Stephen Sondheim

Biography

Born: March 22, 1930; New York, NY  
According to most critics and theater historians, Stephen Sondheim (born 1930) stands among Broadway show composers and lyricists not only as the greatest of his generation but also as the only great one of his generation. Observers may debate why Broadway failed to produce consistently great writers to follow the Rodgers and Hammersteins and Lerner and Loewes of the 1940s and 1950s, but the fact remains that Sondheim clearly ranks with such Read more masters, and even with Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and other masters of the century's first half.

Sondheim became a protege of Hammerstein's after befriending the lyricist's son in school, but he got his first big break when he was hired to adapt Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story (1957). That show turned out to be one of the biggest hits and most memorable works of its time, and it brought many proposals for text-writing Sondheim's way --though he had always wanted to write music as well. Nevertheless, he worked with Jule Styne on Gypsy (1959), another enormous hit, and would later agree to collaborate with Richard Rodgers on the unsuccessful Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965).

Before that, however, Sondheim scored his first success as both composer and lyricist with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962). It was his last hit until Company (1970), a show about contemporary life and mores that did much to revolutionize the Broadway musical and, as many of Hammerstein's 50 shows had, move it more toward serious and exotic subjects. Since that time, Sondheim's shows have been amazingly daring in terms of subject matter, with unusual musical ideas and stunningly original lyrics. But they have not always been big hits, and have marked a time in theater when Broadway show music became a marginalized art form in terms of popular culture.

Nevertheless, Sondheim's shows of the 1970s and 1980s are benchmarks of the genre: Follies (1971) brought together aging Follies girls for a look at American middle age; A Little Night Music (1973) is based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night and contains Sondheim's sole hit song, "Send in the Clowns"; Pacific Overtures (1976) ambitiously took on the subject of Japanese-American relations; Sweeney Todd (1979) was an operetta based on the British grand guignol tale of a murderous barber; Sunday in the Park with George (1984) was a biography of impressionist painter Georges Seurat; and Into the Woods (1987) wove together children's fairy tales with the theories of psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. At this writing, Sondheim's latest show is Assassins (1991), a short piece about presidential killers. In recent years, he has turned more to films, writing songs for Madonna in Dick Tracy in 1990 and reportedly working on an original movie musical. Read less
Sondheim: A Celebration At Carnegie Hall
Release Date: 11/21/2006   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4151   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $24.99
DVD: $14.99
In Stock
On sale!   $24.99   DVD:  $14.99 Add DVD to Cart

Browse 51-75 of 115 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4 5
  • 51.
    Spanish Love Songs / Lieberson, Kaiser, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9228 Release Date: 10/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim,  Hugo Wolf,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Sebastián de Iradier  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Blier,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Joseph Kaiser,  Michael Barrett
    Recommendation
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 52.
    Symphonic Sondheim / Don Sebesky, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54285 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Conductor:  Don Sebesky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 53.
    Dawn At Dusk - A Late Night Recital / Dawn Upshaw
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4198 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Richard Rodgers,  Stephen Sondheim,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Fred Hersch,  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Eric Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
    On sale! $19.99
    DVD: $11.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.99   DVD:  $11.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 54.
    Sondheim: Sunday In The Park With George / Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68638 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Cris Groenendaal,  Bernadette Peters,  Mandy Patinkin,  Dana Ivey  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 55.
    Sondheim: Sweeney Todd / Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68639 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Victor Garber,  Angela Lansbury,  Jack Eric Williams,  Sarah Rice  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 56.
    Best Of Broadway - Hit Songs From Hit Musicals / Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64078 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Kander,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Jerry Herman,  Jim Jacobs / Warren Casey  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Dore,  Mary Carewe
    Conductor:  Nick Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  West End Chorus
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 57.
    Showtime! Music Of Broadway & Hollywood / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 70057 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Mitchell Leigh,  Harold Arlen,  Lucy Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 58.
    Sondheim: A Celebration At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4151 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Madeline Kahn,  Jeanne Lehman,  Mark Jacoby  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Theatre Orchestra,  Tonics,  Boys' Choir of Harlem
    On sale! $24.99
    DVD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $24.99   DVD:  $14.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 59.
    Sunday In The Park With George / 2006 London Revival Cast
    Label: P.s. Classics   Catalog: 640 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Lauren Calpin,  Sarah French Ellis,  Liza Sadovy,  Alasdair Harvey  ... 
    On sale! $19.97
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.97   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 60.
    Sondheim: Sweeney Todd / 2005 Broadway Cast
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79946 Release Date: 01/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Mark Jacoby,  Diana DiMarzio,  Lauren Molina,  Michael Cerveris  ... 
    On sale! $30.96
    CD: $28.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $30.96   CD:  $28.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 61.
    Blood & Feathers - Live At The Cafe Carlyle / Ute Lemper
    Label: Drg   Catalog: 18002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Georges Moustaki,  Ute Lemper,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Ute Lemper,  Werner Gierig,  Gregory Jones,  Mark Lambert  ... 
    On sale! $19.99
    DVD: $18.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.99   DVD:  $18.49 Add DVD to Cart

