Album Remarks & Appraisals:
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Streisand is master of the genres for which she is known. Yet there are some very lovely moments. Claus Ogerman's 'I Loved You' (based on a poem by Pushkin and sung in English) is Streisand singing how she sings best. It is straight-forward, heartfelt, and beautifully sung. Her strength here is the honesty. The songs with Ogerman at the piano are very good. Clear and concise notes with texts and translations.
Personnel includes: Barbra Streisand (vocals); Claus Ogerman (conductor); The Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
Engineers: Lee Hirschberg, Eddie Brackett, Frank Laico, Mickey Crofford.
Contains program notes in English and English translations of the text which is in French, Italian, German, Latin and Russian.
Liner Note Authors: Homer Denison; David Foil.
Photographer: Francesco Scavullo.
Arranger: Claus Ogerman.
CLASSICAL BARBRA is just that; the superstar songstress presenting yet another facet of her style and ability. This collection is her take on classical favorites, and it's masterfully done. Produced, arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman, and recorded with The Columbia Symphony Orchestra, the album originally had a working title of FOLLOW THE LIEDER. Streisand recalls the sessions as her "most difficult singing project."
Barbra's natural abilities make bridging the gap between pop and classical seem effortless. Her straightforwardness and sensitivity become apparent in these extraordinary performances. Her voice is a treasure, an instrument that blends in beautifully with the rest of the orchestra. Her rendition of Handel's "Dank Sei Dir, Herr" is both powerful and soothing. All in all, this record is a necessity for pop vocal and classical fans alike.