I cannot bear to listen to is "Mamaloshen"...it provides the worst possibly opportunity for Mandy to overindulge in oversinging. As with every other disc, Mandy's song choice is impeccable, and I can't argue with most of his interpretive choices...although I've never understood why he feels the need to scream and shout so much. My only questions about this particular recording are...Why this particular order of songs? Why the medley format? I'm not sure I understand how the struture related to Sondheim's career, or indeed, what it was attempting to indicate. There were no songs chosen that were written after "Dick Tracy"...nothing from 1991-2002. Reason? I don't know.
Mandy's voice sounds very odd in the first half of the first act. It has an odd wobble in it, as if he isn't quite in control of his instrument. It sound like the voice of a much, much older man. Once he finally belts, (I think it is on the song "Finishing the Hat") it seems as if all the vocal adhesions are broken and his voice is finally warmed up enough to control. Did he not warm up properly before the show? Why would Nonesuch accept this second rate sound in the first half of this concert?
I hesitantly recommend this set to Sondheim fans...Patinkin fans will buy it anyway. It is really an individual choice as to whether or not to buy this one. But this would not be my choice of a quintessential overview of Sondheim's work. Paul Ford on piano is, as always, the unsung hero of Patinkin's recordings. He is a master at following the always unpredictable performances of Patinkin.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sondheim.... sung well. 25 Sept. 2007
By So many books, so little time. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
People who cannot appreciate the wit and beauty of Sondheim's songs and Patinkin's joyous renditions of them should refrain from writing reviews on this album. This is my favorite album of Patinkin's and his interpretations of Sondheim's songs are priceless...he seams to relish every clever phrase and beautiful chorus. Some of my favorite songs include "Free" from Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum, Patinkin captures the pain of slavery and the joy of being free, and it's funny too. "Beautiful" from Sunday in the Park with George and "Sunday" from the same. Because of this album I have found a much deeper appreciation for Sondheim's songs...what a wonderful thing to have.
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