  • 62.
    Simple Gifts / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000477202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Stanley Myers,  William Gould Tomer,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  John Williams,  Simon Keenlyside,  Aled Jones
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
    Recommendation
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 63.
    For You, For Me - Songs Of Copland, Etc / Bruce Hubbard
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31553 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Irving Berlin,  Stephen Sondheim,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Hubbard,  Marvis Martin
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Special Order
    MP3 Available
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $12.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 64.
    Stardust - Rodgers, Gershwin, Sondheim / Utterback
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4253 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Bill Evans,  George Duning,  Frankie Laine  ... 
    Performer:  Joe Utterback
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 65.
    Sondheim, Etc., Etc.: Live At Carnegie Hall - The Rest Of It / Bernadette Peters
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 74748 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marvin Laird,  Harry Warren,  Arthur Johnston,  Nathaniel Davis Ayer  ... 
    Performer:  Bernadette Peters
    Conductor:  Marvin Laird
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 66.
    Serious Fun ! - Berners, Nicholas, Baker/ Applebaum, Hamelin
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 744 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Nathaniel Baker,  Tom Lehrer,  Peter Winkler,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Jody Karin Applebaum,  Marc-André Hamelin
    Recommendation
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 67.
    Blood & Feathers - Live At The Cafe Carlyle / Ute Lemper
    Label: Drg   Catalog: 91490 Release Date: 06/07/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Georges Moustaki,  Ute Lemper,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Ute Lemper,  Werner Gierig,  Gregory Jones,  Mark Lambert  ... 
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 68.
    Sondheim: Pacific Overtures / 2004 Broadway Cast
    Label: P.s. Classics   Catalog: 528 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  B. D. Wong
    On sale! $16.97
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $16.97   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 69.
    Changing The Guard - Great Military Music
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1127 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  R.A. Ridings,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 70.
    Sondheim: Pacific Overtures / Original London Cast
    Label: Jay Records   Catalog: 1382 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Yoshikazu Iwamoto
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 71.
    Encore! / John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000260602 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Frederick Loewe,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  John T. Williams,  Boston Pops
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 72.
    The Artistry Of Elly Ameling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000121702 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  John Clayton,  Louis van Dijk,  Elly Ameling,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Vittorio Negri,  Edo De Waart,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 73.
    Sondheim: Anyone Can Whistle / Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 86860 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Lee Remick,  Angela Lansbury,  Harry Guardino
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 74.
    Sondheim: A Little Night Music / 1989 Studio Cast
    Label: That's Entertainment   Catalog: 1179 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Bonaventura Bottone,  Sian Phillips,  Maria Friedman
    Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
    On sale! $32.98
    CD: $28.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $32.98   CD:  $28.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 75.
    Under The Stars / Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473250 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucy Simon,  Stephen Sondheim,  John Kander,  Rupert Holmes  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 3 4 5