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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Suggested by the film Smiles of a Summer Night by Ingmar Bergman

Recordings


1973 Original Broadway Cast Recording

A Little Night Music - Original Cast Recording
Produced by Goddard Lieberson
Recorded March 18, 1973 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
Associate producer: Thomas Z. Shepard
Engineers: Edward T. Graham, John Guerriere
Quadraphonic sound supervisor: Jay David Saks
Quadraphonic remix engineer: Ray Moore
Liner notes by William Evans
Lyric sheet included with the original LP release
For cast and production information go to the Broadway Production

  • LP [stereo/quadraphonic], April 1973 [Columbia KS 32265]
  • LP [quadraphonic], 1973 [Columbia SQ 32265] [deleted 1977]
  • LP [UK release], 1973 [CBS Embassy S 31515]
  • Cassette, 197? [Columbia ST 32265] [deleted 1976]
  • 8-track Cartridge [stereo], 197? [Columbia SA 32265] [deleted 1976]
  • 8-track Cartridge [quadraphonic], 197? [Columbia SAQ 32265] [deleted 1977]
  • LP reissue, 19?? [Columbia JS 32265]
  • LP, 1982 [Time-Life Records STL-AM12] [with Company and A Funny Thing Happened...]
  • Cassette, 1982 [Time-Life Records 4TL-AM12] [with Company and A Funny Thing Happened...]
  • Compact Disc, 19?? [Columbia CK 32265] (60:11 mins.)
  • Cassette reissue, 19?? [Columbia JST 32265]

Grammy Award winner for Best Original Cast Show Album

A Little Night Music [OBC]

Selections: (timings taken from the disc, not the printed credits)
Overture and Night Waltz (3:43), Now / Later / Soon (10:24), The Glamorous Life (3:50), Remember? (2:23), You Must Meet My Wife (4:07), Liaisons (4:59), In Praise of Women (3:21), Every Day a Little Death (2:27), A Weekend in the Country (6:41), The Sun Won't Set (1:49), It Would Have Been Wonderful (4:25), Perpetual Anticipation (:55), Send in the Clowns (3:26), The Miller's Son (4:26), Finale (Reprise: Send in the Clowns and Night Waltz) (3:06)

Remastered and Expanded Release
Reissue Producer: Thomas Z. Shepard
Reissue Engineers: Robert Wolff, Dixon Van Winkle
Liner notes by Didier C. Deutsch and Thomas Z. Shepard
Adds two bonus tracks *

  • Compact Disc, November 1998 [Sony Classical/Columbia/Legacy SK 65284] (68:18 mins.)
  • Compact Disc (reissue), October 2009 [Masterworks Broadway 56208]

Selections: (timings taken from the disc, not the printed credits)
Act I: Overture and Night Waltz (3:59), Now / Later / Soon (10:37), The Glamorous Life (4:01), Remember? (2:30), You Must Meet My Wife (4:07), Liaisons (5:06), In Praise of Women (3:30), Every Day a Little Death (2:28), A Weekend in the Country (6:40)
Act II: Night Waltz I - The Sun Won't Set (1:49), * Night Waltz II - The Sun Sits Low (1:42), It Would Have Been Wonderful (4:26), Perpetual Anticipation (:58), Send in the Clowns (3:27), The Miller's Son (4:28), Finale (3:33), * The Glamorous Life (film version) - Elaine Tomkinson (4:57)

1975 London Cast Recording

A Little Night Music - The Original London Cast
Produced by Thomas Z. Shepard
Associate producer: Charles Gerhardt
Engineer: Mike Ross
Liner notes by Martin Tickner
For cast and production information go to the London Production

  • LP, 1975 [RCA LRL-5090]
  • 8-track Cartridge, 1975 [RCA LRS1-5090]
  • Cassette, 1975 [RCA LRT1-5090]
  • LP reissue, 1975 [RCA LRL1-5090]
  • Cassette reissue, 19?? [RCA LRK1-5090]
  • Compact Disc, 198? [RCA 5090-2-RG]
  • Cassette reissue, 19?? [RCA 5090-4-RG]
  • Compact Disc reissue, 1990 [RCA RCD1-5090] (59:07 mins.)

A Little Night Music [UK]

Selections: (timings taken from the disc, not the printed credits)
Overture and Night Waltz (3:51), Now / Later / Soon (9:26), The Glamorous Life (3:59), Remember? (2:29), You Must Meet My Wife (3:55), Liaisons (5:05), In Praise of Women (3:05), Every Day a Little Death (2:28), A Weekend in the Country (6:24), The Sun Won't Set (1:56), It Would Have Been Wonderful (3:45), Perpetual Anticipation (:50), Send in the Clowns (3:51), The Miller's Son (4:30), Finale (Reprise: Send in the Clowns and Night Waltz) (3:23)

1978 Film Soundtrack Recording

A Little Night Music [film soundtrack]

