Paul Gemignani / Original Broadway Cast

Passion [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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The unnerving tale of Fosca, an ugly, sickly woman, and her love for a handsome but indifferent soldier who is involved with a married woman, PASSION is in many ways Stephen Sondheim's darkest, grimmest show. It is also, however, a moving tribute to the healing powers of love and arguably, his most ambitious work to date. This is no ordinary musical full of showstoppers that will leave the audience humming. Rather, this is a sinuous musical tapestry more suited to the kind of detailed psychological explorations Sondheim is famous for. The score most closely related to PASSION is Sondheim's own SWEENEY TODD. Both are tragic stories of lonely sociopaths whose obsessive behaviour brings about their own destruction as well as the ruin (or near ruin) of those around them.

The score features lush orchestration by Sondheim's longtime collaborator, Jonathan Tunick. This original cast album, however, adds twenty-six extra strings to the fifteen-piece orchestra originally used for the Broadway production. This gives the music a greater visceral strength, and musical soliloquies such as "I Read" and the show's centerpiece, "I Wish I Could Forget You," a surging, soaring quality that underscores Fosca's anguish and desire to transcend her limitations.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Passion, musical play
1
feat: Marin Mazzie
5:10 Amazon
2 1:11 Amazon
3 0:33 Amazon
4
feat: Marin Mazzie
0:49 Amazon
5 0:51 Amazon
6
feat: Donna Murphy
5:27 Amazon
7 0:41 Amazon
8 5:14 Amazon
9 1:07 Amazon
10 2:18 Amazon
11 0:36 Amazon
12
feat: Donna Murphy
3:14 Amazon
13 1:10 Amazon
14 6:56 Amazon
15 1:42 Amazon
16 1:34 Amazon
17 0:46 Amazon
18 0:37 Amazon
19
feat: Marin Mazzie
0:45 Amazon
20
feat: Donna Murphy
2:07 Amazon
21 0:34 Amazon
22 0:37 Amazon
23
feat: Marin Mazzie
3:09 Amazon
24
feat: Donna Murphy
4:25 Amazon
25 4:55 Amazon
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