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CD REVIEW: John Franceschina - Music For the Theatre
By Ben Ohmart - 12/07/2002 - 12:48 PM EST

Artist: John Franceschina
Album: Music For the Theatre
CD Review: These live recordings of incidental music to plays are delights to have and to hold. VERY different from the usual Broadway stuff that comes in. These instrumentals are collected from various off-Broadway and regional shows, illustrating that the only thing 'Broadway' adds to the mix is an upped price. God, these are TUNEFUL. Over an hour of Pretty music (remember when music wasn't genre-oriented, but could be called Pretty?) for just twelve bucks. Doesn't seem possible anymore. Amazing.

Cotillion Dances from Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
1. Grand Promenade (4:02)
2. Schottische Rag (3:06)
3. "Whoopsie" (3:22)
4. Bosie's Quadrille (3:19)
Irish Suite from The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge
5. Aengus (2:22)
6. Cuchulain (1:17)
7. Conchubar (:48)
8. Fergus (1:38)
9. Cathleen Na Hoolihan (1:15)
10. Fiddler of Dooney (2:31)
Italian Suite from Mount Allegro by Eberle Thomas and Barbara Redmond
11. Prologue (1:00)
12. Tarantella Italianno (1:02)
13. Waltzing the Streets (1:32)
14. Tarantella Legere (:56)
15. Cantabile (1:10)
16. Reprise: Tarantella Italianno (2:06)
17. Epilogue (6:14)
Excerpts from Stag at Bay by Charles McArthur and Ben Hecht
18. Overture (Silly Time Bear) (:51)
19. Prelude to Act Three (Mushy Music) (1:35)
Theme from Let's Get a Divorce! by Victorien Sardou and Emile De Najac
20. Valse Satirique (2:00)
Excerpts from The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
21. Work Song (1:10)
22. Cotillion Waltz (4:42)
Rustic Suite from A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
23. Rustic Dance (2:16)
24. The Changeling (:44)
25. Dance of the Mechanicals (1:10)
Excerpt from The Dollmaker's Dilemma by Cheryl Faroane and Ellen Hickey
26. Toyshop Ballet (1:27)
Sylvan Suite from As You Like It by William Shakespeare
27. "Under the Greenwood Tree" (2:02)
28. Fair Rosalind (2:08)
29. Audrey (1:07)
30. Touchstone (:57)
31. Happy Endings (2:40)

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