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Barbra Streisand delves into the catalog of songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman in her upcoming Columbia Records release, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Out Aug. 23, the two-disc collection includes her take on “Nice ‘n’ Easy,” “That Face,” “Alone in the World” and “Solitary Moon.”
It also features a recording of “So Many Stars,” which was a hit for Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 when it came out in 1968. Streisand’s never recorded the song before and adds a Portuguese twist to it for her new album.
She told the New York Times she felt it was the right time to record the tune in Mendes’ native tongue, “I love Bossa Nova music and the Bergman’s wrote ‘So Many Stars’ with Sergio Mendes. There’s never been a Brazilian translation of the song actually but I felt I should sing some of the lyric in Portuguese.”
Streisand was briefed on singing in Portuguese by Brazilian composer Dori Caymmi, who coached her on the lyrics at the 11th hour, “The day before I recorded it I asked Dori Caymmi to come up with a translation for part of it. It was fun to do.
“The Way We Were,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” are also included on Streisand’s latest collection.
Pre-orders for What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman are being accepted now on Streisand’s official website and include instant downloads of “That Face” and “Windmills of Your Mind.” Pre-order customers will also be automatically entered to win a trip to the spring 2012 U.S. premiere of Streisand’s new film, My Mother’s Curse.
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