- Audio CD
- Data di prima pubblicazione: 23 luglio 2001
- Numero di dischi: 1
- Formato: Colonna sonora, Import
- Etichetta: First Night Records
- ASIN: B00005LM99
My Fair Lady Colonna sonora, Import
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2.Why Can't The English?
3.Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
4.With A Little Bit Of Luck
5.I'm An Ordinary Man
6.Just You Wait
7.Poor Professor Higgins
8.The Rain In Spain
9.I Could Have Danced All Night
11.On The Street Where You Live
13.The Embassy Waltz
14.You Did It
16.Get Me To The Church On Time
17.Get Me To The Church On Time (Reprise)
18.A Hymn To Him
20.I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
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Coming via the prestigious National Theatre, this lavish revival of MY FAIR LADY moved to the West End for a triumphant run of nearly 3 years. Jonathan Pryce (MISS SAIGON) is perfect for the role of the irascible Henry Higgins, the phonetics professor who unwittingly takes Eliza under his wing and transforms her into a lady who rides to success at the Embassy Ball.
Martine McCutcheon was perhaps a smart choice for Eliza (at that time), but her light-pop voice hardly does justice to the material. McCutcheon repeatedly made headlines with her frequent illnesses, culminating in a blood-clotting condition which left her hospital-bound for a month. The role of Eliza generally calls for a "legit" soprano voice, (eg- Julie Andrews, Sally Ann Howes, Liz Robertson).
Dennis Waterman is ideal for the role of the oh-so-cockney dustman Alfred P. Doolittle. He is simply infectious with all his numbers, "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time". Very much the modern-day equivalent of Stanley Holloway.
The cast is rounded out by Nicholas le Prevost (as Colonel Pickering), Mark Umbers (as Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Patsy Rowlands (as Mrs Pearce) and Caroline Blakiston (as Mrs Higgins).
All-in-all, this new cast album of MY FAIR LADY is superb, featuring sparkling new performances and lovely new musical arrangements by William David Brohn.
I do enjoy this CD. Dennis Waterman is as funny on the CD as I remembered as Alfred P. Doolittle. Jonathon Pryce is truly amazing on the CD as Prof. Higgens. I saw Alex Jennings, so it was kind of fun to hear Pryce's interpretation of Higgens. I absolutely adored Joanna Riding as Eliza, so I figured that Martine could not be too bad since she had the role first. It really is too bad that Joanna did not get to be Eliza on this recording since she was amazing and Martine is less than stellar. Mark Umbers shines as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, as did Peter Prentice when I saw him in this role.
The music does have a few surprises for the listener who is used to Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison or Audrey Hepburn (Marni Nixon) and Rex Harrison. Stanley Holloway would have fun with the changes in his music that Dennis Waterman gets to play with.
All in all the recording is excellent. If you're like me and sing along with the music, sing over Martine and you'll be fine!
No doubt Ms. McCutcheon was still ill during the recording of this show, since she has to be the weakest link. It is a shame that with all other performances glowing - both in the acting and singing departments. The orchestra under William Brohn's orchestrations sounds wonderfully rich and spirited and plays brilliantly.
Unfortunately, Martine McC. sings like an untrained school girl: often flat, her voice lacks warmth and dimension, and when trying to "sing" "poshly" her accent goes down the drain to form a most unpleasant hybrid.
I give this recording 4 stars simply because it is truly stunning - a better bet for your money than any of the others. However, you may just have to skip through Eliza's tracks.
I won't repeat the previous reviews about the casting choice, as I think the collective opinion about Jonathan Pryce, Martine McCutcheon, and the rest are rather accurate. I'd like to talk about the orchestration, which is one of the highlights of this album, to me at least.
The most impressive thing that struck me when I first heard this album, was that at least half of the score had been re-orchestrated. And to me, I loved it, because it brought a new freshness and modernness to the music. I would never had thought that the orchestrations of the original score were out-dated by any means, but this new orchestration really brings more dynamics to the emotions and feelings of the songs, making it sound more in line with the modern orchestrations of the 21st century. For one, I think that the rearrangements of the songs sung by Alfred Dolittle were fantastic in giving it more oomph, cos I've never really been a fan of Senior Doliitle's songs..
For me, it's worth it to purchase this album, even though I've already owned 3 other versions. it's worth the price just for listening to the new arrangments alone. I give alot of respect to the orginal orchestration Maestros, but going forward I think this new ochestration will do very well for the modern audience for the next 30 years.
First of all, Martine McCutcheon, the leading lady (Olivier Award notwithstanding) is simply not up to singing the role. At all. Again, the performance may have worked splendidly in the theater, given her Cockney authenticity; listening at home, however, one is tempted to skip to the next track after a few whispered, wan notes. Without a solid, soaring "fair lady," what on Earth is the point? Jonathan Pryce should have worked as Higgins (he's fundamentally "right" for the role), but he's chosen largely to sing the score, as opposed to sing/talk it. This approach to the material is oddly de-neutering. A Higgins who fails to rant and bellow (i.e. one who calmly sings), is no Higgins at all. So here you have a "My Fair Lady" grossly undermined by the actors playing the leading roles. Which doesn't leave much, if anything, left. Dennis Waterman sounds like a terrific Doolittle, but when does one gravitate to this show for the Doolittle? The rest of the cast is serviceable, but can't justify one's serious time or attention.
This revival was the brainchild of producer Cameron Mackintosh, who has obvious affection for the show. But the fact that one can rethink a show doesn't mean that one should. He's managed to transform "My Fair Lady" from something magical into something mundane.