Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars

Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars



Never mind the "dreams" part of the title: Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars is just flat-out unexpected, and rather unprecedented. The album is a benefit record for "Music Matters," an educational program of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the idea is this: pair selected musicians from the Philharmonic with various celebrities who are singing a variety of ballads and lullabies. Since the arrangements don't feature the full Philharmonic, they're neither lush nor overblown; they're rather sleepy and spare, providing a gentle bed for actors who are, by and large, not known for their singing. Sure, there are a few actors who have done musical theater or have appeared in movie musicals -- and, in the case of John Stamos, toured with the Beach Boys -- but even so, Ewan McGregor and John C. Reilly, who both acquit themselves well, aren't the first names to pop to mind when you think of singing actors. Nor are Scarlett Johansson (a lush version of "Summertime" that escapes being sultry), Xena the Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless), Jeremy Irons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nia Vardalos, Teri Hatcher, or Jack and Sidney Bristow (Victor Garber and Jennifer Garner), for that matter -- none are names that would entice casual listeners to give this album a chance, unless these stars wind up with performances that could fit onto the next edition of Golden Throats (also released by Rhino, as it happens). But the actors respond accordingly to the tasteful, understated arrangements, and rarely give embarrassing performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227332822
catalogNumber: 73328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeremy Irons   Vocals
Victor Garber   Vocals
Brian Drake   French Horn
Brad Ellis   Conductor
Ralph Humphrey   Percussion
Mark Kashper   Violin
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Dennis Trembly   Double Bass
Paul Viapiano   Guitar
John Stamos   Vocals
Ewan McGregor   Vocals
Peter Stumpf   Cello
Bing Wang   Violin
Lucy Lawless   Vocals
Eric McCormack   Vocals
Marissa Jaret Winokur   Vocals
Lorin Levee   Clarinet
Elizabeth Cook Shen   French Horn
Christopher Hanulik   Bass
Taraji P. Henson   Vocals
Raynor Carroll   Percussion
Ann Marie Gabriele   Oboe
Catherine Ransom Karoly   Flute
Varty Manouelian   Violin
Joanne Pearce Martin   Piano,Celeste,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Brent Samuel   Cello
Dale Hikawa Silverman   Viola
Lyndon Johnston Taylor   Violin
James Wilt   Trumpet
Scarlett Johansson   Vocals
Jennifer Garner   Vocals
Nia Vardalos   Vocals
Mark Adams   French Horn
Peter Stumpf   Cello
Brent Samuel   Cello
Raynor Carroll   Percussion

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Paul S. Denman   Composer
Brad Ellis   Arranger,Orchestration
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Kevin Gore   Executive Producer
Andrew Hale   Composer
Stuart Matthewman   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Wayne Baruch   Arranger,Producer,Concept,Creation
Sylvia Fine   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Asburn Bernie Miller   Engineer
Charles F. Gayton   Arranger,Producer,Concept,Audio Production,Creation
Eric Vetro   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Concept,Audio Production,Creation
Brad Hall   Composer
Wayne Baruch   Audio Production

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