MICHEL LEGRAND (b.1932): Between Yesterday and Tomorrow.
Catalogue Number: 01T063
Label: Sony Classical
Description: Towards the end of the 1960s, Michel Legrand offered Barbra Streisand an exceptional recording project: a suite of songs based on the works of Marilyn and Alan Bergman that chronicles a woman’s life from birth to death, passing through love and motherhood. Streisand jumped at the chance but in the end only recorded a few. Although Legrand had already composed more than half of the score, which evokes Schubert’s Winterreise or Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, filtered through blues, jazz and musical theatre, the project was shelved indefinitely until another queen of the musical stage arrived to bring it back to life: actress and soprano Natalie Dessay, who enjoys nothing more than a challenge and for whom no project is too ambitious. English-French texts. Natalie Dessay (vocalist), London Studio Orchestra; Michel Legrand.