This British release is part of a two volume set which presents
Romberg songs conducted by Romberg.
This second volume includes songs from My Maryland,
The New Moon, Viennese
Nights, May Wine and Sunny
There are also three tracks from Up in
Central Park, splendidly performed by Jean Carlton, Larry
Douglas, Lois Hunt and William Diehl.
These three tracks are of particular interest because, of all recorded
versions, they may be the closest to reproducing the songs as they
were sung in the show. The cast recording was beautiful, but it's
not clear if the Broadway orchestrations were used, and the orchestra
and chorus sound rather "cut down". On these Romberg-conducted
recordings, made in October 1950, there are really luscious arrangements.
Close As Pages In A Book includes
the full verse which is almost never sung, and the orchestra really
soars before the final chorus. The Big Back
Yard includes an introductory verse and a middle section,
both about poet William Bryant who advocated the creation of the
park; these have never been recorded elsewhere. Larry Douglas and
the Robert Shaw Chorale make this a real rouser.
Fields tracks: Close As Pages In A Book, April Snow, The Big Back Yard