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A Celebration of Lerner and Loewe

Audio Samples

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical
>     Overture
>     Come to me, bend to me
>     Down on MacConnachy Square
>     There but for you go I
>     The heather on the hill
>     I'll go home with Bonnie Jean
>     Almost like being in love
>     Vocal Selections from Ice Capades of '53
>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical
>     Prelude / Thank Heaven for little girls
>     I remember it well
>     The Parisians
>     A Toujours
>     I'm glad I'm not young anymore
>     Say a prayer for me tonight
>     The night they invented champagne
>     Gigi
>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical
>     Prelude / Another autumn
>     They call the wind Maria
>     I talk to the trees
>     Wand'rin star
>     How can I wait
>     Finale
>     I talk to the trees (Pop Version)
>     Carino mio (Pop Version)
>     Another autumn (Pop Version)
>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical
>     Overture
>     Wouldn't it be lovely
>     With a little bit of luck
>     On the street where you live
>     The rain in Spain
>     Get me to the church on time
>     Show me
>     I've grown accustomed to her face
>     Finale
>     I could have danced all night
>     Wouldn't it be lovely
>     Ascot gavotte
>     On the street where you live
>     Show me
>     Get me to the church on time
>     With a little bit of luck
>     The rain in Spain
>     I'm an ordinary man
>     Without you
>     I've grown accustomed to her face
>     Finale
>     I could have danced all night
>Loewe, Frederick : Almost Like Being In Love, song (from "Brigadoon")
>Loewe, Frederick : Waltz at Maxim's, for orchestra (from "Gigi")

Album Summary

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical
>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical
>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical
>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical
>Loewe, Frederick : Almost Like Being In Love, song (from "Brigadoon")
>Loewe, Frederick : Waltz at Maxim's, for orchestra (from "Gigi")
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

When an album is called A Celebration of Lerner & Loewe, referring to the musical theater songwriting team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, who created five important shows -- Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Gigi (first a movie musical, later produced on-stage), and Camelot -- one may reasonably ask why it contains music from only the first four. The answer is simple. British reissue label Sepia Records specializes in unlicensed albums taking advantage of the 50-year limit on copyright for recordings in Europe, and Camelot opened in 1960, meaning that, in order to issue an album containing its music without getting permission and paying for it, Sepia would have to wait until at least January 1, 2011. As it is, Sepia may have jumped the gun a little bit, since the bulk of this album is a reissue of the two-LP set An Evening with Lerner and Loewe, originally released by RCA Victor Records in 1959, with other material added. (The liner notes claim the LP was recorded in 1958.) On that album, RCA hired four singers -- film star Jane Powell, comedian Phil Harris, and opera stars Robert Merrill and Jan Peerce -- and set them loose on the existing Lerner & Loewe catalog, with one LP side each devoted to excerpts from Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, and Gigi. On this album, Sepia has put the Brigadoon (tracks 1-7), Gigi (tracks 8-15), and Paint Your Wagon (tracks 16-21) material on the first disc. The second disc kicks off with My Fair Lady (tracks 25-33). A few miscellaneous tracks (including a Brigadoon medley sung by Lee Sullivan of the original Broadway cast and Sally Sweetland, as performed in the 1953 Ice Capades!) are followed by another version of My Fair Lady (tracks 37-48), this one performed by the British big band Norrie Paramor & His Concert Orchestra, with vocalists Patricia Clark and Michael Sammes. The question is whether the two and a half hours of Lerner & Loewe music constitutes, as the album cover puts it, "a musical spectacular," or just a grab bag of odd performances. The answer is something in between, though a bit closer to the latter. The RCA recordings aren't really studio cast performances in that the singers don't stick to particular characters; in Gigi, for example, Powell may be Gigi on one track and Madame Alvarez on another. But the orchestrations come from the Broadway productions. Merrill, Peerce, and Powell take the recordings as an opportunity to exercise their operetta chops, paying more attention to vocal tone than characterization. So, for instance, Powell's "Show Me" may be the least angry ever put on record. Harris, for his part, does nothing more than perform as himself. He makes no attempt to adopt a French or British accent, relying on his Midwestern American twang throughout. The Paramor album was called Instrumental and Vocal Selections from My Fair Lady, and that's instructive, as the bandleader clearly is more interested in presenting his easy listening arrangements of the songs than in having his singers perform all the lyrics. Nor does he much care who sings or how. Clark takes "On the Street Where You Live," even though it is sung by a male character in the show, and no one seems to have informed Sammes that "An Ordinary Man" is intended for the strict elocutionist Professor Henry Higgins; remarkably, Sammes sings it in the same cockney accent he uses for Alfred Doolittle's songs "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time," freely dropping his G's and H's. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: Overture
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: Come to me, bend to me
  • Performer: Jan Peerce (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: Down on MacConnachy Square
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: There but for you go I
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: The heather on the hill
  • Performers: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: I'll go home with Bonnie Jean
  • Performer: Jan Peerce (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: Almost like being in love
  • Performers: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: Prelude / Thank Heaven for little girls
  • Performer: Phil Harris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: I remember it well
  • Performers: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: The Parisians
  • Performer: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: A Toujours
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: I'm glad I'm not young anymore
  • Performer: Phil Harris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: Say a prayer for me tonight
  • Performer: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: The night they invented champagne
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Gigi, musical :: Gigi
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: Prelude / Another autumn
  • Performer: Jan Peerce (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: They call the wind Maria
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: I talk to the trees
  • Performers: Jan Peerce (Voice); Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: Wand'rin star
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: How can I wait
  • Performer: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: Finale
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: I talk to the trees (Pop Version)
  • Performer: Tony Bavaar (Voice)
  • Conductor: Norman Leyden
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: Carino mio (Pop Version)
  • Performer: Tony Bavaar (Voice)
  • Conductor: Norman Leyden
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : Paint Your Wagon, musical :: Another autumn (Pop Version)
  • Performer: Tony Bavaar (Voice)
  • Conductor: Norman Layden
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Overture
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Wouldn't it be lovely
  • Performer: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: With a little bit of luck
  • Performer: Phil Harris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: On the street where you live
  • Performer: Jan Peerce (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: The rain in Spain
  • Performers: Jan Peerce (Voice); Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Get me to the church on time
  • Performer: Phil Harris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Show me
  • Performer: Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: I've grown accustomed to her face
  • Performer: Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Finale
  • Performers: Jan Peerce (Voice); Jane Powell (Mezzo-soprano); Phil Harris (Voice); Robert Merrill (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johnny Green
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : Brigadoon, musical :: Vocal Selections from Ice Capades of '53
  • Performers: Lee Sullivan (Voice); Sally Sweetland (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jeri Mayhall
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Almost Like Being In Love, song (from "Brigadoon")
  • Performer: Maurice Chevalier (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Glenn Osser
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1947.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1947

>Loewe, Frederick : Waltz at Maxim's, for orchestra (from "Gigi")
  • Performers: Edmund Hockridge (Voice); Edmund Hockeridge (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: I could have danced all night
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Wouldn't it be lovely
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Ascot gavotte
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: On the street where you live
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Show me
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Get me to the church on time
  • Performer: Mike Sammes (Voice)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: With a little bit of luck
  • Performer: Mike Sammes (Voice)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: The rain in Spain
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: I'm an ordinary man
  • Performer: Mike Sammes (Voice)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Without you
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: I've grown accustomed to her face
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: Finale
  • Performer: Patricia Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Ensemble: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady, musical :: I could have danced all night
  • Performer: Jeannie Carson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Geoff Love
  • Ensemble: Geoff Love & His Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954