Sweeney Todd Live at the New York Philharmonic
 : Sweeney Todd Live at the New York Philharmonic

from: New York Phil. Special Editions

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0619054185528
Format: Soundtrack
Label: New York Phil. Special Editions
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: New York Phil. Special Editions
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: New York Phil. Special Editions
Release Date: October 18, 2000
Studio: New York Phil. Special Editions

Disc 1:
  1. Prelude
  2. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (George Hearn, Company)
  3. No Place Like London (Davis Gaines, George Hearn, Audra McDonald)
  4. The Worst Pies in London (Patti LuPone)
  5. Poor Thing (Patti LuPone)
  6. Dialogue
  7. My Friends (George Hearn, Patti LuPone)
  8. Green Finch and Linnet Bird (Heidi Grant Murphy)
  9. Ah, Miss (Davis Gaines, Heidi Grant Murphy, Audra McDonald)
  10. Johanna (Davis Gaines)
  11. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir (Neil Ptrick Harris, Company)
  12. The Contest (Sanford Olsen)
  13. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Members of the Company)
  14. Wait (Patti LuPone0
  15. Dialogue
  16. Pirelli's Death (Stanford Olsen)
  17. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Trio: Drew Martin, James Bassi, Michael Lockley)
  18. Johanna (Paul Plishka)
  19. Kiss Me (John Aler, Davis Gaines, Heidi Grant Murphy, Paul Plishka)
  20. Ladies in Their Sensitivities (John Aler, Paul Plishka)
  21. Kiss Me, Part II (Heidi Grant Murphy, Davis Gaines)
  22. Pretty Women (Paul Plishka, George Hearn, Davis Gaines)
  23. Epiphany (George Hearn, Patti LuPone)
  24. A Little Priest (Patti LuPone, George Hearn)
Disc 2:
  1. God, That's Good! (Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Company)
  2. Johanna (Davis Gaines, George Hearn, Audra McDonald, Heidi Grant Murphy)
  3. By The Sea (Patti LuPone, George Hearn)
  4. Wigmaker Sequesnce (George Hearn, Davis Gaines)
  5. The Letter (Quintet: Tania Batson, Jacqueline Pierce, James Bassi, Lewis White. Frank Barr)
  6. Not While I'm Around (Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone)
  7. Dialogue
  8. Parlor Songs (John Aler, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris)
  9. Fogg's Asylum (Company)
  10. City on Fire (Company)
  11. The Judge's Return (Paul Plishka, George Hearn)
  12. Final Scene (Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Neil Patrick Harris)
  13. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (The Entire Company)
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
The first complete recording of Stephen Sondheim's musical-theatre work since the 1979 original Broadway cast recording, and the first recording of the work by a symphony orchestra, captures the May 2000 New York Philharmonic concert performances in honor of Mr. Sondheim's 70th birthday, starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Audra McDonald. Directed by Tony Award winner Lonnie Price, the cast also includes John Aler, Davis Gaines, Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Grant Murphy, Paul Plishka, Stanford Olsen and the New York Choral Artists.
For many, Sweeney Todd is Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece, a Grand Guignol musical-opera with an epic sweep. The original 1979 cast recording (starring Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury, and Victor Garber) remains definitive, but this version, assembled for three performances with the New York Philharmonic in May 2000, gives it a serious run for its money. Indeed, this live recording boasts Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Davis Gaines, Audra McDonald, and Heidi Grant Murphy; has been nominated for the 2002 Best Musical Show Album Grammy; and, last but not least, features that world-class orchestra. LuPone's English accent goes in and out, especially in the spoken passages, but no matter; she sings superbly. Her comic timing is impeccable, and her tendency to go over the top actually works in her favor in a show in which humor is of the gallows kind and blood flows freely. As for the Philharmonic, it'll make you even more bitter next time you're at a Broadway show where they try to cut corners by using a pared-down ensemble: The music's power could flatten trees. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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