Carousel / Alfred Drake & Roberta Peters Sing Leonard Bernstein Soundtrack
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Audio CD, Soundtrack, 27 May 2016
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One of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best loved musicals Carousel is re-imagined in this 1962 studio recording produced by pioneering conductor Enoch Light and featuring musical direction and choral arrangements by leading Broadway orchestrator Jay Blackton. This unique interpretation features an all star cast led by Alfred Drake and Roberta Peters alongside Claramae Turner (reprising her on-screen role of Nettie Fowler), Lee Venora, Norman Treigle and Jon Cain. The album was recorded on 35mm magnetic film, producing a rich and fulfilling musical experiences while preserving a dynamic sense of theatrical realism and sonic intensity. The CAROUSEL recording is coupled with highlights from Alfred Drake and Roberta Peters follow up album produced by Enoch Light, celebrating the songbook of Leonard Bernstein and featuring songs from 'West Side Story', 'On The Town', 'Wonderful Town' and 'Candide'. Both recordings make their debut on CD and have been digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel tape. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.
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The original Carousel LP contained as much music as one could expect on an LP and sung better than previously. The presence of Roberta Peters, Claramae Turner and Norman Treigle (quite superb as Jigger) assured an operatic approach but the soaring melodies of this work are suited to this..Especially touching is Peters in 'What's the Use of Wondering', an undervalued song and yet possibly the finest. Everything is put over with enthusiasm (read the notes!) and sung in tune. Not the case in other versions.
As a remarkable bonus, Stage Door offer Roberta Peters and Alfred Drake in songs by Bernstein . They had to leave off one of the original numbers, 'Gee, Officer Krupke'. Pity. It would have been interesting to see what Drake made of this, especially since he does 'Best of All Possible Worlds' quite amusingly. A revelation is 'I Feel Pretty', the lyrics of which Sondheim himself later criticised. Peters sings it with refreshing lightness. A highly recommended disc.
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Alfred Drake is simply magnificent. Once of the most beautifully sung renditions of Billy I ever heard. Peters sounds particularly lovely as she is singing mostly in her middle voice which had a very warm quality. Crain, Venora and Turner are wonderful and Norman Treigle (also in a fairly rare recording) is luxury casting. The "filler" material is also very enjoyable.
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