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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts
  • ASIN: B002HMHSEK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael William Morley on 9 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While some performances are stylish and idiomatic (esp. Barbara Cook, and most surprisngly, Julie Andrews' haunting version of Like It Was), a little of Cleo Laine (over-represented) goes a very long way. There are much better versions from other singers of, for instance, Send in the Clowns, and No One is Alone.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on 6 Feb. 2005
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This album features a range of Sondheim tracks, there is pretty much work from each of his shows.
It is great to find an album that offers a range of this unusual composer's work, he can be offputing and misunderstood given the unusual subject matter of his musicals, Sweeney Todd and Assassins being cases in point. One featuring the story of a murderous London barber from the 19th Century while the other chronicles the "work" of every US Presidencial assassin.
The songs consequently can appear jarring and awkward, filled as they are with angry and base emotion, they won't lull you off to sleep that is for certain. But then the same can be said of the gentler tracks such as the title. There are some fine vocalists here but that rather denegrates his style given that it is not unusaul for actors with no singing ability to be cast in Sondheim works. It seems to add gutsiness to the emotion of the work. Don't expect a gentle 50's / 60's musical extravaganza here. It is a little more challenging, as is the composer, but worth a few visits nonetheless. I have always believd Sondheim's whole message is put music where it is not expected to be. Given that music says so much about the human condition he has to be considered genius to break it free from the frilly and flouncy path it has been forced to tread in other Musical genre's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Valentine on 13 Jun. 2013
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A good selection of Stephen Sondheim songs, sung by various singers. If you want an over all selection of music from his shows this is a recomended CD
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I am enjoying these ballads by a variety of singers. The order of the songs and variety of singers is a bit random, but the rendering of each is excellent.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
An actor's delight: a musician's dream 8 Jan. 2008
By Mary D. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tim Burton's movie version of Sweeney Todd brought back to me just how marvelous Stephen Sondheim's musicality is and what force he has been in the development of musical theatre. I came away from the movie wanting more Sondheim. I found it in Send in the Clowns: The Ballads of Stephen Sondheim. I wanted to hear ballads, songs I could listen to and moon over, to recall just why this music of all theatre music, resonates so well in some of the best of Broadway performers, to hear beauty and depth of feeling. Boy, did this album do the trick.

Not only did I get the best three ballads from Sweeney Todd, I got them with other tracks containing some of the best acting performances I have heard in a long time.

Each ballad is a microcosm of a one-act play and each performance is a mini-lesson in acting, but three of the best are these: Bernadette Peters' "Not a Day Goes By," is an acting lesson in how to build in an out of conflicting emotions in the short span of a song. Mandy Patinkin is almost showing off, he's so good in "Finishing the Hat," a song that has the sharp punctuation of the Pointillist technique of the painter he is playing.

Also worth mentioning in the acting category, is Julie Andrews' quiet and moving "Like it Was."

Barbara Cook is marvelous, as are Cleo Laine's tracks. For sheer listenability, you can get lost in Laine's lush contralto.

And if you need any more reason to get this album, for the theatre student it is a study in musical theatre history.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful songs 6 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Sondheim ballad fan, this a must-have. While there are a few renditions that aren't great (Not a Day Goes By is way overdone), the selections from Follies sung by Barbara Cook are outstanding. The Cleo Laine version of "Send in the Clowns" is lovely and Stephen Collins does an amazing good job on "Sorry-Grateful" from Company. Still, it's the Follies songs that truly shine!
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Sondheim - how can you go wrong? 28 July 2008
By Eileen Flaxman - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting compilation of Sondheim ballads with a great variety of artists - from the incomparable Cleo Laine and Barbara Cook to singers you've never heard of who are equally impressive.
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Send in the Songs! ~ 25 Aug. 2014
By Allen Smalling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Whether he's writing about a reunion of entertainers, a weekend in an upper-crust Swedish country house, or a barber with a lethal razor, no modern composer can beat Stephen Sondheim when it comes to ballads. This delightful anthology, over an hour's worth of listening from previous RCA and RCA Victor releases, should please not only any Sondheim enthusiast but anyone who likes a beautifully written and sung ballad. SEND IN THE CLOWNS: THE BALLADS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM contains 18 of them, drawing from the big shows you'd expect to hear from, but also EVENING PRIMROSE, a made-for-TV musical that aired once in 1966, and SATURDAY NIGHT, Sondheim's first musical that suffered a lack of funding and wasn't produced for the stage until the Nineties. Even though that composition dates from 1955, the Sondheim touch is apparent as Suzanne Henry and Craig Lucas sing "So Many People." Top singers, with three songs apiece, are the enchanting Barbara Cook and the legendary Cleo Laine. All this at a great price, too, with top-notch sound engineering. Thank you, Joe!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful compilation! 30 Aug. 2013
By David R. Nordone - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very important recording for anyone who is a fan of the music of Steven Sondheim. It includes the better known songs and has some more obscure choices as well. All are expertly performed by leading stars of the Broadway stage; in many cases the very ones who introduced the songs.
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