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Recorded Music

CDs, records, DVDs, downloads, etc.

  1. The Score of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: An Appreciation

    Reference recordings:
    1. Fiddler on the Roof: Original Broadway cast (1964)
    2. Fiddler on the Roof: Broadway revival cast (2004)



    The video above shows the Bottle Dance, highlight of Fiddler on the Roof’s wedding scene and arguably the most famous musical number ever choreographed by the great Jerome Robbins. At the wedding of Tzeitel to Motel, a line of Hasidic Jewish men balance wine bottles atop their
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    Updated Sep-23-2017 at 03:55 by Bellinilover

    Tags: musicals
    Categories
    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. What Makes It Great?: "Nowadays" from CHICAGO

    This is the second entry in my blog series whose title, “What Makes It Great,” is based on that of a now-defunct regular feature of a classical radio station in Washington, DC. The present subject is an iconic Bob Fosse number from the ever-popular John Kander/Fred Ebb musical Chicago: “Nowadays,” first performed on Broadway (in 1975) by Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly and Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart. Having finally been acquitted of murdering her husband in Jazz Age Chicago, Roxie laments that
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    Updated Jan-06-2018 at 21:25 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music , Other
  3. "Anthem" from CHESS: A Comparison of Four Recordings

    One of the most enduring of all theatre songs written in the 1980's has been “Anthem” from the Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus/Tim Rice musical, Chess. Soviet chess grandmaster Anatoly, having just defected to the United States, expresses his heart’s loyalty to the Russia that existed “long before nations’ lines were drawn.” This is the situation and the message of the song that brings Act I of Chess to such a stirring conclusion. The composers of Chess, Andersson and Ulvaeus, are Swedish (formerly
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    Updated Jan-14-2018 at 06:40 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. Michael Crawford, the Singer

    In which I discuss Crawford's talents as a singer and interpreter, with focus on his most famous musical role.


    The Voice

    The Phantom of the Opera is the name of the character Michael Crawford created in both the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical. The music the Phantom sings is challenging, but Crawford’s voice could only seem operatic to someone unused to opera singers. In fact, his voice is very much a “Broadway”
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    Updated Jan-14-2018 at 06:14 by Bellinilover

    Tags: broadway, pop, tenors
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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Singers , Recorded Music
  5. A Tenor on Broadway

    A Tenor on Broadway:
    An Evaluation of Jerry Hadley's CD Standing Room Only

    Jerry Hadley (1952-2007) was a rare kind of opera tenor. Famous at the Metropolitan Opera and other major houses in a repertoire that ranged from Mozart, Massenet, and the lighter Verdi roles to Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, he habitually sang songs from Broadway musicals; these songs form a sizable part of his recorded legacy, and in general he sounded completely at home in them. When Leonard
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    Updated Jun-21-2019 at 02:06 by Bellinilover

    Tags: broadway, tenors
    Categories
    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Singers , Opera , Recorded Music
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