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Stephen Sondheim's
'Sweeney Todd' -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'A "killer diller" on all counts.'

Stephen Sondheim: Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. © 2012 BRmedia Service GmbH

And now, the complete Stephen Sondheim / Hugh Wheeler Sweeney Todd with a crack German Orchestra and Chorus ...

To celebrate the Müncher Rundfunkorchester's sixtieth birthday, Todd is released (on BR Klassik's 2CD 900316) with Ulf Schirmer, the orchestra's chief conductor also (since 2011) GMD and senior administrator of the Oper Leipzig.

American opera star, mezzo Jane Henschel (born 1952) cast as Mrs Lovett and British baritone Mark Stone (born 1969) as Sweeney Todd convey the blood-curdling partnership to striking effect.The theatre-going public were bowled over by Sondheims's unprecedented, dark, near-operatic writing...

Copyright © 4 March 2013 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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