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I suppose this very professional performance might be good for someone but I wonder where is here the magic, soul, heart, spirit of the extraordinarily beautiful original show ... I will not listen to this album again, surely not. For me SHE LOVES ME belongs to four authors: Joe Masteroff, the great Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick AND the great irreplaceable DON WALKER. I'll certainly return to Barbara Cook & friends to receive complete joy from a masterpiece like this. it's a real offense to SHE LOVES ME to change its original orchestrations, but I wonder why, WHY WHY WHY, there is, nowadays, this necessity. Is it an economical fact? To let a musician gain some money for his fraud? Bless the people at Encores! (new York City Center) who have a great sense of respect for the American Musical Theatre.
I wish to offer a minority opinion on this unfortunate recording of a rather good New York revival of this musical theatre treasure. "She Loves Me" is a small, human-scaled musical that works on an intimate level. It's pacing is most important. It is the antithesis of the razzle-dazzle Broadway musical of the 1960s. This recording is conducted at a pace that can only be described as frenzied and frantic. It is exceptionally difficult to even keep up with the wonderful lyrics that sit so beautifully on the melodic line. Inappropriate in a musical that is not supposed to be in any hurry. This is not "Hamilton," after all.
At such speeds, often the consistently wonderful melodies becomes distorted, on top of the singers almost gasping to gallop along to get the lyrics out. Additionally, this recording has voices that photogenically are insufficiently differentiated. (They did work well live, though.) Without the physical presence of the performers, you will be hard-pressed to know who is singing. Laura Benanti, sadly, has a tendency to sing flat at important moments in the shaping of her numbers. Everyone else comes across as enthusiastic but rather generic.
Stick with either (or both) the authoritative 1963 original cast with Barbara Cook, et. al., or the quite good 1993 revival recordings. They do full justice to this "little" jewel that happens to be a masterpiece and one of only a handful of completely perfect musicals.