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Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night (1965 Music Theater Of Lincoln Center Cast)
Robert Wright, George Forrest
Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night (1965 Music Theater Of Lincoln Center Cast)
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All Artists: Robert Wright, George Forrest
Title: Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night (1965 Music Theater Of Lincoln Center Cast)
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Label: RCA
Release Date: 2/14/1995
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Style: Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 090266804023, 090266804047

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Sumptuous stereo sound- almost as good as original cast.
A. Andersen | Bellows Falls, VT USA | 08/30/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is extremely rare that a revival of a classic show is within five percent of being as exceptional as the original, but this 1965 Lincoln Center revival is just that - superbly vibrant stereo sound enhances the original orchestrations, Alfred Drake recreating his finest role as Hajj, and a cast as musically and dramatically superb as the original. For collectors, it's a toss-up. This version omits the original overture (using a suite of tunes from the Polovetsian Dances instead) and two dance numbers, BAZAAR OF THE CARAVANS and SAMARIS' DANCE. However, it does have a song written for the 1955 film version, BORED, interpolated and sung by Anne Jeffreys (the only tainted bit as her voice really isn't up to those high notes). Lee Venora, Richard Banke and Jeffreys do wonderfully in their recreated roles - good acting, good singing. Drake is again superb, even more finely honed a performance than in the original. Henry Calvin recreates his role as the Wazir. A superb package very finely done."
Great Performances
DRB | 06/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have listened to the four main recordings of this gorgeous music. The original cast recording is a good but old recording. The movie has the wrong cast. The most recent staging has some beautiful voices but is hurt by how Dom DeLuise's voice blends with them, particularly in the "This is My Beloved" quartet. This 1964 Lincoln Center revival has great performances. I am particularly thrilled by Lee Venora's voice and musicianship. Listen to her scale down at the end of "Baubles" - the best performance I have heard of that beautiful song. The quartet is beautiful. It would be great for this recording to be remastered and re-released, since the post 1960 era recordings have often come out really great when the remastering work is done well. Hope that happens."
Sparkling
DRB | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wonderful that this recording is available on CD at last! Outstanding performances from the principals, in particular Anne Jeffreys, who combines operatic power and control with a comedienne's timing. "Bored", written for this production, is a delight. Alfred Drake is in top form and Henry Calvin, as the evil Wazir, shines blackly."