A Little Night Music - Original Film Soundtrack Recording
Produced by Jonathan Tunick and Bob Hathaway
Music scored and supervised by Jonathan Tunick
Recorded by John Richards at DeLane Lea Music Centre, London
Engineered by Warren Vincent
Liner Notes by Tom Carlson
For cast and production information go to the Film Version

  • LP, 1978 [Columbia JS 35333] (44 mins.)
  • Cassette, 1978 [Columbia JST 35333]

Selections:
Overture and Night Waltz (Love Takes Time) (4:18), The Glamorous Life (4:51), Now / Soon / Later (7:51), You Must Meet My Wife (3:51), Every Day a Little Death (2:26), Night Waltz (Instrumental) (1:05), A Weekend in the Country (6:05), Send in the Clowns (4:15), It Would Have Been Wonderful (4:18), Finale: Send in the Clowns (reprise) / Night Waltz (4:30)

1990 UK Studio Recording

A Little Night Music (London Studio Cast)

Stephen Sondheim - A Little Night Music [London Studio Cast Recording]
Produced by John Yap
Arranged and Conducted by John Owen Edwards
Recorded on March 1, 2, 10 and 19, 1990 at Abbey Road Studios, London
Arrangements based on those for the 1989 London Revival Production

Performers

Frederick Egerman - Eric Flynn
Anne Egerman - Janis Kelly
Henrik Egerman - Bonaventura Bottone
Frederika Armfeldt - Megan Kelly
Desiree Armfeldt - Sian Phillips
Madame Armfeldt - Elisabeth Welch
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Jason Howard
Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Susan Hampshire
Petra - Maria Friedman
Quintet - Michael Bulman, Susan Flannery, Dinah Harris, Martin Nelson, Hilary Western

Selections:
Overture
(Orchestra, Quintet) (3:44), "Night Waltz" (Orchestra, Quintet) (2:59), "Now" (Eric Flynn) (3:05), "Later" (Bonaventura Bottone) (2:28), "Soon" (Janis Kelly, Eric Flynn, Bonaventura Bottone) (3:52), "The Glamourous Life" (Megan Kelly, Sian Phillips, Elisabeth Welch, Quintet) (3:47), "Remember" (Quintet) (2:50), "You Must Meet My Wife" (Eric Flynn and Sian Phillips) (4:13), "Liaisons" (Elisabeth Welch) (5:41), "In Praise of Women" (Jason Howard) (3:19), "Every Day a Little Death" (Susan Hampshire and Janis Kelly) (2:22), "A Weekend in the Country" (Company) (6:13), "Night Waltz I (The Sun Won't Set)" (Quintet) (3:22), "Night Waltz II (Liebeslieders)" (Quintet) (2:20), "It Would Have Been Wonderful" Eric Flynn and Jason Howard) (4:06), "Perpetual Anticipation" (Ladies Trio) (1:20), "Send in the Clowns" (Sian Phillips) (4:37), "The Miller's Son" (Maria Friedman), "Send in the Clowns" (reprise) (Sian Phillips and Eric Flynn) (3:42), "Last Waltz" (Orchestra) (1:32)

Complete Releases

  • Compact Disc, 1990 [That's Entertainment Records (UK) CDTER 1179]
  • Cassette, 1990 [That's Entertainment Records (UK) ZCTER 1179]
  • Compact Disc, 1992 [Musical Heritage Society (US) 513085Y]
  • Compact Disc, 1996 [Jay Records (US) CDJAY 1241] (70:45 mins.)

Complete

Highlights Releases

[12 tracks from the original release]
  • Compact Disc, 1996 [Madacy 793]
  • Compact Disc, 1996 [Showstoppers / Jay Records M-2-0793]

Selections:
Overture, Now, Later, Soon, The Glamorous Life, You Must Meet My Wife, Liaisons, A Weekend in the Country, It Would Have Been Wonderful, Send in the Clowns, The Miller's Son and Last Waltz

Highlights
A Little Night Music (London Studio Cast, highlights)

1995 Royal National Theatre Recording

A Little Night Music [Royal National Theatre]

A Little Night Music - Royal National Theatre Recording
Synopsis by Lyn Haill
Interview with Stephen Sondheim by Michael Ratcliffe

For cast and production information go to the Royal National Theatre Production

  • Compact Disc, 1996 [Tring (UK) TRING001] (74:02 mins.)

