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Dearest Enemy: An American Musical Comedy
Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart
Annalene Beechey/Kim Criswell/ James Cleverton / Philip O’Reilly

Dearest Enemy: An American Musical Comedy

CD | New World Records | 0093228074922 | NW 80749 | 11-13

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About the album

The composer perhaps most influenced by Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern was Richard Rodgers (1902–
1979), who acknowledged his affection for Kern’s shows with Bolton and Wodehouse. His score for Dearest
Enemy, his first Broadway success, is clearly influenced by Kern’s graceful way with a good melody. Dearest
Enemy, written with lyricist Lorenz Hart (1895–1943) and book writer Herbert Fields (1897–1958) opened on
September 18, 1925. It displays the young composer’s synthesis of Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml, Sigmund
Romberg and other writers of the day. Rodgers’ work with Lorenz Hart covered a wide range, from the
sophisticated innocence of Babes in Arms (1937) to adaptations of Mark Twain, Shakespeare and the sleazy
showbiz world of John O’Hara’s Pal Joey (1940). Dearest Enemy is a romantic score by the composer who
would write Carousel twenty years later and shows how the third generation of composers for Broadway
helped to make the transition from operetta to musical theater.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Herbert Fields
Original orchestrations by Emil Gerstenberger and Harold Sanford
Reconstruction and additional orchestrations by Larry Moore
Of related interest:
80386
80387
80733
Rodgers & Hart—Babes in Arms
Jerome Kern—Sitting Pretty [2 CDs]
Victor Herbert—Eileen [2 CDs]

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"The voices are spot-on - firmly music-theatre and not opera 'slumming it'. There are no weak entries in the singer roster or anywhere else for that matter. Delightful"
Musicweb International
Tracklisting
    • 1
      Dearest Enemy: Overture
       
      03:42
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 2
      Dearest Enemy: Heigh-Ho! Lackaday!
       
      04:32
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 3
      Dearest Enemy: War Is War
       
      03:50
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 4
      Dearest Enemy: I Beg Your Pardon
       
      04:01
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 5
      Dearest Enemy: Cheerio!
       
      03:23
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 6
      Dearest Enemy: Full-Blown Roses
       
      03:28
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 7
      Dearest Enemy: The Hermits
       
      06:04
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 8
      Dearest Enemy: Here in My Arms
       
      04:58
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 9
      Dearest Enemy: Finale Act One
       
      05:11
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 10
      Dearest Enemy: Entr'acte
       
      02:05
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 11
      Dearest Enemy: Gavotte
       
      03:11
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 12
      Dearest Enemy: I'd Like to Hide It
       
      04:03
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 13
      Dearest Enemy: Where the Hudson River Flows
       
      03:41
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 14
      Dearest Enemy: Bye and Bye (Runaround)
       
      01:19
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 15
      Dearest Enemy: Bye and Bye (Underscore)
       
      00:42
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 1
      Dearest Enemy: Bye and Bye
       
      05:00
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 2
      Dearest Enemy: Old Enough to Love
       
      03:34
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 3
      Dearest Enemy: Sweet Peter
       
      05:53
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 4
      Dearest Enemy: Yankee Doodle
       
      02:34
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 5
      Dearest Enemy: Here's a Kiss (Underscore)
       
      01:04
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 6
      Dearest Enemy: Here's a Kiss
       
      02:13
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 7
      Dearest Enemy: Finale Act Two
       
      04:26
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 8
      Dearest Enemy: Intermezzo
       
      04:33
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 9
      Dearest Enemy: Epilogue, Opening Chorus
       
      03:07
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 10
      Dearest Enemy: Bye and Bye (Reprise)
       
      02:11
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 11
      Dearest Enemy: Finale Ultimo
       
      04:19
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 12
      Dearest Enemy: Bows
       
      02:07
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 13
      Dearest Enemy: Exit Music
       
      02:17
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
    • 14
      Dearest Enemy: Appendix, The Pipes of Pansy
       
      03:14
      Composer: Rodgers, Richard, Hart, Lorenz
12-11-2013 NW 80749 - Dearest Enemy: An American Musical Comedy - Annalene Beechey/Kim Criswell/ James Cleverton / Philip O’Reilly, Musicweb International
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