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re: The Glamorous Life mix from Judy Dench production '95
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 10:32 am EDT 07/15/17
In reply to: re: The Glamorous Life mix from Judy Dench production '95 - Delvino 11:08 pm EDT 07/14/17

"Sondheim doesn't much like the Fredricka verses of 'Glamorous Life'" in which version?

In the film of NIGHT MUSIC, Fredrika sings a then newly-written version of "The Glamorous Life" through as one song, completely in voice-over except for the very beginning, but the various sections of it alternate with non-musical scenes of Desiree acting and touring around the country. On the film soundtrack album, those non-musical scenes are deleted, and the song is presented as one uninterrupted piece sung by Fredrika.

I completely agree about the combination of the show and film versions of "The Glamorous Life" on the National Theatre cast recording. For what it's worth, here's an except from my review of that recording:

"This recording features two major, controversial additions to the score: Fredrika’s extended solo version of 'The Glamorous Life,' a highlight of the NIGHT MUSIC film, and Charlotte’s 'My Husband the Pig,'” which was cut from the show before it opened on Broadway. Trying to shove these songs into the show score is questionable to begin with, and it’s done here with a consummate lack of skill. Fredrika’s 'Glamorous Life' is broken up into sections that are interrupted by bits of the original version sung by Desirée, Madame Armfeldt, and the Liebeslieder singers, while 'My Husband the Pig' is stuck into the middle of Carl-Magnus’s 'In Praise of Women.' It’s surprising that Sondheim allowed any of this; the 'Glamorous Life' conglomeration, in particular, is hard to listen to because it contains several bizarre modulations of key. "
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