The King and I

First Complete Recording

The King and I, First Complete Recording
CDJAY2 1276 / CDTER2 1214
DIGITAL
SURROUND
RECORDING
DDD
CD1: 59'59''
CD2: 57'04''

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Music by
RICHARD RODGERS

Book and Lyrics by
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

Based on 'Anna And The King' Of Siam by
MARGARET LANDON

Orchestrations by
ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT 

Cast:
Christopher Lee
Valerie Masterson
Sally Burgess
Jason Howard
Tinuke Olafimihan 

The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards 

This is the first and only complete recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's grandest masterwork. JAY is proud that international film star, Christopher Lee is cast as The King, a role that requires an actor no less than the stature of his acting accomplishment but also his singing ability. It is ironic that, since Getrude Lawrence, all other full recordings of the stage score feature non English singers and actresses in the role of Anna that is so quintessentially English. Therefore it is befitting that one of the world's favourite star (British) sopranos, Valerie Masterson is Anna, a role that she was born to sing.

Being the first complete recording, this 2 CD set contains the only complete recording of the wonderful ballet, THE SMALL HOUSE OF UNCLE THOMAS - all 16 minutes and 25 seconds of it.

Gramophone Award winning artist Tinuke Olafimihan TUPTIM and LUN THA is sung by Jason Howard. Their difficult music is sung in the original key and because of their perfect pitch, they make the songs sound so easy and wonderful.

CD 1
  1. Overture
  2. Opening Act One
  3. I Whistle A Happy Tune
  4. Vignettes and Dance
  5. My Lord and Master
  6. Hello Young Lovers
  7. The March of The Siamese Children
  8. Postlude and Scene Before Curtain
  9. A Puzzlement
  10. School Room Scene
  11. Getting To Know You
  12. Incidental
  13. We Kiss In The Shadows
  14. A Puzzlement (Reprise)
  15. Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You?
  16. Something Wonderful
  17. Something Wonderful (Reprise)
  18. Finale Act One
CD 2
  1. Entr'acte
  2. Western People Funny
  3. Dance Of Anna and Sir Edward
  4. We Kiss In The Shadows
  5. I Have Dreamed
  6. Hello Young Lovers (Reprise)
  7. The Small House of Uncle Thomas
  8. Song of The King
  9. Shall We Dance?
  10. Melos
  11. Processional
  12. Something Wonderful (Reprise)
  13. Polka Doloroso
  14. I Whistle A Happy Tune (Reprise)
  15. Finale Ultimo
  16. Exit Music