Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall [Highlights]

Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall [Highlights]

by Paul Gemignani



This album is an abridged version of a two-CD recording of a benefit concert for Carnegie Hall performed at the hall on June 10, 1992 and featuring the American Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Paul Gemignani, supporting a variety of soloists doing songs written by Stephen Sondheim for Broadway musicals and films. As several anthologies of Sondheim's work and tributes to him have been recorded in the past, the organizers weren't able to find much new in the composer's catalog, and they have settled for sometimes gimmicky arrangements of his familiar songs. Nevertheless, many of the performances are strong, and the stars are many: Glenn Close ("Send in the Clowns"), Madeline Kahn ("I'm Not Getting Married Today"), Patti Lupone ("Being Alive"), Liza Minnelli (the sole new song, "Back in Business"), and Bernadette Peters ("Not a Day Goes By") are standouts, but the cream of Broadway is represented. Also, it's worth noting that, while the album may be a disappointment to die-hard Sondheim fans, newcomers not familiar with this material may well be bowled over by its quality. Sondheim is Broadway's top contemporary composer, and this album demonstrates that as well as any. (Also available as a video, which actually works better, given that some of the numbers have strong visual elements.)

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/1993
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0090266151622
catalogNumber: 61516

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Gemignani   Primary Artist,Conductor
Liza Minnelli   Vocals,Track Performer
Boys Choir of Harlem   Track Performer,Vocal Ensemble
Billy Stritch   Vocals
Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Betty Buckley   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Hadley   Vocals,Track Performer
Patti LuPone   Vocals,Track Performer
James Naughton   Vocals,Track Performer
Martin Agee   Violin
Dave Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Doug Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Abe Appleman   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Mike Berkowitz   Drums
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
John Campo   Woodwind
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Gayle Dixon   Violin
Harvey Estrin   Woodwind
David Gale   Trumpet
John Gale   Trombone
Joanna Glushak   Choir, Chorus
Ira Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Michael Jeter   Vocals,Track Performer
Scott Kuney   Guitar
Ann Leathers   Violin
Batia Lieberman   Cello
Richard Locker   Cello
Lois Martin   Viola
Robert Millikan   Trumpet
John Moses   Woodwind
Suzanne Ornstein   Concert Master
Joe Passaro   Percussion
Eugene Perry   Vocals,Track Performer
Clay Ruede   Cello
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin
Scott   Woodwind
Ron Sell   French Horn
Mark Orrin Shuman   Cello
Mitchell Stern   Violin
Sander Strenger   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Mitsue Takayama   Viola
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Harolyn Blackwell   Vocals,Track Performer
Ann Labin   Violin
Robert Botti   Woodwind
Anthony Cecere   French Horn
Madeline Kahn   Vocals,Track Performer
Lauren Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Dean Plank   Trombone
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
B. Thomas   Track Performer
American Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Susan Cella   Choir, Chorus
Paul Ford   Keyboards
Joy Franz   Choir, Chorus
Maureen Moore   Vocals
John Adams   Choir, Chorus
Alva Hunt   Woodwind
Alexander Vselensky   Violin
David Bakamjian   Cello
Beth Robinson   Harp
Richard Hagen   French Horn
Daniel Culpepper   French Horn
Pamela Khoury   Choir, Chorus
Eddie Korbich   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Pakman   Violin
Susan Terry   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Glenn Close   Vocals,Track Performer
Ronald Arron   Viola
John Jellison   Choir, Chorus
Robert DuSold   Choir, Chorus
Sally Wilfert   Choir, Chorus
George Lee Andrews   Vocals,Track Performer
Jason Robert Brown   Performing Ensemble
Tonics   Vocal Ensemble
Blythe Walker   Vocals
Mark Jacoby   Vocals,Track Performer
Ensemble   Track Performer
Jon Weiner   Choir, Chorus
Monica M. Wemitt   Choir, Chorus
K. Anderson   Track Performer
Peter Kapetan   Choir, Chorus
Larry Cahn   Choir, Chorus
Peter Blanchet   Vocals
Herbert Perry   Vocals,Track Performer
Jeanne Lehman   Vocals,Track Performer
Bronwyn Thomas   Vocals
Jeanine Morick   Choir, Chorus
Michael Paternostro   Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Brody   Choir, Chorus
Broadway Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Michael Roth   Violin
Back in Business Ensemble   Ensemble
Ron Baker   Vocals
Loveland Ensemble   Ensemble
Beverly Lambert   Vocals
Carol Meyer   Vocals
Kevin Anderson   Vocals
Daisy Egan   Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Kelley   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Billy Stritch   Vocal Arrangements
John Bowen   Assistant Post Production
Don Sebesky   Orchestration
Paul Gemignani   Director,Production Concept
David Hewitt   Engineer
Peter Howard   Dance Arrangement
Jay David Saks   Producer
Michael Starobin   Orchestration
David Thompson   Liner Notes
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Jonathan   Orchestration
Gail Martin   Assistant Management
American Theatre Orchestra   Contributor
Bill King   Engineer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
David Loud   Vocal Arrangements
Beth Robinson   Contributor
David Jaunai   Assistant Post Production
Susan Stroman   Production Concept
Jason Robert Brown   Orchestration
Tonics   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Robert Wratten   Contributor
Otts Munderloh   Sound Design
Ann Yocum   Contributor
Scott Ellis   Production Concept
Pam Bartella   Assistant Post Production
Michael Aron   Logo Design
Arturo E. Porazzi   Production Stage Manager
Mireya Hepner   Assistant Management
Debora Porazzi   Assistant Management
John X. Fernandez   Stage Design
Bill King   Location Sound
Ken Marsolais   Executive Producer
Joseph J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Arturo Porazzi   Production Stage Manager
Gail Martin Henry   Assistant Management

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Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall [Highlights] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this on a whim the first time. Loaned it to a friend 2 YEARS AGO and haven't seen it since. Keep your hands on your copy!!! Madeline Kahn is wonderful, and who thought Glenn Close could sing!?