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Sondheim, Etc., Etc.: Live At Carnegie Hall - The Rest Of It / Bernadette Peters


Release Date: 08/02/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 74748   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marvin LairdHarry WarrenArthur JohnstonNathaniel Davis Ayer,   ... 
Performer:  Bernadette Peters
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the conclusion of a review of what can now be considered the first volume of recordings from Bernadette Peters' December 1996 concert at Carnegie Hall, released in 1997, All Music Guide wrote, "Performed before a wildly enthusiastic audience, Sondheim, Etc. is a triumphant debut worthy of an encore." The reviewer (the same one writing now) was making reference to the concert's being, technically, Peters' first as such, albeit preceded by decades of work on the musical stage. And she followed it up with appearances in concert halls around the country and overseas, while maintaining her career in musical theater. But it seems that Sondheim, Etc. was worthy of an encore in more ways than one, as this release demonstrates. It Read more "contains all the music and dialogue that was not on the initial release," and that turns out to be another 52 and a half minutes to add to the initial 71. Inevitably, "The Rest of It," as the subtitle puts it, is not as impressive as the first disc, as might be expected since this is what Peters chose to leave out before. But it also gives a better sense of what the show was like as a whole, not only because it begins with an overture, but also because more of Peters' bubbly personality is on display, whether she is singing "We're in the Money" in pig Latin, joking about her physical endowment, or playfully evoking her Carnegie Hall predecessor, Judy Garland, before borrowing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for a closer. And typical of a collection consisting of the rest instead of the best, there are buried gems and rarities, the most notable of which is a previously unperformed Stephen Sondheim song, "(They Ask Me Why) I Believe in You." Unlike its predecessor, this album is more "Etc." than Sondheim, with only five compositions by the man who wrote songs in Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods for Peters, but one of them is "Children Will Listen," which she sang in Into the Woods. And another of her career songs to be included is "Unexpected Song" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Words and Music, the show, as she points out, that won her her first Tony Award. So, the collection is not devoid of Peters' hits, either.

-- William Ruhlmann, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture by Marvin Laird
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Forty-Second Street: We're in the money "Gold Diggers' Song" by Harry Warren
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley that includes "We're in the Money" and "Pennies from Heaven." 
3.
Pennies from Heaven by Arthur Johnston
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Notes: This selection is part of a medley that includes "We're in the Money" and "Pennies from Heaven." 
4.
If you were the only girl in the world by Nathaniel Davis Ayer
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
5.
Tell Me on a Sunday: Unexpected Song by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Written: 1979 
6.
Faithless Love by John David Souther
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
7.
Other Lady by Lesley Gore
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
8.
I Never Thought I'd Break by Peter Allen
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
9.
(They Ask Me Why) I Believe in You by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
10.
A Little Night Music: Later by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
11.
Anyone Can Whistle: With so little to be sure of by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
12.
Into the Woods: Children Will Listen by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
13.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer:  Bernadette Peters (Voice)
Conductor:  Marvin Laird
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 

Sound Samples

Overture (2005 Digital Remaster)
We're In the Money/Pennies From Heaven (Medley) (2005 Digital Remaster)
If You Were The Only Boy (2005 Digital Remaster)
Unexpected Song (2005 Digital Remaster)
Faithless Love (2005 Digital Remaster)
Other Lady (2005 Digital Remaster)
I Never Thought I'd Break (2005 Digital Remaster)
(They Ask Me Why) I Believe In You (2005 Digital Remaster)
Later (2005 Digital Remaster)
With So Little to Be Sure Of (2005 Digital Remaster)
Children Will Listen (2005 Digital Remaster)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (2005 Digital Remaster)

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