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The Arthur Fiedler Legacy: From Fabulous Broadway to Hollywood's Reel Thing

  • 1. Fantasticks, musical: Medley: Overture / Never Say No / They Were You / Soon It's Gonna Rain / Try to Remember / Metaphor, The
    2. Knickerbocker Holiday, musical play: September Song
    3. Gay Divorce, musical: Night And Day
    4. State Fair, film score: It Might As Well Be Spring
    5. Mary Poppins, musical: Medley: A Spoonful Of Sugar / Jolly Holiday / Feed The Birds / Stay Awake / Supercalifragilistidexp
    6. Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Medley: Fiddler On The Roof / Matchmaker / Far From The Home I Love / Miracle Of Miracles / Sunrise
    7. Man of la Mancha, musical: Medley: Man Of La Mancha / Dulcinea / Aldonza / Golden Helmet Of Mambrino / I'm Only Thinking Of Hi
    8. Company, musical: Medley: Another Hundred People / Poor Baby / What Would We Do Without You? / Someone Is Waiting / S
    9. Hair, musical: Medley: Aquarius / Donna / Frank Mills / Initials / Ain't Got No / Hair / Be-In (Hare Krishna) / Ai
    10. Godspell, musical: Day by Day
    11. Sugar, musical play: Doin' It For Sugar
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Midnight Cowboy, film score: Theme
    2. Raindrops keep fallin' on my head (for the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid")
    3. Alfie (for the film score "Alfie"): Theme
    4. Portnoy's Complaint, film score: Theme
    5. Summer of '42, film score: The Summer Knows, The
    6. Garden Of The Finzi-Continis, film score: Micol's Theme, The
    7. Could You Put Your Light On, Please?, song
    8. Lovers And Other Strangers, film score: For All We Know
    9. Godfather, film score: Love Theme, The
    10. Romeo and Juliet, film score: Love Theme
    11. Days of Wine and Roses (for the film The Days of Wine and Roses)
    12. Robin Hood, film score: Medley: Love / The Happy Song / Whistle-Stop / Oo-de-lally / The Archery Affair
    13. Happiest Millionaire, film score: Medley: Detroit / Are We Dancing / Strengthening the Dwelling / What's Wrong With That? / Watch You, The
    14. Condor Pasa, El
    15. Mrs. Robinson
    16. Evergreen, song (for the film A Star is Born), song
    17. Send in the Clowns (from the musical "A Little Night Music")
    18. Jaws, film score: Main Title
    19. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Main Theme

    Code: QZZQ

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4776124

  • Credits

    Personnel: Paul Fried (alto flute); Fred Buda (drums).
    Recording information: Boston, Symphony Hall.
    Photographer: Milton Feinberg.
    Arrangers: Jack Mason; Eric Knight; James Christensen; Ian Freebairn-Smith; Peter Bodge; Richard Hayman.
    Arthur Fiedler spent the last decade of his career with the Boston Pops signed to Deutsche Grammophon, resulting in some of the best-sounding records of his career. Much of that output was more on the "pops" than the classical side of his repertory, and this CD assembles the highlights of his theater music recordings. The sound glistens throughout, in what can only be called audiophile-quality splendor -- the Deutsche Grammophon masters have held up beautifully and have been elegantly digitized for this double-CD set. As to the music itself, how one receives Disc One will depend upon the listener's tolerance for medleys from Broadway and off-Broadway shows (and Disney movies) of the period (The Fantasticks, which opens the set, was still running at the time and, indeed, starting to attract attention with the length of its run at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, which ultimately stretched out to 41 years). More of Disc Two is given over to film music -- with a few detours into Stephen Sondheim territory, among other theatrical repertory -- and will probably be more accessible to listeners. It also closes out with the main themes from Jaws and Star Wars by John Williams (Fiedler's successor leading the Pops). These were also among the last recordings that Fiedler did. The set is well-annotated and the entire production is first-rate. ~ Bruce Eder

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