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Sally

Light Opera of New York Orchestra

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Sally (1920) is not one of Jerome Kern's more frequently performed musicals, although it was a hit in its own time and ran for some 570 performances. The reputation of the work may have suffered because it's a patchwork: the book and lyrics had contributions from P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Buddy de Sylva, and Clifford Grey. Kern himself recycled material from other works, and there is an interpolated waltz by Victor Herbert leading up to an extremely abrupt finale. None of it matters. Kern's audiences were right, and posterity has been wrong. The mixed-bag quality of the work is a strength, not a weakness, and Kern's ability to find a musical framework for it pointed the way, more than his other early works, to the masterworks to come. Sally is still an operetta, but just barely, and American vernacular materials -- not so much jazz yet, but it's there -- are poking out everywhere. The tale tells of Sally, a poor girl who gets a dishwashing job in a posh Greenwich Village inn and then impersonates a Russian ballerina and becomes entangled in romantic complications. Along the way are satirizations of Jane Addams-type social work, the rags-to-riches archetype (the ethnic hit song "Sally in Our Alley" is built up into a big soap bubble), Eastern European political instability, the classic waltz, and more, all with good humor. The opera's most enduring and endearing tune has been "Look for the Silver Lining," but sample also "The Schnitze-Kommiski," a laugh-out-loud, riverine waltz parody. Credit goes to the singers of the Light Opera of New York, whose nickname of LOONY shows that they approach the material with the requisite low degree of seriousness, yet also with the requisite suspension of disbelief, and to conductor Gerald Steichen for keeping things moving. The diction is such that the included libretto is largely superfluous. This is a great deal of fun and is really essential for those who love Jerome Kern.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Sally: Act I: I. Opening
Emma Grimsley
00:01:32

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

2
Sally: Act I: II. "The Nighttime"
Emma Grimsley
00:02:10

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

3
Sally: Act I: III."Ah, glamourpuss…On with the Dance
Adam Cannedy
00:03:33

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

4
Sally: Act I: IV."Good evening!"
Emma Grimsley
00:00:55

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

5
Sally: Act I: V. "Joan of Arc"
Emma Grimsley
00:02:31

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

6
Sally: Act I: VI. "Your Highness!"
Emma Grimsley
00:01:40

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

7
Sally: Act I: VII. "Look for the Silver Lining"
Emma Grimsley
00:02:42

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

8
Sally: Act I: VIII. "Hello, Sally…Look for the Silver Lining"
Emma Grimsley
00:01:16

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

9
Sally: Act I: IX. "Now what's this?"
Emma Grimsley
00:00:46

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

10
Sally: Act I: X. "Dear Little Girl"
Alex Corson
00:03:39

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

11
Sally: Act I: XI. "Hello?"
Emma Grimsley
00:02:12

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

12
Sally: Act II: XII. "So, Rosie"
Emma Grimsley
00:03:49

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

13
Sally: Act II: XIII. "To a Celebration"
Emma Grimsley
00:04:21

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

14
Sally: Act II: XIV. "Mme. Nockerova…A Wild Rose"
Emma Grimsley
00:05:47

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

15
Sally: Act II: XV. "The Schnitza-Komisski"
Bryan Elsesser
00:03:01

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

16
Sally: Act II: XVI. "Mme. Nockerova…Whip-poor-wil"
Emma Grimsley
00:04:24

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

17
Sally: Act II: XVII. "Rosie, there you are"
Adam Cannedy
00:00:58

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

18
Sally: Act II: XVIII. "The Lorelei"
Adam Cannedy
00:03:13

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

19
Sally: Act II: XIX. "Pardon me!"
Emma Grimsley
00:01:56

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

20
Sally: Act II: XX. "Church ’Round the Corner"
Adam Cannedy
00:02:54

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

21
Sally: Act II: XXI. "Our Anxious Eyes"
Emma Grimsley
00:05:13

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

22
Sally: Act II: XXII. "The Butterfly Ballet"
Light Opera of New York
00:04:19

Jerome Kern, Composer - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Light Opera of New York, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

23
Sally: Act II: XXIII. "Wasn't Sally's ballet wonderful?"
Emma Grimsley
00:01:38

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

24
Sally: Act II: XXIV. "Dear Little Church"
Emma Grimsley
00:01:55

Jerome Kern, Composer - Richard Holmes, MainArtist - Gerald Steichen, Conductor - Claire Kuttler, MainArtist - Natalie Ballenger, MainArtist - Light Opera of New York Orchestra, Orchestra - Adam Cannedy, MainArtist - Emma Grimsley, MainArtist - Alex Corson, MainArtist - Bryan Elsesser, MainArtist - Rachel Braunstein, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Albany Records (P) 2016 Albany Records

Album Description

Sally (1920) is not one of Jerome Kern's more frequently performed musicals, although it was a hit in its own time and ran for some 570 performances. The reputation of the work may have suffered because it's a patchwork: the book and lyrics had contributions from P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Buddy de Sylva, and Clifford Grey. Kern himself recycled material from other works, and there is an interpolated waltz by Victor Herbert leading up to an extremely abrupt finale. None of it matters. Kern's audiences were right, and posterity has been wrong. The mixed-bag quality of the work is a strength, not a weakness, and Kern's ability to find a musical framework for it pointed the way, more than his other early works, to the masterworks to come. Sally is still an operetta, but just barely, and American vernacular materials -- not so much jazz yet, but it's there -- are poking out everywhere. The tale tells of Sally, a poor girl who gets a dishwashing job in a posh Greenwich Village inn and then impersonates a Russian ballerina and becomes entangled in romantic complications. Along the way are satirizations of Jane Addams-type social work, the rags-to-riches archetype (the ethnic hit song "Sally in Our Alley" is built up into a big soap bubble), Eastern European political instability, the classic waltz, and more, all with good humor. The opera's most enduring and endearing tune has been "Look for the Silver Lining," but sample also "The Schnitze-Kommiski," a laugh-out-loud, riverine waltz parody. Credit goes to the singers of the Light Opera of New York, whose nickname of LOONY shows that they approach the material with the requisite low degree of seriousness, yet also with the requisite suspension of disbelief, and to conductor Gerald Steichen for keeping things moving. The diction is such that the included libretto is largely superfluous. This is a great deal of fun and is really essential for those who love Jerome Kern.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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