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Bernstein : Wonderful Town

Danielle de Niese... - LSO & Chorus - Simon Rattle

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Leonard Bernstein's 1953 musical Wonderful Town, with song texts by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, hasn't had frequent performances and recordings. It has lots of things going for it: one of Bernstein's memorable tunes in "Ohio" ("Oh, why-o, why-o, why ..."), a conga scene that is inadequately motivated but certainly anticipates West Side Story, and an ensemble cast conception that was certainly known to the writers of A Chorus Line 20 years later. It also has some things going against it: the number "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man" is retrograde even by the dismal standards of musical theater gender relations, and the storyline is a bit random. Bernstein seems to have acknowledged this with his concert version of the score, which showcases his tunes and his up-to-the-minute familiarity with jazz and Latin rhythms while not weighing itself down with the tale. Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are fine, relaxed performers in this repertory, and they deliver a performance that goes beyond usual symphony-orchestra correctness. One wonders how the topical references to American football, Kiwanis clubs, and the like, go down with overseas performers, but Duncan Rock as Wreck seems comfortable with the latter (sample "Pass the Football") and the lead female vocal duo of Australia's Danielle de Niese and the American Alysha Umphress are fine in the more universal theme of small town girls in the big city. The cast's American accents are impressively consistent, probably more so than they would be in a U.S. production, and the sound from this 2017 live recording at the Barbican keeps everything clear.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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Wonderful Town (Leonard Bernstein)

1
No. 1 Overture
Sir Simon Rattle
00:05:10

London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

2
Act I : No. 2. Christopher Street (Guide, Tourists, Villagers, Violet)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:05:05

Ashley Riches, Bass-Baritone (Guide) - Flora Dawson, Actor/Singer (Violet) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

3
Act I : No. 3. Ohio (Ruth, Eileen)
Danielle de Niese
00:03:42

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

4
Act I : No. 4. Conquering New York (Ruth, Villagers)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:04:11

Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

5
Act I : No. 5. One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man (Ruth)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:03:48

Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

6
Act I : No. 6. What a Waste (Bob Baker, Ruth, First Editor, Second Editor, Lonigan)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:03:40

Nathan Gunn, Baritone (Bob Baker) - Ashley Riches, Bass-Baritone (First Editor) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - Duncan Rock, Baritone (Second Associate Editor) - David Butt Philip, Tenor (Lonigan) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

7
Act I : No. 8. A Little Bit in Love (Eileen)
Danielle de Niese
00:03:09

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

8
Act I : No. 9. Pass the Football (Wreck)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:04:04

Duncan Rock, Baritone (Wreck) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

9
Act I : No. 10. Conversation Piece (Eileen, Ruth, Bob Baker, Frank, Chick Clark)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:04:01

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - Nathan Gunn, Baritone (Bob Baker) - Ashley Riches, Bass-Baritone (Frank) - Stephen John Davies, Singer/Actor (Chick Clark) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

10
Act I : No. 11. A Quiet Girl (Bob Baker)
Nathan Gunn
00:04:04

Nathan Gunn, Baritone (Bob Baker) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

11
Act I : No. 12. Conga ! (Ruth, Cadet)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:03:47

Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - Kevin Brewis, Singer/Actor (Cadet) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

12
No. 13 : Entr'acte
Sir Simon Rattle
00:03:50

London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

13
Act II : No. 14. My Darlin' Eileen (Eileen, Lonigan, Four Cops)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:03:54

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - David Butt Philip, Tenor (Lonigan) - Stephen John Davies, Actor/Singer (First Cop) - Kevin Brewis, Actor/Singer (Third Cop) - Michael Baxter, Actor/Singer (Fourth Cop) - Andrew Keelan, Actor/Singer (Second Cop) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

14
Act II : No. 15. Swing ! (Villagers, Ruth, Two Men, Two Women)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:05:24

Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - Jane Quinn, Actress/Singer (First Woman) - Kevin Brewis, Actor/Singer (First Man) - Andrew Keelan, Actor/Singer (Second Man) - Sophia Foroughi, Actress/Singer (Second Woman) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

15
Act II : No. 16. Quiet Incidental (Ruth, Eileen)
Danielle de Niese
00:00:49

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

16
Act II : No. 16a. Ohio (Reprise : Ruth, Eileen)
Danielle de Niese
00:01:24

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

17
Act II : No. 17. It's Love (Eileen, Bob Baker, Chorus)
Danielle de Niese
00:03:31

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Nathan Gunn, Baritone (Bob Baker) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

18
Act II : No. 18. Ballet at the Village Vortex
Sir Simon Rattle
00:02:47

London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

19
Act II : No. 19. Wrong Note Rag (Eileen, Ruth, Chorus)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:02:22

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

20
Act II : No. 19a. It's Love (Reprise : Eileen, Bob Baker, Ruth, Chorus)
Sir Simon Rattle
00:01:27

Danielle de Niese, Soprano (Eileen) - Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - Nathan Gunn, Baritone (Bob Baker) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

21
Act I : No. 12. Conga ! (Audience Participation Version) Bonus Track
Sir Simon Rattle
00:03:48

Alysha Umphress, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruth) - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Leonard Bernstein, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes, MusicPublisher

London Symphony Orchestra Ltd London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Album Description

Leonard Bernstein's 1953 musical Wonderful Town, with song texts by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, hasn't had frequent performances and recordings. It has lots of things going for it: one of Bernstein's memorable tunes in "Ohio" ("Oh, why-o, why-o, why ..."), a conga scene that is inadequately motivated but certainly anticipates West Side Story, and an ensemble cast conception that was certainly known to the writers of A Chorus Line 20 years later. It also has some things going against it: the number "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man" is retrograde even by the dismal standards of musical theater gender relations, and the storyline is a bit random. Bernstein seems to have acknowledged this with his concert version of the score, which showcases his tunes and his up-to-the-minute familiarity with jazz and Latin rhythms while not weighing itself down with the tale. Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are fine, relaxed performers in this repertory, and they deliver a performance that goes beyond usual symphony-orchestra correctness. One wonders how the topical references to American football, Kiwanis clubs, and the like, go down with overseas performers, but Duncan Rock as Wreck seems comfortable with the latter (sample "Pass the Football") and the lead female vocal duo of Australia's Danielle de Niese and the American Alysha Umphress are fine in the more universal theme of small town girls in the big city. The cast's American accents are impressively consistent, probably more so than they would be in a U.S. production, and the sound from this 2017 live recording at the Barbican keeps everything clear.
© James Manheim /TiVo

Details of original recording : Recorded live in DSD, 16 & 21 December 2017 in the Barbican Hall, London

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