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Oscar Winners: The Lyrics Of Oscar Hammerstein II
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Misfire in the canon of the Fabulous Barbara Cook
A. Andersen | Bellows Falls, VT USA | 04/23/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wonder what some of the reviewers on this page are reviewing, at least those who mention Wally Harper's orchestrations. This CD is orchestrated by Peter Matz and in my opinion is a misfire. It oughtn't to have been but when one considers that it contains seven songs with music by Rodgers, seven with music by Kern and one with music by Romberg - and that the songs that don't work are the R&H songs - and when one considers that Miss Cook's forte is the romantic ballad, the torch song and the bright and breezy up tempo number and that all the R&H songs are book songs, one is less in the dark as to the reasons why the seven R&H songs don't convince. The songs selected do not fit into the ballad/torch category and while most are up tempo, that tempo is too slow and the "sound" Matz creates seems to me, ordinary and uninteresting. Ms. Cook is at her best in I WON'T DANCE and the pairing of DON'T EVER LEAVE ME and ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE. Here are the three songs on the CD that are superbly thought out, sung and orchestrated. The rest are dreary and unconvincing. This is only one of two CDs by Ms. Cook that I don't care for (the other being her collection of "new" songs - AS OF TODAY - where the songs are all pretty poorly conceived and written - there the content does her in, not her valiant attempts to put them across). The rest of her work is uniformly fabulous."
Spectacular Barbara Cook
email@example.com | Los Angeles, CA | 11/22/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky enough to first experience the contents of this album live at the Cafe Carlysle in New York. What a wonderful joy to have a keepsake of that night in this beautifully recorded version of the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein in these classic songs. "This Nearly Was Mine" never fails to make me cry. Me, who never cries. What a gift is Barbara Cook. Long, long, long may she sing!"
Janet Suphan | Red Bank,N.J. | 04/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The arrangements by Wally Harper not only do justice to Barbara Cook's wonderful,but also enhance the pure poetry of Oscar Hammerstein.Definitely one of the best CD's Ms.Cook has done.Her style is a terrific counterpoint to a great lyricist's poetry."