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  • The only Operetta by Broadway composer, Charles Strouse.
  • Original London Cast. Complete recording on 1 CD. Music by Broadway legend Charles Strouse, composer of Annie and Bye Bye Birdie.

Broadway legend, Charles Strouse, the composer of some of Broadway’s greatest hits (ANNIE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, APPLAUSE and GOLDEN BOY) wrote this charming musical for London. It is based on the children’s classic by Hans Christian Andersen, The Nightingale and The Emperor. One of the musical theatre most famous stars, Sarah Brightman sang the title role of The Nightingale.

This gentle and beautiful piece has appealed to both children and adults in many productions throughout the World since it’s premiere at The Lyric Theatre, London. This complete recording is of the Original London Cast of that production. It is being released for the first time on CD and has been digitally re-mastered.

“A ravishing spectacle….a serious and touching piece of work that repays attention and, I would imagine, a second hearing….” The Financial Times.

“Mr.Strouse delivers an astute blend of oriental sonorities and jazz rhythms, solos that really relate to birdsong, and an operatically thrilling trio for the last act rescue….” The Times

“An unexpected joy….Peter James’ production sends them dancing into the street…..easy flowing but not unadventurous music, alternating between a grave charm and straight-faced satire, is carried out to near perfection….” The Stage.

TRACK LISTING

  1. Prologue
  2. Perfect Harmony – Company
  3. Perfect Harmony (Reprise) – Gordon Sandison, Company
  4. Nobody Ever Sang For Me – Gordon Sandison
  5. Why Am I So Happy? – Susannah Fellows
  6. Take Us To The Forest – Company
  7. Who Are These People? – Sarah Brightman
  8. Never Speak Directly To An Emperor – Bruce Ogston, Grant Smith, Susannah Fellows, Company
  9. Nightingale – Company
  10. The Emperor Is A Man – Susannah Fellows
  11. I Was Lost – Sarah Brightman, Gordon Sandison
  12. Entr’acte
  13. Charming – Jill Pert, Dinah Harris
  14. A Singer Must Be Free – Sarah Brightman
  15. The Mechanical Bird – Carole Brooke, Company
  16. Please Don’t Make Me Hear That Song Again – Carole Brooke
  17. Rivers Cannot Flow Upwards – Sarah Brightman, Susannah Fellows
  18. Death Duet – Sarah Brightman, Gordon Sandison, Michael Heath, Susannah Fellows
  19. We Are China / Finale – Sarah Brightman, Company
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605288132728

Format

Genre

1. Prologue
2. Perfect Harmony - Company
3. Perfect Harmony (Reprise) - Gordon Sandison, Company
4. Nobody Ever Sang For Me - Gordon Sandison
5. Why Am I So Happy? - Susannah Fellows
6. Take Us To The Forest - Company
7. Who Are These People? - Sarah Brightman
8. Never Speak Directly To An Emperor - Bruce Ogston, Grant Smith, Susannah Fellows, Company
9. Nightingale - Company
10. The Emperor Is A Man - Susannah Fellows
11. I Was Lost - Sarah Brightman, Gordon Sandison
12. Entr'acte
13. Charming - Jill Pert, Dinah Harris
14. A Singer Must Be Free - Sarah Brightman
15. The Mechanical Bird - Carole Brooke, Company
16. Please Don't Make Me Hear That Song Again - Carole Brooke
17. Rivers Cannot Flow Upwards - Sarah Brightman, Susannah Fellows
18. Death Duet - Sarah Brightman, Gordon Sandison, Michael Heath, Susannah Fellows
19. We Are China / Finale - Sarah Brightman, Company