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The fastest-selling cast album in the history of Nonesuch Records, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA features Adam Guettels Tony Award winning score, the lush Tony winning orchestrations by Guettel, Ted Sperling and Bruce Coughlin, and a superlative cast headed by Tony winner Victoria Clark...Observed Opera News: If youve ever known the excitement of going to a record store far from Broadway to get the original-cast album and lingering over the liner notes as if they were holy writ, listening to the music, stopping to replay the songs you liked most, youll be able to relive that experience with the recording of Adam Guettels THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been recorded in dozens of languages over the years, but the latest recording is, in its own way, the most historic: the first Austrian cast recording of the musical inextricably linked to that countrys history and culture...As reported in our previous issue, the German-language production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Vienna Volksoper is the companys most successful work in recent seasons, making a cast album inevitable...Recorded live at the Volksoper, under the baton of maestro Erich Kunzel, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (MG-Sound) features an orchestra of 52 players, and a cast headed by Sandra Pires and Michael Kraus; listening to Kraus sterling rendition of Edelweiss, even we believed it was an old Austrian folk song...In a class by itself is the movie soundtrack, starring Julie Andrews, which will be reissued internationally in a special 40th Anniversary edition from Sony/BMG in November, with new liner notes, packaging and bonus tracks.

PHANTASIA (EMI) features two Andrew Lloyd Webber scores THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and THE WOMAN IN WHITE reconceived as symphonic works...The title composition is a concerto for cello and violin; the cello, here played by Julian Lloyd Webber, represents the Phantom, and the violin (Sarah Chang) is his muse, Christine... Complementing PHANTASIA is THE WOMAN IN WHITE SUITE; both suites are soon to be available for orchestral performance from The R&H Concert Library...Continuing with the masked man, BROADWAYS FABULOUS PHANTOMS (BC/EFA), benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, features the eleven men who have played the title role in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA during its Broadway run (so far), and includes covers of such standards as Ol Man River (Davis Gaines) and All the Things You Are (Howard McGillin).

The Miles Davis cover of My Funny Valentine is one of twelve standards selected for THE BILL CLINTON COLLECTION (Clinton Presidential Library), a CD anthology of the former presidents favorite songs...Carly Simons latest album of standards, MOONLIGHT SERENADE (Columbia) includes such gems as Where Or When, and All The Things You Are...WARM SPRING NIGHT (PS Classics) is the new album from Philip Chaffin that mixes standards from the Old Masters (Kern and Hammersteins Dont Ever Leave Me, and Heaven in My Arms; Rodgers and Harts My Romance; Rodgers and Hammersteins Out of My Dreams) with works by members of the new generation, including Ricky Ian Gordons If It is True...AT THE CORNER OF BROADWAY AND SOUL (Sh-K-Boom) features powerhouse vocalist Billy Porter; recorded live at Joes Pub in New York, it boasts an eclectic mix of Broadway, gospel and more, including the Ricky Ian Gordon-Langston Hughes Heaven and Adam Guettels Awaiting You.

THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1926 (Bayview Records), part of Scott Siegels popular year-by-year concert series, features numbers from THE DESERT SONG, THE GARRICK GAITIES, PEGGY-ANN, THE GIRLFRIEND and, from the score of BETSY, an Irving Berlin jewel (Blue Skies) written for a Rodgers and Hart show...EVERYBODY STEP (Oakton Recordings) is the fourth in an on-going Irving Berlin series from the spirited team of Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner; this latest issue includes a collection of songs drawn from Berlins four MUSIC BOX REVUES as well an assortment of his songs from the early 20s...YOURS, ANNE (Jay Records), the compelling 1985 Off-Broadway musical based on THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, licensed by R&H Theatricals and written by Williamson Musics Michael Cohen and Enid Futterman, will be issued on CD later this fall.

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