One of the biggest and best-loved superstars in the world, Barbra Streisand, has today confirmed a world exclusive appearance with Jonathan Ross for Friday Night, October 2, 2009.
In her first live British TV interview this century, she will be in the UK for a unique edition of Jonathan's Friday night talk show, Friday Night With Streisand & Ross, entirely devoted to a celebration of her legendary life as a performing icon in front of an audience including a number of international competition winners.
As well as discussing her extraordinary career as a double Oscar-winning artist, actress of stage and screen, concert performer, film director, movie producer, screenwriter, songwriter and best album-selling female recording artist ever, Streisand will also be performing live in the studio intimate material from her eagerly-awaited new album Love Is The Answer as well as one of her all-time classic hits. -
Love Is The Answer, Barbra's first new studio album since 2005, is now available for pre-order, ahead of the official release on Tuesday, September 29. To pre-order the album from Amazon.com, click here!
The final song selections for Love Is The Answer, the eagerly awaited new studio collection of intimate jazz standards performed by Barbra Streisand, were recently revealed in anticipation of the album's release on Tuesday, September 29.
The first full-length collection of new studio recordings from eight-time Grammy award winner Barbra Streisand since 2005's Guilty Pleasures.
Love Is The Answer showcases the artist as a singer of emotional clarity, depth and maturity, offering the listener a selection of heartfelt late-night meditations on love's powers, heartbreaks and solaces.
Love Is The Answer provides an opportunity for Streisand to work for the first time with the Grammy-winning Canadian jazz artist Diana Krall and her quartet (piano, guitar, bass, drums) who bring a refined and sensual poignancy to the album's sophisticated and subtle accompaniments.
Rounding out the album's smoky after-hours ambience with his sublime orchestrations is the legendary songwriter ("The Shadow of Your Smile") and Grammy-winning arranger Johnny Mandel (who worked with Streisand on her 1993 Back to Broadway album and arranged/co-produced Krall's 1998 Grammy-winning When I Look In Your Eyes).
The deluxe version of Love Is The Answer is a two-disc package that features the Mandel arranged orchestra versions on disc one and quartet counterparts on disc two featuring Barbra accompanied only by quartet (piano, bass, guitar & drums).
Included among the highlights of Love Is The Answer are:
"Make Someone Happy," a song from the 1960s musical "Do Re Mi," with lyrics by Comden and Green and music by Jule Styne, who wrote the music for Streisand's breakout performance in "Funny Girl";
"In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" - the jazz standard closely associated with Frank Sinatra.
"If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)" - A quintessential version of the Jacques Brel standard performed in English and French.
"Spring Can Really Hang You Up," a song Streisand first sang in a St. Louis club at the age of 18. This is her first studio produced version of this jazz standard.
"Gentle Rain" a gentle bossa nova from "Black Orpheus," the motion picture which introduced the world to the rhythms of Brazilian music.
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," the quintessential dreamy standard, originally written as a show tune by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach for the 1933 operetta "Roberta," covered by Nat "King" Cole and the Platters, among others;
"Some Other Time," a rarely-covered gem composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Comden and Green from the 1944 musical "On The Town."
The complete track listing for Love Is The Answer will feature:
1. "Here's To Life" (Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinary)
2. "In The Wee Small Hours" (Bob Hilliard/David Mann)
3. "Gentle Rain" (Luiz Bonfa/Matt Dubey)
4. "If You Go Away" (Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen)
5. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman)
6. "Make Someone Happy" (Jule Styne/Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
7. "Where Do You Start?"(Johnny Mandel/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman)
8. "A Time For Love" (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster)
9. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen)
10. "Love Dance" (Ivan Lins/Gilson Peranzzetta with English lyrics by Paul Williams)
11. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach)
12. "Some Other Time" (Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
13. Bonus Track - "You Must Believe In Spring" (Michel Legrand/Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
The deluxe package includes the following bonus disc:
(Vocal With Quartet)