Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s lyrics matter to Barbara Streisand

Posted on 1 Sep 2011

Through Alberts association with Spirit Music Group,  we are proud to represent long time collaborators Alan & Marilyn Bergman's works in Australia and New Zealand. 

Barbra Streisand's long-cherished desire to release an album of music with lyrics exclusively written by her collaborators and friends, Alan and Marilyn Bergman , has been achieved with her latest release "What Matters Most- Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman".  The ten song album, and deluxe edition, is now available in Australia through Sony Music Australia.

"What Matters Most" is Ms. Streisand's first new album since September 2009 and debuted Top 5 in the US & Top 50 in Australia's ARIA Album Chart.  

The new album, is comprised of ten Bergman songs which Streisand has never previously recorded.  Included in the set are the Academy Award winning songs "The Windmills of Your Mind" (from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair);  "So Many Stars" (originally a hit song for Sergio Mendes &  Brazil '66); "Nice 'n' Easy" (popularized by Frank Sinatra); and "That Face" (first recorded by Fred Astaire). 

The deluxe edition CD will include ten previously released performances of Barbra singing the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman including "The Way We Were", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Papa Can You Hear Me?" and "Pieces of Dreams".

Reflecting on her long-held desire to devote an entire album to the amazingly varied and consistently inspired music of the Bergmans, Streisand noted, "Alan and Marilyn Bergman have a remarkable gift for expressing affairs of the heart."
The affection and respect between lyricists and artist is quite wonderful.  "When we write a song, we hear Barbra," said lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.  "She makes the connection from the heart to the mind, and it emerges through her voice."

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