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CD de audio , CD, Banda sonora, 19 feb 1999
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas One of the Greatest Musicals 9 de septiembre de 1999
Por Un cliente - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: CD de audio
"Company" -- along with "Follies", "A Little Night Music", and "Sweeney Todd", represents the pinnacle of Sondheim's achievement and a bastion of the greatest music Broadway has ever sponsored -- both from a musical and literary perspective. "Company" itself is by turns warm, acerbic, amusing, frantic, and is a magnificent expression of the convoluted emotional lives of modern urbanites. (Indeed, it has one of the most perceptive songs ever written about New York City--"Another Hundred People".) The ambiguity of the human spirit is a major theme running through Sondheim's ouvre of lyrics. (Which are, in my opinion, arguably the greatest body of lyrics composed for the stage, Gerschwin, Berlin, Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein & Hart AND the rest notwithstanding.) Such brilliant songs as "Sorry-Grateful", "Someone Is Waiting", and "Being Alive" attest to that. The words reach down into the gut, and even when cynical they ring true (as in the wonderful "The Ladies Who Lunch"). Although there have been alternative casts and revivals and numerous concert performances of the score, in whole or part, this original cast recording still towers above them all: Dean Jones' magnificent performance, fraught with all the pain and bemusement and alienation (the role nearly caused him to have a nervous breakdown, it affected him so much); that national treasure, Elaine Strich, in "The Little Things You Do Together" and the incomparable "The Ladies Who Lunch"; Beth Howland's tour-de-force panic attack while "Getting Married Today"; the wonderful cast (including Charles Kimbrough of "Murphy Brown" fame and Barbara Barrie, and alumnus of "Barney Miller"). Even the ostensibly "Big" crowd-pleaser numbers, like "Side by Side by Side", for all their conscious nods to popular tastes, have an edge-- how Bobby, at the end, finds himself alone when his married friends pair off with their spouses-- beside the wonderfully witty and insightful lyrics; in "Barcelona" -- one of the most realistic "post-coitus" numbers even written -- where Bobby, after insincere and fulsome praise of his recent bedmate, at a climax calls her "June" -- and she quietly corrects him-- "April" -- there's nothing quite like it, or many of the numbers, elsewhere in Musical Theater. ALL IN ALL -- this album is a classic, probably not for people with bubblegum tastes whose preferences run to the simpy or bathetic-- but for people of intelligence and introspection. It cannot be recommended too highly.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Sondheim masterpiece 1 de octubre de 2002
Por Byron Kolln - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: CD de audio
COMPANY is one of the greatest musicals to emerge from the 70's, which proved to be a rather thin decade for Broadway and the musicals.
COMPANY is a "concept musical" in the best sense of the word, where the songs act more as vignettes than form a scene-to-scene story. The cast, headed by Dean Jones and Elaine Stritch, has never been truly bettered.
Dean Jones, in his brief time as Bobby, displayed for the first time his rich and beautiful singer voice. After years playing the goofy leads of Disney comedies like "The Love Bug", "Monkeys Go Home" and "That Darn Cat", Jones was established as a Broadway star to be reckoned with. His renditions of "Someone is Waiting" as well as the life-affirming "Being Alive" are fantastic.
The supporting cast is headed by Elaine Stritch as Joanne, the sardonic older woman who sings the masterpiece "The Ladies who Lunch" (still yet to be equalled). Beth Howland, as kooky Amy, sings the difficult patter-sing "Getting Married Today" with gusto. Pamela Myers, in her Tony-nominated role as Marta, sings a mean rendition of "Another Hundred People". The rest of the cast; Barbara Barrie, Charles Kimbrough, Merle Louise, Charles Cunningham, Teri Ralston, George Coe, Steve Elmore, Charles Braswell, Donna McKechnie, Susan Browning, Cathy Corkill, Carol Gelfand, Marilyn Saunders and Dona D. Vaughn; all sing with gusto.
Stephen Sondheim certainly created what is considered one of his most polished and questioning scores; including "Barcelona", "Have I Got a Girl For You", "Sorry-Grateful", "Poor Baby" and the dance arrangement for "Tick-Tock", which provided a showcase for the galvanising dance talents of Donna McKechnie (who would go on to create the role of Cassie in the original cast of A CHORUS LINE).
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Brilliant! 16 de agosto de 2005
Por Kathleen Donaldson - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: CD de audio
"Company" was the first Sondheim-Prince collaboration, setting the pace for "Follies", "Pacific Overtures" and "Sweeney Todd", which were forthcoming. This is a brilliant score with melidious songs, urbane and witty lyrics and fascinating rhythms. Sondheim is at the top of his game, as is the cast. Dean Jones as Bobby is wonderful in all his numbers, mainly "Being Alive", Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers and Susan Browning are great in the tounge twister of a song called "You Can Drive A Person Crazy", Myers also scores in the classic, "Another Hundred People." But the real star of the show is Elaine Stritch. She is in her ultimate role. "The Little Things You Do Together" is great, but her "Ladies Who Lunch" is incomperable.

