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Sweeney Todd (Film Soundtrack) (Highlights)

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  • The soundtrack to the Tim Burton–directed film of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, first released on Nonesuch in 2007, receives its first-ever vinyl edition in a two-LP set out now. The film, which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, is an adaptation by John Logan of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and the late Alan Rickman. "Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme—I am tempted to say evil—genius," exclaimed the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "This Sweeney is a bloody wonder," raved Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, "intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score."

  • The soundtrack to the Tim Burton–directed film of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, first released on Nonesuch in 2007, will receive its first-ever vinyl edition on November 13, 2020, in a two-LP set, available to pre-order now. The film, which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, is an adaptation by John Logan of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and the late Alan Rickman. "Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme—I am tempted to say evil—genius," exclaimed the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "This Sweeney is a bloody wonder," raved Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, "intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score."

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    Nonesuch releases the soundtrack to Dream Works and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Tim Burton–directed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is an adaptation by John Logan of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 Tony Award–winning musical. It stars Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Helena Bonham Carter (Mrs. Lovett), and Alan Rickman (Judge Turpin). The film is produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, and John Logan. Sweeney Todd will be in theaters beginning December 21.

    Longtime Sondheim collaborators orches­trator Jonathan Tunick and music supervisor Paul Gemignani also worked on the soundtrack, which was produced by Mike Higham and recorded in London. (A highlights version of the soundtrack will be released simultaneously.)

    Rounding out the cast—all of whom sing their own parts—are Timothy Spall (Beadle Bamford), Sacha Baron Cohen (Adolfo Pirelli), Jayne Wisener (Johanna), Jamie Campbell Bower (Anthony), Laura Michelle Kelly (Beggar Woman), and Edward Sanders (Tobias Ragg).

    Sweeney Todd is based on the nineteenth century legend—from an adaptation by Christopher Bond—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 businesswoman, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.

    The most recent Broadway production of Sweeney Todd was in 2005, directed by John Doyle. Nonesuch released the cast album for that Tony Award–winning revival, in which the singer/actors also performed the score on musical instruments. Doyle’s production currently is touring the United States. (The original 1979 production was directed by Harold Prince.)

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    A TIM BURTON FILM

    Johnny Depp is

    SWEENEY TODD
    The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Directed by TIM BURTON
    Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Screenplay by JOHN LOGAN
    Based on the Musical by STEPHEN SONDHEIM & HUGH WHEELER
    Book by HUGH WHEELER
    Originally Staged by HAROLD PRINCE
    From an Adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND

    MUSICIANS
    Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd (2, 5, 8, 11-14, 16)
    Helena Bonham Carter, Mrs. Lovett (3-5, 8, 10, 13, 15-17)
    Alan Rickman, Judge Turpin (11)
    Sacha Baron Cohen, Pirelli (9)
    Jayne Wisener, Johanna (6)
    Jamie Campbell Bower, Anthony (2, 7, 14)
    Laura Michelle Kelly, Beggar Woman (14)
    Edward Sanders, Tobias (8, 15, 17)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recording produced by Mike Higham
    Orchestra recorded by Jake Jackson and Geoff Foster at Air Lyndhurst Studios, London
    Conducted by Paul Gemignani
    Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
    Additional orchestrations by Julian Kershaw
    Additional arrangements by Mike Higham and Alex Heffes
    Vocals for Mr. Depp produced by Bruce Witkin
    Vocals Recorded by Andy Richards and Mike Higham at Out of Eden, London
    Rugby School chapel organ played by Andy Richards
    Music editors: Sam Southwick, John Warhurst
    Mixed by Andy Richards at Out of Eden, London
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME
    Laura Michelle Kelly appears courtesy of EMI/Angel Records
    Executive soundtrack album producers: Tim Burton and Robert Hurwitz
    Executive in charge of music for Warner Bros. Pictures: Doug Frank

    All music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim

    Design by Gabriele Wilson

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on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Monday, December 17, 2007 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Soundtrack highlights from Tim Burton–directed film (2008 Golden Globe winner for Best Picture) of the Stephen Sondheim musical starring Johnny Depp in a performance the New York Times called "stunning in every dimension."

Description: 

Nonesuch releases the soundtrack to Dream Works and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Tim Burton–directed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is an adaptation by John Logan of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 Tony Award–winning musical. It stars Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Helena Bonham Carter (Mrs. Lovett), and Alan Rickman (Judge Turpin). The film is produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, and John Logan. Sweeney Todd will be in theaters beginning December 21.

Longtime Sondheim collaborators orches­trator Jonathan Tunick and music supervisor Paul Gemignani also worked on the soundtrack, which was produced by Mike Higham and recorded in London. (A highlights version of the soundtrack will be released simultaneously.)

Rounding out the cast—all of whom sing their own parts—are Timothy Spall (Beadle Bamford), Sacha Baron Cohen (Adolfo Pirelli), Jayne Wisener (Johanna), Jamie Campbell Bower (Anthony), Laura Michelle Kelly (Beggar Woman), and Edward Sanders (Tobias Ragg).

Sweeney Todd is based on the nineteenth century legend—from an adaptation by Christopher Bond—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 businesswoman, who is soon producing the tastiest meat pies in London.

The most recent Broadway production of Sweeney Todd was in 2005, directed by John Doyle. Nonesuch released the cast album for that Tony Award–winning revival, in which the singer/actors also performed the score on musical instruments. Doyle’s production currently is touring the United States. (The original 1979 production was directed by Harold Prince.)

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recording produced by Mike Higham
Orchestra recorded by Jake Jackson and Geoff Foster at Air Lyndhurst Studios, London
Conducted by Paul Gemignani
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Additional orchestrations by Julian Kershaw
Additional arrangements by Mike Higham and Alex Heffes
Vocals for Mr. Depp produced by Bruce Witkin
Vocals Recorded by Andy Richards and Mike Higham at Out of Eden, London
Rugby School chapel organ played by Andy Richards
Music editors: Sam Southwick, John Warhurst
Mixed by Andy Richards at Out of Eden, London
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME
Laura Michelle Kelly appears courtesy of EMI/Angel Records
Executive soundtrack album producers: Tim Burton and Robert Hurwitz
Executive in charge of music for Warner Bros. Pictures: Doug Frank

All music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim

Design by Gabriele Wilson

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

356540

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 05:00
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UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597996135BUN
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MP3
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075597996111
Price: 
9.00
Artist Name: 
Stephen Sondheim
MusicianDetails: 

A TIM BURTON FILM

Johnny Depp is

SWEENEY TODD
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Directed by TIM BURTON
Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Screenplay by JOHN LOGAN
Based on the Musical by STEPHEN SONDHEIM & HUGH WHEELER
Book by HUGH WHEELER
Originally Staged by HAROLD PRINCE
From an Adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND

MUSICIANS
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd (2, 5, 8, 11-14, 16)
Helena Bonham Carter, Mrs. Lovett (3-5, 8, 10, 13, 15-17)
Alan Rickman, Judge Turpin (11)
Sacha Baron Cohen, Pirelli (9)
Jayne Wisener, Johanna (6)
Jamie Campbell Bower, Anthony (2, 7, 14)
Laura Michelle Kelly, Beggar Woman (14)
Edward Sanders, Tobias (8, 15, 17)

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