A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela LansburyCatherine Zeta-Jones


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A Little Night Music 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK - Angela Lansbury, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sondheim, a highly anticipated "NIGHT MUSIC." Should be an absolute gem, right? I was so disappointed. Not in the lead characters, they were adequate. But WHY do these new revivals, especially the grand ones, reduce the orchestra to 8 or 9, maybe a dozen players (this is a practice that also ruined the revivals of "Company" and "Sweeney Todd" for me). I know - COST. But, this recording suffers from it. How I long for a recording of the Lincoln Center revival from the 90's that was broadcast on PBS. Now THAT was what Sondheim should sound like. And don't tell me the backers of this musical couldn't afford a full orchestra - it's SONDHEIM! That being said I would love to SEE the show live. I have a feeling some of the sparseness of the scoring would be absorbed by the lushness of the visuals. This was NOT the Sondheim I was expecting.
imajeepguyNY More than 1 year ago
The producer's decision to put this cast album out on two discs is a great one. This allows quite a bit of the dialogue to be included giving the listener a chance to really follow the story. It also highlights the tremendous ACTING abilities of its stars. Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones shine. Like the reviews for the show said, the supporting cast can at times get a little cartoonish and loud, especially the character of Anne and Henrik. But there are some great highlights on here as well, most notably "Every Day a Little Death", "The Miller's Son", "Liasons" and of course "Send in the Clowns". A must disc for any Sondheim fan. I saw this show on Broadway, and listening to these cds brought back all the joy I experienced sitting in the Walter Kerr Theater.
SimplySondheim More than 1 year ago
The new Broadway cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's classic 1973 musical A Little Night Music was highly anticipated. With the original cast recording a staple in any Sondheim fan's collection, this new recording had to exceed expectations. And, boy, did it ever. The cast is led by the wonderful Catherine Zeta-Jones, making her Broadway debut, in the role of Desiree Armfelt. She shines on the disc, nailing every moment, both comedic and dramatic. Her Send in the Clowns (one of Sondheim's most famous songs) is so full of depth and emotion, in every way. While Zeta-Jones is phenomenal, one of the best reasons to buy this disc is for Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfelt. She shines like no one else, her Liaisons a highlight on the disc. The rest of the cast is exceptional as well. My only (very mild) complaint is with Romona Mallory, playing Anne Egerman. She sometimes sounds very shrill and annoying, especially on A Weekend in the Country. I know this is part of the character, but it is sometimes jarring on disc. Alas, it doesn't happen very often, and gets less noticeable with each listen. Some may have qualms with the reduced orchestrations. While some have worked in the past (See: the 2005 Sweeney Todd revival) and some haven't (see: the 2008 Sunday in The Park With George revival), I have to say that the "chamber musical" orchestrations here lend themselves very well to the score. The only time I felt myself missing the original was during A Weekend in the Country. Overall, I highly recommend this recording to any fan of the Sondheim.
garydisarmadasco More than 1 year ago
I awaited the release of this cd as I have the original with G. John and H. Gingold and wanted to hear it with the better sound and finer effects that time and' technology has brought us. I never dared to buy the film soundtrack. I donit think I could have borne it. Don't mean to sound like a snob, but paying full price for a mostly dubbed soundtrack? Nope. So, I wait, happily until April for the CD, and, fortunately, it was released the day I had to schlep to the airport to pick some people up which gave me ample time to listen to it. I should have waited until I could have at least checked it out on iTunes, first. I was not prepared for how bad Zeta Jones, was. I knew she had a stronger and broader voice than John's...but had hope. I was let down. She couldn't sing it. She sang the soundtrack of 'Chicago' so well and was made for that role, as far as a Hollywood based actor could be. (do not want to get into the Broadway vs Hollywood choices that brought many arguments into my relationships...especially the Madonna in 'Evita' chord that I could not bear to think about although SHE did better than I had anticipated). Cannot say the same for Zeta Jones. When she sang the tear jerking (once one understands the song, which took me some time), 'Send in the Clowns'...it was just void of emotion. I usually, too, base my opinions on the lyrics and thusly on how the lyrics are dealt with. Zeta Jones, it seemed to me, did not understand what she was singing about. John's did it without the power that Zeta Jones, did....and it was more powerful in its raw, emotional revelation that the song is, brings. I also loved the young 'Hendrik' and his version of 'Later', one of my favorite Sondheim songs....both lyrically and musically. The male leads did their jobs well enough and Leigh Ann Larkin, a belter who was a great 'Baby June'...could have softened it up a bit, but the song itself is so sweet, I overlooked it and ended up enjoying it. Of course, Lansbury.....as always, is great. At 84 years old, she is still putting them out there. She does not have the quirkiness of Hermoine Gingold, but who does? Her songs, her vocals, her recitation, if that is what it is called, was great. 'Liaisons'...a great song sung from a disillusioned person who simply wants to live in her memories of happier times. Lansbury does this with ease. I see a 6th Tony for her this year. Zeta Jones, unfortunately, again is the problem. She is throughout the soundtrack but either does not get it, the lyrics, story...etc...or was incapable of doing it. She seems to want to, at every moment, break out of the restraints the director was putting on her to break out into 'Everything's Coming up Roses'....ala, well, anyone who has played Mama Rose. I mean, she is not awful and might do better in a role that is more edgy or louder but not this role...which calls for someone to be a player to all those on the outside, but is close to a breakdown, throughout. One just cannot do "Clowns" like "Roses"! I saw Judi Dench sing/speak through "Clowns" and it was amazing. Indeed, could Zeta Jones be simply too young for the role, and therefore unable to get across that which only one who has been 'there and back', several times, hurt, crushed, resurrected....etc...could bring to the role and its songs. Or....maybe I am being too mean. If you can....buy the "Best Of" version of the album unless you are like me, and want the full CD, every version of cert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago