Rodgers & Hammerstein

Rodgers & Hammerstein: Carousel / O.B.C.

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Product Type: CD

Artist: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Title: Carousel / O.B.C.

Carousel may have been one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's least popular shows at the time, but it's now considered one of the duo's most compelling offerings, and there are plenty of good recordings to choose from. Nicholas Hytner's much-praised production originated in London (with a cast album available on RCA/Victor) before successfully opening at Lincoln Center in New York. The CD's nicely illustrated booklet gives a fair idea of Bob Crowley's spectacular sets and costumes, which went a long way in helping Hytner reinvent the show (he got rid of "The Highest Judge of All," for instance). The American cast (only Michael Hayden's Billy Bigelow appeared in both cities) is as good as it gets, with special kudos going to Audra McDonald and her heavenly "Mister Snow." The original recording may have historical value, but this one's artistically and vocally top-notch.

1.1 Act One: Prologue: The Carousel Waltz
1.2 Act One: You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan
1.3 Act One: Mister Snow
1.4 Act One: If I Loved You (Introduction)
1.5 Act One: If I Loved You
1.6 Act One: Give It to 'Em Good, Carrie
1.7 Act One: June Is Bustin' Out All Over
1.8 Act One: Mister Snow (Reprise)
1.9 Act One: When the Children Are Asleep
1.10 Act One: Blow High, Blow Low
1.11 Act One: Soliloquy
1.12 Act Two: A Real Nice Clambake
1.13 Act Two: Geraniums in the Winder
1.14 Act Two: Stonecutters Cut It on Stone
1.15 Act Two: What's the Use of Wond'rin'
1.16 Act Two: You'll Never Walk Alone
1.17 Act Two: Ballet: Pas de Duex
1.18 Act Two: If I Loved You (Reprise)
1.19 Act Two: The Sermon
1.20 Act Two: You'll Never Walk Alone (Reprise)

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