Judy Collins is honoring a music colleague she’s admired for years, as A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim hits DVD February 24. Collins’ passion for Sondheim’s compositions span several decades, starting with one of the artist’s most signature works.
“I have loved the songs and the shows of Stephen Sondheim since recording “Send in the Clowns” in my album Judith in 1974,” said Collins “My version of the great Sondheim ballad has garnered a Grammy, the top ten slot in Billboard twice in a decade, and is still played on the radio all over the world. Ever since the success of ‘Send in the Clowns,’ I have longed to sing the rest of Sondheim’s greatest songs. Now, I have the opportunity do to that. These songs glow with familiarity and inhabit the rooms and vistas of all our lives, scenes and melodies from Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sundays in the Park with George, Company, Merrily We Roll Along and Into the Woods. I pray to do justice to these great songs, and to their composer, one of our National Treasures, Stephen Sondheim.”
Recorded May 2016 at The Boettcher Concert Hall (Denver, CO), A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim features Collins’ collaboration by the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Glen Cortese).
A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim was filmed in May 2016 at The Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, CO. Judy Collins takes the audience through Sondheim’s remarkable treasure-trove of music, interweaving stories of Broadway with her personal anecdotes.
All orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, who has been orchestrating Stephen Sondheim’s musicals for decades. Tunicks’s orchestration was used by Collins for “Send in the Clowns, ” bring Sondheim his only chart topping song in his esteemed history. Collins is joined on the program by the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Glen Cortese.
As the years go by, things obviously change, but it’s great to know Judy Collins’ clear as crystal voice still shines through. Check out her rendition of Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone” (from Into The Woods) below: