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31 July 2011

FOCAL POINT : Barbra Streisand, “So Many Stars”

FROM BARBRA Streisand's upcoming What Matters Most : Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman CD comes the stunningly gorgeous "So Many Stars". The bossa nova classic was originally covered in 1968 by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66; I remember it from its resurgent popularity on Manila's jazz fusion radio stations during the late seventies and early eighties.
On her recording, Miss Streisand once again demonstrates her remarkable ability to make a song intimate yet soaring. Even more uncanny is how, at 69 years old, she's able to navigate the scale without sounding flat and losing her very attractive vibrato. I've not heard a lot of harps on Miss Streisand's recent recordings, so it's a pleasure to hear them here (along with the rest of William Ross' orchestral strings) and capture the dreamy yearning that Miss Streisand invests this song with.

Here's the full track of "So Many Stars". I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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