Stepehn Holder on the Sondheim Tribute

The NYTimes discusses the NY birthday concert for Sondhim’s 80th: “Recent revivals of Sondheim shows using chamber orchestrations have shown how sturdy his music is, even in drastically reduced arrangements. But Monday’s concert demonstrated that there is still no substitute for a force as mighty as the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Paul Gemignani) playing songs conceived and orchestrated (most often by Jonathan Tunick) for a symphonic palette. The major songs from “Follies” and “A Little Night Music” in particular, are far-reaching ballads with melodic lines that sweep to the horizon.”


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