A CD reissue of two classic Andre Kostelanetz recordings from the 1960's - both featuring arrangements of Broadway and motion picture hits of the day.
1.I Believe In You (From "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying")
2.Tonight (From "West Side Story")
3.If Ever I Would Leave You (From "Camelot")
4.Paris Original (From "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying")
5.Irma La Douce (From "Irma La Douce")
6.Till There Was You (From "The Music Man")
7.Love Makes The World Go ?Round (From "Carnival")
8.There's No Reason In The World (From "Milk And Honey")
9.The Rain In Spain (From "My Fair Lady")
10.Baubles, Bangles And Beads (From "Kismet")
11.My Favorite Things (From "The Sound Of Music")
12.Happy Talk (From "South Pacific")
13.Old Devil Moon
16.When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love
17.How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
21.Someone To Watch Over Me
22.If This Isn't Love
2 LPs on 1 CD: WONDERLAND OF SOUND-BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS (1962)/PLAYS THE HITS FROM FUNNY GIRL, FINIAN'S RAINBOW & STAR! (196?).
Recording information: 01/18/1962-09/11/1968.
This Collectables label twofer features a pair of showtune-themed LPs from easy listening giant Andre Kostelanetz. The music of the Great White Way seemed to bring out the best in Kostelanetz--its obvious theatricality and larger-than-life sweep perfectly complement the grandiose orchestral gestures so integral to the conductor's easy-listening formula. While BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS delivers on the promise of its title, Kostelanetz's selections are a bit less predictable than one might expect, and it's obvious from the unusual energy and ambition that galvanize each performance that the maestro holds these 12 songs in high regard--even familiar melodies like "Tonight," "My Favorite Things," and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" boast an extra bounce in their step. Rounding out the set, Kostelanetz tackles three of 1968's biggest Hollywood musicals on PLAYS HITS FROM 'FUNNY GIRL,' 'FINIAN'S RAINBOW' & 'STAR!', and while that premise might seem like a solid foundation for a cohesive LP, the enormous stylistic and tonal differences between the individual scores make for a somewhat inconsistent listening experience.
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