Kitty Carlisle The Merry Widow / The Desert Song [1944 Studio Casts]

The Merry Widow / The Desert Song [1944 Studio
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CD Details

  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Box Office

Tracks:

  • 1.Overture [From The Merry Widow]
  • 2.In Marsovia [From The Merry Widow] - Kitty Carlisle, , Chorus
  • 3.Maxim's [From The Merry Widow] - Wilbur Evans
  • 4.Finale of Act I [From The Merry Widow] - Kitty Carlisle, , Wilbur Evans, Chorus
  • 5.Down in Dear Marsovia [From The Merry Widow] - Chorus
  • 6.Vilia [From The Merry Widow] - Kitty Carlisle, , Chorus
  • 7.Women [From The Merry Widow] - Wilbur Evans, Felix Knight, Chorus
  • 8.Love in My Heart [From The Merry Widow] - Felix Knight
  • 9.Finale of Act II [From The Merry Widow] - Kitty Carlisle, , Wilbur Evans, Chorus
  • 10.Girls at Maxim's [From The Merry Widow] - Chorus
  • 11.I Love You So (The Merry Widow Waltz) [From The Merry Widow] - Kitty Carlisle, Wilbur Evans
  • 12.Finale [From The Merry Widow] - Kitty Carlisle, , Wilbur Evans, Chorus
  • 13.Opening Chorus and Riff Song [From the DeSert Song] - Wilbur Evans, Chorus
  • 14.French Military Marching Song [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle, , Chorus
  • 15.Romance [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle
  • 16.Then You Will Know [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle, Wilbur Evans
  • 17.Desert Song [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle, Wilbur Evans
  • 18.Finale of Act I [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle, , Wilbur Evans, Felix Knight, , Chorus
  • 19.One Flower in Your Garden [From the DeSert Song] - Felix Knight, Chorus
  • 20.One Alone [From the DeSert Song] - Wilbur Evans, Chorus
  • 21.Sabre Song [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle
  • 22.Finale [From the DeSert Song] - Kitty Carlisle, , Wilbur Evans, Chorus
  • 23.Beat out Dat Rhythm on a Drum - Kitty Carlisle,
  • 24.Jalousie - Kitty Carlisle,
  • 25.Good Night Sweetheart - Kitty Carlisle, , Orchestra

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Bucky Willard.
Recording information: 1944-1945.
Directors: Harry Sosnik; Jeffery Alexander.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Kitty Carlisle Hart; Felix Knight; Wilbur Evans.
Box Office Recordings/Encore Productions does operetta fans a favor -- even if one that may be legally dicey -- by reissuing these two long out-of-print operetta recordings on a single disc. In 1943, Kitty Carlisle appeared in a production of the 38-year-old operetta The Merry Widow in Boston and her notices were good enough to persuade Decca Records president Jack Kapp to undertake a 1944 studio-cast recording using Wilbur Evans, also of the Boston production, and Lisette Verea of a recent New York staging. The result was the most extensive recording of the score yet attempted. Kapp then brought Carlisle and Evans back into the studio to cut a version of the 1926 operetta The Desert Song. It was another excellent rendition. Both albums, originally issued as sets of 78s, were reissued on LPs in the 1950s, but otherwise languished in the Decca (later MCA) vaults. The present disc is not licensed legitimately from the copyright holders, and it clearly has been mastered from old records, since the sound is not great. But Carlisle's voice cuts through easily; singing operetta was really the strongest of her many modest skills. And while the scores are incomplete, especially from a later perspective, they remain a brave early attempt to put the music on record. The disc is augmented with three tracks drawn from Carlisle's Decca singles, notably a spirited version of "Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum" from Carmen Jones. ~ William Ruhlmann

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  • UPC: 764805119526
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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