This is a highly recomended recording of my second-favorite score by Sondheim ("Follies" being my favorite). Oh yeah, and did I mention the orchestrations? The brillaint harpsicord\electric piano called a roxicord, the strings, the percussion, the brass. This is brilliant!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Still a Masterpiece, Over 30 Years Later 13 de octubre de 2002
Por LB RJ - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: CD de audio
"Company" stands the test of time as one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre ever produced, and the cast album preserves the most innovative element of the show, its glorious score by Stephen Sondheim. The music has not dated at all, and it still has a great deal of wise (if a bit cynical) things to say about negotiating the relationship minefield. The dazzling lyrics, the gorgeous music-- Sondheim's score has improved with age, and his melodic gift comes of age in this show.
The perfect cast was assembled for this great show. The great Dean Jones sings wonderfully, despite the pain of his ongoing divorce (perhaps because of it). His version of "Being Alive" is raw and fantastic. As a point of comparison, Larry Kert's cut of this song is included on the CD, and sounds great (rest in peace, Larry).
The phenomenal supporting cast includes the immortal Elaine Stritch, whose glorious foghorn of a voice fills "The Ladies Who Lunch" with whiskey-soaked rage and sarcasm. Beth Howland's dizzy "Getting Married Today" still dazzles (interesting bit of trivia-- this show introduced her to her long-time love, Charles Kimbrough). Pamela Myers' "Another Hundred People" is theatrical magic. The mixture of acting singers (like Sondheim stalwarts Teri Ralston and Merle Louise) and singing actors (Barbara Barrie, for example) gives the recording a witty, gritty edge. And the ensemble's performance of the wonderful title number and "Side by Side by Side" is peerless.
This is a great show-- and this is an important recording. The meticulous clean-up of the master for the CD is thorough and well done. For anyone who likes musical theatre and who wants to collect and listen to the seminal works, this must be on your list.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Haunting, melancholy, life-affirming -- a work of art 1 de junio de 2006
Por Anthony E. Pomes - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: CD de audio
Sometimes it's great not to have heard something in your youth - it makes it that much more enjoyable when you finally encounter it further down the line. I had already enjoyed Sondheim's genius work in the musicals "Sweeney Todd" and "Into the Woods" but only just heard "Company" for the first time this year. All I can say is I'll never hear the word "Barcelona" without thinking of Sondheim's gorgeous song of that name from this musical about the ups and downs of marriage and loneliness and how these states of being both mirror-reflect and contradict each other (sometimes at the same time, as Sondheim observes in the song "Sorry-Grateful").

I can't stop thinking about the song "Barcelona" - it's so beautiful that I find myself listening to it over and over again. Existentially, I feel like the whole world is nothing more or less than one person asking another "Where you going?" and hearing back "Barcelona" - in this equation, "Barcelona" is quite simply and symbolically someplace else. The wiseness of Sondheim's lyric and somber timbres of the music convince you once and for all that each one of us is going to his/her own private Barcelona - and, ultimately, we're all going there alone (even if someone is along for the ride, as it were).

As a recording, the music as performed by the orchestra on this 1970 recording of COMPANY is fresh and vibrant and shot through with dynamics - why don't the Broadway orchestra pits sound like this anymore? You can't beat real musicians playing real instruments - synths just don't cut it.

All vocal performances are top-notch - Elaine Stritch brings a delicious madness to "The Ladies Who Lunch," and I can't believe that the same Dean Jones who starred in Disney's LOVE BUG movie is the incredibly emotional voice of Bobby singing "Being Alive" on this album. I don't see why so many seem to have knocked his voice or his performance over the years - I thought Dean Jones captures the sweet desperation of "Being Alive" much better than the Larry Kert version.

There's a line in "Being Alive" along the lines of "Blow out the candles, Robert, and make a wish . . . Want something . . . want SOME-thing." I get a lump in my throat every time. This music is incredible - Sondheim really got it all down here and it's a blessing to the human race to be able to hear our lives played back to us in this way.

Buy this CD performance of the musical - it should be in everyone's music library . . .

Have a good trip to Barcelona, everyone.

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