Romantic Duets from MGM Classics

Romantic Duets from MGM Classics

CD

Overview

The selection of composers is a mixed bag, from giants like Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter down to studio-employed figures such as Nicholas Brodszky. And the talent cuts across from recording legends (Bing Crosby, Ethel Waters, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney) to figures much more lastingly associated with movies ($Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Blyth), and not always associated with music (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson). But the treatment is consistent and rewarding -- the producers have gone back to the best existing audio sources, and the result is audio quality that, in some instances, is superior to any film or video incarnation that one is likely to hear of this material. The richness and clarity are sufficient so that one doesn't miss the visual component on most of the material, and the fidelity on some of the songs will surprise those who only know them from broadcast, VHS, or early DVD sources -- indeed, it is surprising how well "Ain't Nature Grand" from Dangerous When Wet, which didn't feature any particularly special vocal talent (Esther Williams et al) works as an audio cue; that and "Breezin' Along with the Breeze," featuring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, are both great tributes to the skills of arranger/orchestrator Skip Martin. And, in fact, the distillation of the music out of the film production numbers allows one to focus in on the quality of the MGM music department more directly than seeing the movies themselves would -- and that makes this CD an essential acquisition for serious music listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227282622
catalogNumber: 72826

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Rosemary Clooney   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Four Freshmen   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Gene Kelly   Track Performer
Debbie Reynolds   Track Performer
Connie Francis   Track Performer
André Previn   Conductor
Ethel Waters   Track Performer
Desi Arnaz   Track Performer
Anita Ellis   Track Performer
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Nelson Eddy   Track Performer
Mario Lanza   Track Performer
Tony Martin   Track Performer
Kathryn Grayson   Track Performer
Jane Powell   Track Performer
Howard Keel   Track Performer
José Ferrer   Track Performer
Ann Blyth   Track Performer
Adolph Deutsch   Conductor
Hall Johnson Choir   Track Performer
Lennie Hayton   Conductor
Peter Lawford   Track Performer
Jeanette MacDonald   Track Performer
Mickey Rooney   Track Performer
David Rose   Conductor
George Stoll   Conductor
Herbert Stothart   Conductor
Lucille Ball   Track Performer
John Green   Conductor
June Allyson   Track Performer
Barbara Whiting   Track Performer
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson   Track Performer
Charlotte Greenwood   Track Performer
Betty Noyes   Track Performer
Grace Kelly   Track Performer
Fernando Lamas   Track Performer
Denise Darcel   Track Performer
Jack Carson   Track Performer
William Demarest   Track Performer
Joan Weldon   Track Performer
Esther Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Hugo Friedhofer   Arranger
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Arranger
Alexander Courage   Orchestration
Skip Martin   Arranger,Orchestration
David Rose   Arranger,Orchestration
Conrad Salinger   Arranger,Orchestration
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Roger Edens   Arranger
George Feltenstein   Producer,Liner Notes
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
George Bassman   Arranger,Orchestration
Herbert Stothart   Arranger,Orchestration
Hall Johnson   Contributor,Choir Arrangement
Robert Franklyn   Orchestration
Wally Heglin   Orchestration
Joe Mazzu   Arranger,Orchestration
Robert Van Epps   Arranger,Orchestration
George Forrest   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
George W. Meyer   Composer
E. Ray Goetz   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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