New Worlds

New Worlds

by Bill Murray


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This thoroughly offbeat release arose as the result of a chance meeting in 2013 between comic actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler, and it has the kind of spontaneity that background might imply. Some will buy it on the strength of Murray's name, and you might sample sheer vaudevillian joy of his version of "It Ain't Necessarily So": it's worth the purchase price all by itself. Murray's "Jeanie with Light Brown Hair."..maybe not so much. But the attraction of the album is not the musical value of Murray's singing or Vogler's cello, but rather the variety of the program. Murray reads Walt Whitman and James Fenimore Cooper and Mark Twain, not to mention James Thurber, with classical chamber pieces as background, or solo. He's actually quite an effective reader, achieving a vernacular American tone without a hint of cornball. He sings. Vogler plays instrumental pieces. The Thurber is framed by Ravel's "Blues" movement from his "Violin Sonata in G major," not so much because of a perceived similarity in attitude, but because the phrasing works in the organization of the piece. Henry Mancini's "Moon River" breaks off for almost 15 minutes of Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, far longer than any of the other literary excerpts on the album, and for no very good reason. This damages the balance of the program as a whole, but it fits the program's lively spirit. As you might expect from Murray, it's a great deal of fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2017
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028948157914
catalogNumber: 002718702
Rank: 62897


  1. America, song (from "West Side Story")
  2. I Feel Pretty, song (from "West Side Story")
  3. Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story")
  4. Work(s): Blues From Sonata for Violin and Piano / "If Grant
  5. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, for voice & piano
  6. Work(s): Moon River / From "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
  7. When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God
  8. La muerte del ángel, tango (from Ángel series)
  9. Porgy and Bess, opera: It Ain't Necessarily So
  10. Work(s): Andante Un Poco Mosso From Trio No. 1 in B-Flat Ma
  11. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prelude
  12. Work(s): From "Song of the Open Road" And "Song of Myself"
  13. Work(s): The Swan / Blessing the Boats

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