Selections:
Overture
(Quintet) (1:22), Night Waltz (Company) (3:15), Now (Fredrik) (3:13), Later (Henrik) (2:33), Soon (Anne, Henrik, Fredrik) (4:22), The Glamorous Life (Fredrika, Desirée, Madame Armfeldt, Quintet) (5:54), Remember? (Quintet) (2:36), You Must Meet My Wife (Desirée, Fredrik) (4:43), Liaisons (Madame Armfeldt) (5:39), In Praise Of Women (Carl-Magnus) / My Husband The Pig (Charlotte) (4:36), Every Day A Little Death (Charlotte, Anne) (2:45), A Weekend In The Country (Company) (6:58), The Sun Won't Set (Quintet) (3:18), Night Waltz II (Quintet) (2:09), It Would Have Been Wonderful (Fredrik, Carl-Magnus) (4:04), Perpetual Anticipation (Female Trio) (1:25), Dinner Table (Company) (2:01), Send In The Clowns (Desirée) (4:26), The Miller's Son (Petra) (4:11), Send in the Clowns (reprise) (Desirée, Fredrik) (3:13), Last Waltz (Orchestra) (1:17)

2001 Barcelona Cast Recording

A Little Night Music (Música per a una nit d'estiu)
Musical Director/Arrangements: Manuel Gas
Directed by Mario Gas
Sung in Catalan; translations by Roger Pena and Roser Batalla
Recorded February 3-4, 2001 at the Teatre Novedades in Barcelona, Spain

  • Compact Disc, 2001 [K Industria Cultural, S.L. K026CD] (73:31 mins.)

Cast

Lindquist - Xavier Fernández
Nordstrom - Muntsa Rius
Anderssen - Ana Feu
Erlanson - Alberto Demestres
Segstrom - Teresa de la Torre
Fredrika Armfeldt - Miranda Gas/Carlota Pons
Madam Armfeldt - Montserrat Carulla
Frid - Victor Pi
Henrik Egerman - Àngel Llàcer
Anne Egerman - Alícia Ferrer
Fredrik Egerman - Constantino Romero/Mario Gas
Petra - Núria Canals
Desirée Armfeldt - Vicky Peña
Bertrand - Victor "Bubi" Guillèn
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Jordi Boixaderas
Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Mireia Ros
Dama I - Maria Cirici
Dama II - Maria Molins

Selections:
Obertura / Vals Nocturn (Overture / Night Waltz)
- Quintet; Mai / Ara / Ja (Soon / Later / Soon) - Fredrik, Henrik, Anne; Te Tant Glamour Aquest Mon (The Glamorous Life) - Fredrika, Desirée, Madam Armfeldt, Quintet; Recordes? (Remember) - Quintet; Us Heu De Trobar (You Must Meet My Wife) - Desirée and Fredrik; Liaisons - Madam Armfeldt; Elogi A Les Dones (In Praise of Women) - Count Carl-Magnus; Cada Dia Un Glop De Mort (Every Day a Little Death) - Countess Charlotte and Anne; Do Dies A La Finca (A Weekend in the Country) - Company; Vals Nocturn I (Night Waltz I) - Quintet; Vals Nocturn II - El Sol No Es Pon (Night Waltz II - The Sun Won't Set) - Quintet: Seria Tot Molt Millor (It Would Have Been Wonderful) - Fredrik and Carl-Magnus; Sentir Desig A Totes Hores (Perpetual Anticipation) - Quintet; Que Baixi El Telo (Send in the Clowns) - Desirée; El Noi De Camp (The Miller's Son) - Petra; Ja (reprise) - Nordstrom / Us Heu De Trobar (reprise) - Erlanson / Dos Dies A La Finca (reprise) - Quintet / Cada Dia Un Glop De Mort (reprise) - Quintet ; Que Baixi El Telo (reprise) - Desirée and Fredrik ; Darrer Vals (Last Waltz) - Orchestra; Final - Salutacions - Orchestra

2009 Broadway Revival Cast Recording

A Little Night Music
Recording Produced by Tommy Krasker
Recorded January 4, 2010, at Avatar Studios, New York, NY
Recorded and mixed by Bart Migal
Assistant Engineers: Bob Mallory, Akihiro Nishimura
Pro Tools Engineer: Victor Mancusi
Music Coordinator: John Miller
Liner notes by Frank Rich
Synopsis by Sean Patrick Flahaven
Lyrics included For cast and production information go to the Broadway Production

  • Double Compact Disc, April 6, 2010 [Nonesuch / PS Classics 523488-2] (86 mins.)

Selections:
Disc One: Overture / Night Waltz (5:02), Prologue: "The night smiles..." (1:55), Now (3:55), Later (3:19), Soon (3:56), The Glamorous Life (3:52), Remember (4:49), You Must Meet My Wife (3:54), "A virgin" (:33), Liaisons (4:54), In Praise of Women (4:39), Every Day a Little Death (2:47), "The tour's over for a while..." (:34), A Weekend in the Country (7:28)
Disc Two: The Sun Won't Set (3:13), Night Waltz II (1:46), It Would Have Been Wonderful (3:54), Perpetual Anticipation (1:08), Send in the Clowns (6:02), The Miller's Son (4:19), Soon (reprise) / You Must Meet My Wife (reprise) (2:47), "A wooden ring" (1:56), A Weekend in the Country (reprise) / Every Day a Little Death (reprise) (2:26), Send in the Clowns (reprise) (4:00), Last Waltz (2:02)

Recordings of Songs


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Last modified on Sunday, April 6, 2014
Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins