Monday, May 23, 2011

"Some Enchanted Evening"

Paulo Szot & Rodney Clarke

We thought that it would be fun to compare some versions of "Some Enchanted Evening" from the 1949 hit musical "South Pacific." Two baritones have scored huge successes as Emile de Becque almost 60 years apart, Ezio Pinza and Paulo Szot. We've mixed in emerging barihunk Rodney Clarke and the great Cesare Siepi for comparison purposes. We've also added the hit recording my Perry Como, a version by the legendary Frank Sinatra and a jazzed up version from Ray Charles.

Ezio Pinza, who made this famous with the original 1949 Broadway cast recording:

Paulo Szot, who became a mega-star barihunk with South Pacific:

Cesare Siepi, who shows he could have scored a it with this on Broadway, too:

Ray Charles, jazzing it up for TV:

Frank Sinatra in a classic version from 1949:

Rodney Clarke, one of our emerging barihunks: Perry Como, who had a hit with this in 1949:

Giorgio Tozzi, who recorded his in 1958:

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