Program 174
"Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 2"

MUSIC: Rodgers: excerpt from “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair [Naxos 8.555024, track 6  [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.  Stay with me for the next hour and we’ll listen together to music from the Broadway musicals of Richard Rodgers without the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein on  “Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 2.”

MUSIC:
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Those of you who were with me for “Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 1” heard Rodgers ballet music: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue  from On Your Toes and Ghost Town. But, of course, Richard Rodgers is most famous for the Broadway musicals he wrote, first with lyrics by Lorenz Hart, then with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Well, the next hour is going to be completely devoted to the great songs he wrote with Hammerstein, but, for a change of pace, we’ll hear them all in orchestral versions without the Hammerstein lyrics, starting with their first, groundbreaking collaboration, Oklahoma! and continuing with South Pacific, The King & I, and Carousel.

Here’s Paul Freeman conducting the Orchestra of the Americas with music from Oklahoma! as arranged by Robert Russell Bennett from a 1993 Intersound Pro-Arte compact disc.

MUSIC: Rodgers: Oklahoma! performed by the Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Paul Freeman [Intersound Pro-Arte CDB 8307, track 1  [10:58]

Paul Freeman conducted the Orchestra of the Americas with music from Richard Rodgers’ Oklahoma! as arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

You are listening to “Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 2” on this hour of Compact Discoveries, which is devoted to Rodgers’ music to famous Broadway musicals. Let’s continue with selections from South Pacific as performed by Richard Hayman and His Orchestra on a 1989 Naxos compact disc.

MUSIC:
Rodgers: South Pacific, performed by Richard Hayman and His Orchestra [Naxos 8.555024, track 7]
  [15:30]

Selections from Richard Rodgers’ South Pacific performed by Richard Hayman and His Orchestra.

You are listening to “Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 2” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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We’ll stay with Richard Hayman and His Orchestra and the same Naxos CD for selections from The King and I.

MUSIC:
Rodgers: selections from The King and I  [Naxos 8.555024, track 9  [12:14]

Richard Hayman and His Orchestra played selections from Richard Rodgers’ music for The King and I.

I’m going to try to squeeze in one more orchestral treatment of a Richard Rodgers’ Broadway musical, this time performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri. The arrangement is by the famous American orchestrator, arranger and composer, Morton Gould, and it’s called Carousel: A Symphonic Portrait. This is from a 1996 Philips compact disc.

MUSIC:
Rodgers/Gould: Carousel: A Symphonic Portrait performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri [Philips 446 404 2, track 1
  [15:58]

Carousel: A Symphonic Portrait.  The tunes are by Richard Rodgers, the arrangement by Morton Gould, the compact disc by Philips. John Mauceri conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

And that concludes this hour of Compact Discoveries devoted to “Rodgers without Hammerstein, Part 2.” I hope you enjoyed the music. This is Fred Flaxman thanking you for listening.

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Total Program Timing: 58:00


 
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