I admit to being a little dubious before purchasing this recording: having heard the marvellous original cast albums of Sondheim's work (including the beautiful orchestrations of Jonathan Tunick) I was concerned that this album's setup might not deliver. This proved, however, to be a vain worry. This is an extremely fine and well-conceived exploration of the theatre's finest musical dramatist. The cast do great justice to a very well-chosen programme of Sondheim's work up to and including "Pacific Overtures". They are very individual performers, each contributing something special to the proceedings. Kernan possesses a glorious voice, warm and extremely sensitive. His rendition of the highly evocative "I Remember" would be hard to better; he also shows great skill in his gay version of "Could I Leave You" which has never sounded funnier. Julia McKenzie, showing ample evidence of her claim to being England's premier Sondheim interpreter, gives an extremely well thought-out version of "Broadway Baby", and her "Losing My Mind" is magic. Perhaps my personal favourite of these fine performers on this occasion is Millicent Martin, who shows a remarkable range of emotional attack, from an hilarious "The Boy From..." to a beautiful "Send In The Clowns" to a wonderfully dry and bare "I'm Still Here". Throughout all this fun, the two pianists give great support; in many ways, the spare accompaniament allows Sondheim's tremendous lyrics to shine through with uneuqalled clarity. All in all, do not miss this set. It's worth buying just for "Pretty Lady". Gorgeous.