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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B003SPJ4C4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 'My name is Stephen Joshua Sondheim...', - Various Performers
2. Invocation / Forget War, - Various Performers
3. Love Is in the Air, - Various Performers
4. Comedy Tonight, - Various Performers
5. Take Me to the World, - Various Performers
6. 'Ten years after I was born...', - Various Performers
7. Talent / When I Get Famous, - Various Performers
8. Something's Coming, - Various Performers
9. 'My first professional show...', - Various Performers
10. So Many People, - Various Performers
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. God, - Barbara Cook
2. 'If you ask me to write a love song...', - Barbara Cook
3. Losing My Mind / Not a Day Goes By, - Barbara Cook
4. 'A lot of people think...', - Barbara Cook
5. Opening Doors, - Barbara Cook
6. 'We had three endings to Company...', - Barbara Cook
7. Multitudes of Amys, - Barbara Cook
8. Happily Ever After, - Barbara Cook
9. Being Alive, - Barbara Cook
10. Something Just Broke, - Barbara Cook
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

Hailed by the Associated Press as 'a revelatory revue full of wonderful moments' and by USA Today as a 'funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist,' SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words... and music. An all-star cast headed by Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat takes on new arrangements of over two-dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with audio commentary by the composer himself, who reveals fascinating details about his life and his art. Stephen Sondheim's final word on his unparalleled body of work has been preserved by PS Classics in this lavish two-disc set. SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, which played Broadway in a limited run from 19 March to 27 June 2010, starred Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott. The production was conceived & directed by James Lapine, with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The two-disc set is produced by PS Classics co-founder, Tommy Krasker, who has twelve Sondheim cast albums to his credit, including the current Broadway production of A Little Night Music, and Roundabout Theatre Company's productions of Assassins and Pacific Overtures. PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin, and Alan D. Marks and Stephen Moore, of The Marks-Moore Group, will serve as Executive Producers. Although millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. A cast of Broadway's best performed brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. The SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM creative team included David Loud (Music Direction & Arrangements), Michael Starobin (Orchestrations) and Dan Knechtges (Musical Staging).

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a revelatory revue full of wonderful moments. --Associated Press

funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist. --USA Today

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KJ on 15 Sept. 2010
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I'm been waiting to hear this since Sondheim talked about it during an interview with Jeremy Sams at the NT early this year and I've not been disappointed. Inspired by David Kernan's show 'Moving On' that was staged at the Bridwell Theatre to celebrate Sondheim's 70th Birthday, this uses his own observations on his life and career to "hang" the songs on so we hear some un-expected lyrics to well known numbers, including a whole new take on 'Not Getting Married Today' from 'Company', that present them in a new light. We also get fresh takes on old friends, probably the best being (or should I say my favourite) Barbara Cook and Tom Wopat's 'You Could Drive a Person Crazy'. The new song 'God' is, as already mentioned, a Sondheim gem being based around comments made about, and overheard by, him. Indispensible for anyone interested in 20th Century musical theatre and self recommending for Sondheim freaks of which I count myself, unashamably, one of the worst. Thanks god, and when is it opening in London (preferably with Judi Dench if Ms Cook can't come)?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MPB on 3 Sept. 2010
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Yes, it's arrived & the wait is over! The new song 'God' which opens the second act of this brilliant compilation show from James Lapine is worth the price of the CD alone; listen and enjoy. Some numbers from the show have been lost through presumably time constraints on this recording, but what remains are in the main new arrangements and top notch performances. The icing(s) on the cake are, of course, the anecdotes and introductions from the Master himself - insightful, life affirming, personal and open. Race for your copy and celebrate the genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2011
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Sondheim at eighty. Another revue, this one extra special. The great man himself narrates, courtesy of video (he preferring to be set upon by wolves than appear on stage himself).

The result is a joy - frank, witty and moving. Anecdotes are interwoven with his songs, words given a fresh slant because of their new context. Barbara Cook heads the singers who do Sondheim proud, the revue a veritable succession of highlights. There are lots of laughs too ("God", especially written for the occasion; "The Wedding Is Off"; "Franklin Shepard, Inc."; and the only number Sondheim declares autobiographical, "Opening Doors"). There are surprises. The show of which Sondheim is most proud and regards as incapable of improvement? "Assassins" - represented here chillingly by "The Gun Song".

Immensely personal and revealing, Sondheim tells how much he needs to work with people - they become like a family. He himself had been an only child, the early years dire - his mother monstrous and loathed. His saviour was Oscar Hammerstein - substitute father and revered mentor. Without Hammerstein, Sondheim would never have achieved what he has. That touching anecdote at the end emphasizes the bond.

What with this revue and that memorable 2010 Proms special, the eightieth birthday has been celebrated most worthily. The recording ranks as a MUST BUY for all his admirers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Lovett on 23 Dec. 2010
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I am a Sondheim addict. I found Sondheim by chance in 1990 when over Christmas, 2 of his musicals were on TV. ("Into the Woods" and "Sunday in the Park with George"). These two musicals defied any idea of "a musical" I had ever experienced before. As a singer, I find his lyrics ironic, witty, humorous and full of emotional truth. His work is highly original and over 50 years, he has produced musicals of amazing variety, subtlety and sophistication. This CD is exceptional in that alongside some of his most striking songs, we have Sondheim himself talking about the creative process and how the commercial musical theatre impacts on what songs get written. The CD gives you the chance to accompany Sondheim on a musical autobiography. It's a "must have" for any afficionados.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tin Lizzie on 27 Oct. 2011
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It's not often that one laughs out loud on a musical cd, but the the song 'God' had me chuckling with glee. What a brilliant and witty lyric. Sondheim can laugh at himself thank goodness.
Other wonderful revelations were the new scoring of 'Something's Coming' from West Side. It made the song sound new and fresh with a nod to Brian Wilson maybe or the Four Freshmen with the close harmony. How great to hear Barbara Cook singing as well as ever. No one soars like her, or brings such tender melancholy to a song.
If you are a Sondheim fan, you have to have this album. To hear his commentary in between tracks makes you feel as if you are sharing a one to one with the great man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Bought This on 24 Jun. 2011
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Sondheim revues aren't exactly thin on the ground - the concept took flight back in the 70s with "Side by Side" but this new recording is an absolutely top-drawer addition. For a start, the performances are pitch-perfect; it seems all involved resist the temptation to over-emote and instead offer cool, balanced readings of some of Mr Sondheim's finest songs, and not necessarily the most well-known. The addition of Barbara Cook to the mix is a splendid notion - her wise, deeply felt interpretations of Sondheim's work are always to be cherished. But the other performers are also marvellous, and every song glows with life and freshness (not easy to achieve in a year which has seen a glut of tributes to this most revered composer).

Sondheim's commentary throughout is a joy, his rather wry sense of humour and his apparent delight in explaining his ideas and motives coming over very well. A final bonus: the orchestrations are simply gorgeous, making special use of a pithy string section which adds to the pensive, probing nature of Mr Sondheim's work.
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