Go Back Home

Go Back Home

by Audra McDonaldAudra McDonald


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A classically trained soprano with a voice that can seemingly do anything, Audra McDonald was the most important new voice to hit musical theater in the 1990s, and while her work on stage, in films, and on television is at the center of her career, she has also found time to record an album here or there, and this one, her fifth solo studio release, and her first in some seven years, pretty much follows the template of the earlier ones, with a couple of songs from Stephen Sondheim ("The Glamorous Life" from A Little Night Music in the case here) and Rodgers & Hammerstein ("Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music), but most importantly, she continues to feature new and younger composers on her albums, and on Go Back Home, these newer pieces are the most striking, perhaps because they are the least familiar. The opener and title track, "Go Back Home" from The Scottsboro Boys, written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is a case in point. McDonald gives the song the exact amount of yearning and nuance, and she does the same to "First You Dream," another piece from Kander and Ebb, this one from Steel Pier. "Migratory V," from Saturn Returns, written by Adam Guettel, is another ethereal gem here. She also does versions of songs drawn from literary sources, two of which, "Some Days," drawn from a piece of writing by James Baldwin and set to music by Steve Marzullo, and "Tavern," based on a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay and given music by Will Reynolds, are included here. McDonald's voice astounds and seduces throughout Go Back Home, which is what we've come to expect from this great singer and interpreter. Hopefully we won't have to wait another seven years for her next solo outing.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2013
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597983371
catalogNumber: 517766
Rank: 235616

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Audra McDonald   Primary Artist
David Peel   French Horn
Hollis "Bud" Burridge   Trumpet
Donald Downs   Trumpet
Aaron Heick   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Steve Marzullo   Piano,Soloist
John Allred   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Jon Owens   Trumpet
Antoine Silverman   Violin,Concert Master
Theresa MacDonnell   French Horn
Gene Lewin   Drums
Mark Thrasher   Clarinet,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Hiroko Taguchi   Viola
Sean McDaniel   Drums
Mark Vanderpoel   Bass
Anja Wood   Cello
Alexandra Knoll   Oboe
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Pablo Rieppi   Percussion
Adam Krauthamer   French Horn
Michael Roth   Violin
Sara Hewitt-Roth   Cello
Will Swenson   Guitar,Soloist
Rick Heckman   Clarinet,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Einhorn   Piano,Soloist
Emily Yarbrough   Violin
Brian Hertz   Piano

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Edna St. Vincent Millay   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Bruce Coughlin   Orchestration
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Kevin Kuhn   Arranger
Arthur Moorhead   Producer
Doug Petty   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Steve Marzullo   Composer,Orchestration
Antoine Silverman   Arranger
Adam Guettel   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Michael John LaChiusa   Composer
Audra McDonald   Liner Notes
Larry Hochman   Orchestration
Michael Gibson   Orchestration
Zina Goldrich   Composer,Orchestration
Marcy Heisler   Composer
Michael Roth   Associate Concertmaster
Robert Edridge-Waks   Editorial Coordinator
James Baldwin   Composer
Karina Beznicki   Producer
David Dabbon   Orchestration
Andy Einhorn   Adaptation,Music Direction
Adam Gwon   Composer
Will Reynolds   Composer
Roy Henderickson   Engineer

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Go Back Home 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She had become a national treasure. This cd is a great showcase piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago