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One Touch of Venus Studio Cast Recording (Jay) Double CD

2012 Studio Cast Recording

The First Complete Recording of this Kurt Weill classic

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  • Format: CD
  • Artist: Brent Barrett, Victoria Clark, Melissa Errico, Judy Kaye, Michael McKinsey, Ron Raines, Jacob Smith, Lauren Worsham
  • Composer: Kurt Weill
  • Lyricist: Ogden Nash
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Year of Recording: 2012
  • Cat Number: CDJAY21362
  • Barcode: 605288136221
  • Release Date: 13th May 2014
  • Label: Jay Records

CD Review by Playbill (Steven Suskin) 1st June 2014

This new studio recording not only fills out the score, it gives us the opportunity to hear Weill's distinctive orchestrations (which are only moderately audible on the primitive recording). The best of Venus is very good indeed, headed by one of Weill's not-very-many standards, one that ranks among the finest Broadway love songs ever: the haunting "Speak Low" ("When You Speak Love"). Martin–and Errico–also triumphed with "That's Him," a simple, "quiet" number which altogether stops the busy show in its tracks. ("You know the way you feel about the 'Rhapsody in Blue?' That's him" goes Nash's lyric.) The other big ballads are "Foolish Heart," a waltz for Venus, and "West Wind," which is sung by the third member of the romantic triangle at the story's heart.

Jay has done a fine job on this recording, bringing us a golden score that we really haven't quite heard. Errico is joined by Brent Barrett as Rodney Hatch, the modern-day (circa 1943) barber who Venus falls in love with; Ron Raines as Whitelaw Savory, the modern art aficionado who falls in love with Venus; and the aforementioned Vicky Clark. Also on hand are Judy Kaye and Lauren Worsham. The two-disc set also includes three songs that were cut prior to the opening, "Vive La Difference," "Who Am I," and "Love in a Mist."

Tracklisting:

Disc One:

1.OVERTURE
National Symphony Orchestra
2.NEW ART IS TRUE ART
Savory, Attendant and Students
3.ONE TOUCH OF VENUS
Molly and Girls
4.VENUS AWAKENING
Rodney and Venus
5.Scene One: CURTAIN MUSIC
Molly, Stanley and Savory
6.HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
Rodney and Gloria
7.VENUS ENTRANCE 1
Rodney and Venus
8.MRS. MOATS FALLS
Mrs. Moats, Rodney and Venus
9.I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF
Venus
10.FORTY MINUTES FOR LUNCH - BALLET
National Symphony Orchestra
11.INCIDENTAL
National Symphony Orchestra
12.WEST WIND
Savory and Venus
13.WAY OUT WEST IN JERSEY
Rodney, Mrs. Kramer, Gloria
14.WAY OUT WEST IN JERSEY encore
Rodney, Mrs. Kramer, Gloria
15.THAT'S HOW I AM SICK OF LOVE
Rodney and Gloria
16.ONE TOUCH OF VENUS reprise
chorus
17.VENUS ENTRANCE 2
Savory and Venus
18.FOOLISH HEART
Venus and Savory
19.FOOLISH HEART DANCE
National Symphony Orchestra
20.THE TROUBLE WITH WOMEN
Taxi, Savory, Stanley and Rodney
21.GLORIA DISAPPEARS
Venus and Gloria
22.SPEAK LOW
Venus and Rodney
23.ARTIST'S BALL
National Symphony Orchestra
24.DOCTOR CRIPPEN
Savory, Mrs. Kramer, Police Lieutenant, Rodney and Venus

Disc Two:

1.ENTR'ACTE
National Symphony Orchestra
2.VERY, VERY, VERY
Molly
3.VERY, VERY, VERY reprise
Molly
4.SPEAK LOW reprise
Rodney and Venus
5.CATCH HATCH
Savory, Molly, Taxi, Stanley, Mrs. Kramer and Anatolians
6.THAT'S HIM
Venus
7.WOODEN WEDDING
Rodney and Venus
8.VENUS IN OZONE HEIGHTS - BALLET
Venus and Rodney
9.BACCANALE
Chorus
10.STATUE RETURNS
Savory, Rodney and Girl
11.FINALETTO
Savory, Rodney and Girl
12.VIVE LA DIFFERENCE
Victoria Clark, Ron Raines and Melissa Errico
13.WHO AM I?
Ron Raines
14.LOVE IN A MIST
Melissa Errico

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