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Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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Review

As it says on the back cover, Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is the first recording he's made with a symphonic orchestra. For this special occasion, Feinstein and Alan Broadbent -- the conductor and arranger for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra -- decided to stick to celebrated songs from the great American popular songbook, ranging from "Stormy Weather" and "Laura" to "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)." Much of this comes across as a slyly romantic, lightly swinging big band session -- less Sinatra and Strings, more a tempered Ring a Ding Ding. That's hardly a bad thing, since it plays up Feinstein's classy, understated delivery and the skillful arrangements of Broadbent. A side-effect is that the album isn't as revelatory as it appears it could be -- it does not uncover a new side of Feinstein, even if it's his first time with a full orchestra -- but that hardly matters when the music is as assured and satisfying as this.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Folks Who Live On the Hill, song (from the film "High, Wide and Handsome") Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 6:8
  3. 2 The Best Is Yet To Come Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 2:55
  4. 3 I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 4:45
  5. 4 By Myself Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 4:8
  6. 5 Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year (from the film "Christmas Holiday") Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 5:39
  7. 6 Cotton Club Revue (1933)~Stormy Weather Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 5:23
  8. 7 Laura, song (for the film, "Laura") Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 5:38
  9. 8 On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 2:37
  10. 9 Love Is Here to Stay, song (from The Goldwyn Follies, film) Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 5:53
  11. 10 How Deep Is the Ocean?, song Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 4:43
  12. 11 Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story") Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 5:32
  13. 12 I Won't Send Roses Michael Feinstein / Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 3:25

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