12th September 2010
A propos of nothing particular, or perhaps everything in general, thought I’d post these videos. You know how keen I am on good lyrics. And this combination of music and lyrics is pure genius. Not to mention the performance by Judi Dench. How DOES she get tears to stop just there where the light can catch them? Even Tony Blair never quite managed this.
I was reminded of this masterpiece in a car park yesterday afternoon. I sat there transfixed for about 20 minutes and was late for my appointment.
Radio 4’s Soul Music, on Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Send In the Clowns’. The musical analysis around 18 minutes is so instructive for upcoming classic song writers. You can hear it here for six days.
Judi Dench – Send In the Clowns, 1996
Her Olivier Award winning performance from “A Little Night Music”, given here on a British talkshow as a promo spot done during the run on London’s West End in 1996.
Stephen Sondheim’s song, Send In the Clowns, from the musical ‘A Little Night Music’ was written late in rehearsals for the actress Glynnis Johns, playing the part of Desiree. A song of regret and anger, the part has famously been played by Judi Dench, and the song became an independent hit, sung by Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey and Barbra Striesand. Hannah Waddingham played the youngest ever Desiree in Trevor Nunn’s production, and used her memories of an unhappy relationship to inspire her performance.
Watch a clip of Dame Judi Dench singing ‘Send in the Clowns’ from the ‘Stephen Sondheim at 80’ concert at the 2010 BBC Proms. Dame Judi Dench
Listen to Stephen Sondheim talking about his 80th birthday BBC Prom. Stephen Sondheim
Judi Dench – “Send In the Clowns” from Hey, Mr. Producer!
Sondheim teaches Send In The Clowns
Stephen Sondheim teaches a student from the Guildhall School of Music, London a fragment of ‘Send in the Clowns’
Radio 4’s Soul Music: Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Send In the Clowns’. Listen again for six days.
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