Track ListingClick tracks with speaker icon to listen
|1.01||The Ballad of Sweeney Todd||2:50|
|1.02||No Place Like London||6:50|
|1.03||The Worst Pies in London||2:45|
|1.06||The Ballad of Sweeney Todd||0:46|
|1.07||Green Finch and Linnet Bird||2:22|
|1.10||Pirelli's Miracle Elixir||3:43|
|1.12||The Ballad of Sweeney Todd||0:33|
|1.16||Ladies in Their Sensitivities||2:15|
|1.17||Kiss Me, Part 2||1:40|
|2.03||A Little Priest||7:33|
|2.04||God, That's Good!||5:29|
|2.06||By the Sea||4:03|
|2.07||Not While I'm Around (listen to full-length track)||4:32|
|2.08||The Judge's Return||6:43|
|2.09||The Ballad of Sweeney Todd||2:58|
News & Reviews
- Monday, September 9, 2013
Stephen Sondheim, who was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal in August, discussed the award and much more on PBS NewsHour last night. While at The MacDowell Colony to receive the award last month, the composer spoke with Jeffrey Brown, NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about the honor and the danger of resting on one's laurels. Writer Frank Rich, who was the chairman of the medal selection committee, tells the show: "I'd argue that he single-handedly has kept the musical theater in a serious place." Watch the PBS NewsHour feature here.
- Monday, August 12, 2013
Stephen Sondheim was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal in a public ceremony at The MacDowell Colony in Petersborough, New Hampshire, yesterday. Sondheim joins a notable list of past Medal recipients, including Robert Frost, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Leonard Bernstein; this marks the first time in the medal's history a luminary has been chosen from the realm of musical theatre. "I am not only humbled and privileged," says Sondheim, "I am astonished to be in the company." Writer Frank Rich, chairman of the medal selection committee, says: "No artist has made a larger contribution to this quintessential American art form in the modern era than Sondheim has, and no artist could be more deserving of this accolade."
About this Album
Nonesuch released the cast album from the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in January 2006. Originally produced in 1979, Sweeney Todd had not been seen on Broadway in more than 16 years. Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (Evita) and Michael Cerveris (Assassins) lead the ten-person cast as Mrs. Lovett / Tuba, Percussion and Sweeney Todd / Guitar. The record was produced by Tommy Krasker.
Directed and designed by John Doyle, with music supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd received numerous accolades since its opening at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in October 2005. The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini says, “Whatever Ms. Travis’s scoring loses in strength it gains in subtlety. Mr. Sondheim’s curious contrapuntal inner voices come through vividly, which brings out the music’s transfixing strangeness. Also, because the balances favor the singers, Mr. Sondheim’s ingenious lyrics leap off the stage at you. Though I will never tire of hearing [Jonathan] Tunick’s remarkable orchestration on the original cast album, I find Ms. Travis’s work revelatory.”
Rounding out the cast—which is entirely composed of musician/actors, who also act as the orchestra—are: John Arbo (Jonas Fogg / Bass), Donna Lynne Champlin (Pirelli / Accordion, Piano, Flute), Diana DiMarzio (Beggar Woman / Clarinet), Manoel Felciano (Tobias / Violin, Clarinet, Piano), Alexander Gemignani (The Beadle / Piano, Trumpet), Mark Jacoby (Judge Turpin / Trumpet, Percussion), Benjamin Magnuson (Anthony / Cello, Piano), and Lauren Molina (Johanna / Cello). The Sweeney Todd book was written by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond.
Sweeney Todd is based on the 19th-century legend of a London barber, who is driven to crime when a malevolent judge takes his wife and child from him. His plan for revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswomen, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.
Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s previous Nonesuch recordings include Into the Woods (2002), The Frogs / Evening Primrose (2001), Saturday Night (2000), and Bounce (2004).
Patti LuPone, tuba, percussion
Michael Cerveris, guitar
Mark Jacoby, trumpet, percussion
Donna Lynne Champlin, accordion, piano, flute
Manoel Felciano, violin, clarinet, piano
Alexander Gemignani, piano, trumpet
John Arbo, bass
Diana DiMarzio, clarinet
Benjamin Magnuson, cello, piano
Lauren Molina, cello
Produced by Tommy Krasker
Recorded November 14-15, 2005, at Avatar Studios, NY, NY
Engineered by Tom Lazarus
Assistant Engineers: Peter Doris, Chad Lupo
Edited by Bart Migal at Classic Sound, NY, NY
Mixed by Tom Lazarus at Classic Sound
Mastered by Joe Lambert at TruTone Mastering, NY, NY
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Design by Think Studio
Recording executive producer: Robert Hurwitz