DIVA TALK: A Dozen Must-Have Female Vocal Recordings

By Andrew Gans
19 Jul 2013

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One More (Baker's) Dozen Favorites!

Barbara Cook: "It's Better with a Band" — You can hear the love in that hall, and the soprano is in glorious form.
Alix Korey: "Gifts of Love" — Fierce belter Korey impresses with her interpretive skills.
Helen Schneider: "Let It Be Now" — Thrilling, thrilling singing!
Cleo Laine: "Born On a Friday" — The colors of her voice are extraordinary, the texture also so rich.
Alison Fraser: "New York Romance" — The title track, by the late Rusty Magee, is one of the great contemporary ballads, and Fraser brings it to full life.
Audra McDonald: "How Glory Goes" — The singer and the actress blend to perfection.
Randy Graff: "Doing Something Right: Randy Graff Sings Cy Coleman" — One of the great interpreters of a lyric; she also possesses a terrific, textured belt.
Judy Kuhn: "Serious Playground: The Songs of Laura Nyro" — Simply one of the best voices in the musical theatre; her rendition of "Stoney End" is at the top of my iPod most-played list.
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli: "Live at the London Palladium" — Superlative mother and daughter belters!
Melissa Errico: "Legrand Affair" — Oh, the purity of that soprano.
Karen Mason: "Not so Simply Broadway" — Simply terrific!
Maureen McGovern: "Another Woman in Love" —  A gorgeous instrument... and the definitive "Could've Been a Sailor."
Judy Kaye: "Diva by Diva" — How could I possibly resist?

Well, that's all for now. Happy diva-watching! E-mail questions or comments to agans@playbill.com.