The Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion

The Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion

by Barbara Cook

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Overview

Recorded live at New York's posh Cafe Carlyle, THE CHAMPION SEASON - a swell salute to musical director and choreographer Gower Champion -- is the latest from today's preeminent custodian of the Broadway songbook. Possessed of a lustrous and seemingly imperishable golden soprano, Barbara Cook can stir your heart with "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," and then irrepressibly cheer you with "About A Quarter To Nine." No barrier exists between her and the listener: when she torches Jerry Herman's "Time Heals Everything" from MACK AND MABEL, the heartbreak becomes true and nearly palpable; when she muses Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, it's both utterly romantic and wistfully longing. Her voice floats "They Were You" from THE FANTASTICKS ever so gently over Wally Harper's keyboard to close on a winsome note. Cook's warmth and artistry, which inevitably set audiences to beaming, cast the same special spell on this recording.

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