Bizet/Hammerstein - Carmen Jones | Naxos - Nostalgia 8120875

Bizet/Hammerstein - Carmen Jones

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Label: Naxos - Nostalgia

Cat No: 8120875

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd February 2009

Contents

Artists

Muriel Smith
Luther Saxon
Carlotta Franzell
Glenn Bryant
June Hawkins
Cozy Cole
Jessica Russell
Pearl Bailey
Levern Hutcherson
Marilyn Horne

Conductors

Joseph Littau
Herschel Burke Gilbert

Works

Hammerstein, Oscar II

Carmen Jones

Artists

Muriel Smith
Luther Saxon
Carlotta Franzell
Glenn Bryant
June Hawkins
Cozy Cole
Jessica Russell
Pearl Bailey
Levern Hutcherson
Marilyn Horne

Conductors

Joseph Littau
Herschel Burke Gilbert

About

Carmen Jones is a 1943 Broadway musical, later made into a 1954 musical film; the play also ran for a season in 1991 at London's Old Vic and most recently in London's Royal Festival Hall in the South Bank Centre in 2007.

It is an updating of the Georges Bizet opera Carmen in an African-American setting. The Broadway musical was produced by Billy Rose, using an all-black cast. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the dialogue and lyrics, but stuck rather closely to Bizet's original music, which was re-orchestrated for a Broadway orchestra by Robert Russell Bennett.

The original Broadway cast members were nearly all new to the stage; Kennedy and Muir write that on the first day of rehearsal only one member had ever been on a stage before.

The 1954 film was adapted by Hammerstein and Harry Kleiner. It was directed by Otto Preminger and starred Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.

Contents:
Original Broadway Cast Recording 1943:
- Muriel Smith (Carmen)
- Luther Saxon (Joe)
- Carlotta Franzell (Cindy Lou)
- Glenn Bryant (Husky Miller)
- June Hawkins (Myrt)
- Cozy Cole (Drummer)
- Jessica Russell (Frankie)
with Joseph Littau (Conductor)

Film Soundtrack 1954 (Excerpts):
- Datís Love: Marilyn Horne & Chorus
- Dereís A Cafe On De Corner: Marilyn Horne
- Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A Drum: Pearl Bailey
- Card Song: Marilyn Horne, Pearl Bailey & Chorus
- Duet And Finale: LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne (Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte speaking)
with Herschel Burke Gilbert (conductor)

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