Saturday, January 05, 2013

Preview: Classical Barbra - Barbra Streisand (Expanded)

Artist: Barbra Streisand
Title: Classical Barbra
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Label: Masterworks
Format(s): CD, DD

In 1976, Barbra Streisand took on one of the most adventurous albums of her career, Classical Barbra. The set featured Streisand's spectacular voice performing a classical repertoire, far outside her normal specialties in pop and Broadway.

Recorded in 1973, the album was produced and conducted by Claus Ogerman with music performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Streisand sang the songs not only in English, but also in French, German, Latin, Italian and Occitan.

The album was not one of Barbra's bigger successes, peaking at number 46. In the 36 years since, she has not seen a studio album fall short of the top 20. Still, the album sold over 500,000 copies to attain gold.

Columbia Masterworks will rerelease the album on February 5 in an expanded form with two tracks left off the original album, An Sylvia (To Sylvia) and Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, both written by Franz Schubert.

Leonard Bernstein said of the original album "Barbra Streisand's natural ability to make music takes her over to the classical field with extraordinary ease. It's clear that she loves these songs. In her sensitive, straightforward, and enormously appealing performance, she has given us a very special musical experience."

Track List:
  • Beau Soir (Debussy)
  • Brezairola – Berceuse (Canteloube)
  • Verschwiegene Liebe (Wolf)
  • Pavane (Vocalisé) (Fauré)
  • Après un Rêve (Fauré)
  • In Trutina (Orff)
  • Lascia ch’io pianga (Handel)
  • Mondnacht (Schumann)
  • Dank sei Dir, Herr (Ochs)
  • I Loved You (Ogerman)
  • An Sylvia (To Sylvia) (Schubert) (previously unreleased)
  • Auf dem Wasser zu Singen (Schubert) (previously unreleased)

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