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Gussying Up

Dark deeds are cooking in this tale of revenge, madness, cannibalism, and the tonsorial arts…

When this musical hit Broadway, murder, mayhem, and madness had almost never been part of musical theatre. The macabre story concerns an insane Victorian barber who slaughters his clients and delivers them to his enterprising downstairs neighbor to bake into meat pies. In the meantime, he runs a mean business, despite the interference of some colorful competitors….

Music Heard On This Episode

Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville: Largo al Factotum
Sherrill Milnes, tenor/London Philharmonic Orch/George Solti, cond. — Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy: My Favorite Opera for Everyone (Decca, 1994)
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Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville: Largo al Factotum
Sherrill Milnes, tenor/London Philharmonic Orch/George Solti, cond. — Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy: My Favorite Opera for Everyone (Decca, 1994)
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Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica: Scherzo; Lullaby
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan — Strauss: Don Quixote; Ein Heldenleben; Symphonia Domestica (EMI Europe Generic, 2005)
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George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar: Eyes, I Adore You
Reneé Fleming, s/Orch of the Age of Enlightenment/Harry Bicket, cond. — Handel (Decca, 2004)
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Georges Bizet: Children's Games: Little Husband; Little Wife; The Ball
Montreal Symphony/Charles Dutoit, cond. — Fête à la Francaise (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Richard Wagner/ Leopold Stokowski, arr.: Parsifal: Act III Symphonic Synthesis
Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony — Modest Mussorgsky: Scenes from Boris Godunov / Richard Wagner: Scenes from Parsifal (Cala, 2006)
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Benjamin Britten: The Little Sweep: The Kettles Are Singing; O Why Do You Weep?
Finchley Children's Music Group/Choral Scholars of King's College Cambridge/Medici String Quartet — The Little Sweep, a Children's Opera in three scenes Op. 45 (EMI Classics Import, 2000)
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Hoagy Carmichael: Washboard Blues
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra — First of the Singer Songwriters Key Cuts 1924-46 (Jsp Records, 2004)
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Rodgers and Hammerstein: I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right out of my Hair
Mary Martin and Original Broadway Cast — South Pacific (SONY CLASSICS, 2009)
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Tan Dun: Water Passion After St. Matthew: Baptism
Soloists/RIAS Chamber Choir of Berlin/Tan Dun, cond. — Water Passion After St Matthew (Sony, 2002)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti, cond. — Symphony No. 3 " Eroica"; Fidelio Overture; The Consecration of the House (Capitol, 1993)
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Stephen Sondheim: Sweeney Todd: Pirelli's Miracle Elixir
Original Broadway Cast — Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (RCA, 2007)
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Tom Tykwer & Reinhold Heil: The Perfume
Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle, cond. — Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (EMI Classics, 2006)
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Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin: You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
Cast Members — Annie (Masterworks Broadway, 2009)
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