6/13/2009

CHESS, EL PRIMER MUSICAL DE B&B / B&B's first musical

Portada primer disco/First record-sleeve.


"Chess" es el músical con letras de Tim Rice y música de Benny Andersson y Björn Ulvaeus. La historia cuenta un triángulo amaroso entre dos jugadores de ajedrez en un campeonato mundial y una mujer que es la manager de uno de ellos y se enamora del otro. Aunque no se tuviera la intención de representar a ningún jugador profesional real, las personalidades de los personajes tiene parecidos con los jugadores Viktor Korchnoi y Bobby Fisher.

Siguiendo los patrones de "Jesucristo Superstar" y "Evita", se grabó un álbum-conceptual de "Chess" en 1984 del que se extrajeron varios singles de éxito. La primera versión teatral se estrenó en el West End de Londres en 1986 y duró 3 años. Una versión muy remozada se estrenó en Broadway, Nueva York en 1988, pero con una pobre aceptación de crítica y público.

El álbum original se grabó y editó en 1984. Se grabó en los estudios de Polar Music en Estocolmo, (los estudios de Abba), con el ingeniero de sonido del grupo Michael B. Tretow. Dos singles del álbum "One night in Bangkok" ("Una noche en Bangkok") cantado por Murray Head y el dueto "I know him so well" ("Lo conozco tan bien") con Elaine Paige y Barbara Dickson, fueron éxitos mundiales ese año (el primero nº3 en el Billboard americano, y el segundo nº1 en Inglaterra 4 semanas en febrero'85).

En esta década ha habido revisiones del musical original como conciertos y grabaciones. Del 2002, es la versión de un concierto en Estocolmo grabado para la TV y que luego se editó en CD y DVD de una versión renovada y corta en sueco: "Chess pa Svenska" ("Chess en sueco"), con Helen Sjöholm y Tommy Korberg en el elenco. Nominado a 8 Premios de Teatro Guldmasken y ganando 6, entre ellos a los dos mencionados como mejores actores principales. La última revisión ha sido la versión concierto en Mayo del 2008 en el Royal Albert Hall de Londres con la Orquesta Filarmónica de Londres y un elenco que incluye a Josh Groban, Idina Menzel y Marti Pellow (líder del grupo Wet Wet Wet), entre otros. Un CD y DVD de este concierto están previstos para editarse próximamente. Informaremos.

English version
"Chess" is the musical with lyrics by Tim Rice & music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists weren't intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters' personalities resemble those of chess grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi & Bobby Fisher.

Following the pattern of "Jesus Christ Superstar" & "Evita", a concept album of "Chess" was recorded in 1984 and generated several hit singles. The first theatrical version opened in London's West End in1986 and stayed on 3 years. A much-altered production premiered on Broadway, New York 1988, but with a poor reception from both critics & audience.

The original album was recorded and released in 1984. It was recorded at Abba's Polar Music Studios in Stockholm and engineered by the group's Michael B. Tretow. Two singles from the album "One night in Bangkok" sung by Murray Head and the duet "I know him so well" by Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson became worldwide hits that year (the first nº3 on the American Billboard chart, the latter nº1 in the UK for 4 weeks).

There has been revisions of the original musical as concerts and recordings during this decade. From 2002 is a concert version in Stockholm recorded for TV and later released on CD & DVD of a revisted short version, the first one in Swedish: "Chess pa Svenska" ("Chess in Swedish") with Helen Sjöholm & Tommy Korberg in the cast. Nominated to 8 Guldmasken Theatre Awards and won 6 of them, among them the two mentioned actors as main leading roles. The latest revision has been the concert version in May 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the London Philarmonic Orchestra and a cast that includes Josh Groban, Idina Menzel & Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet, lead vocalist), among others. A CD & DVD of this concert is due to be released soon. We'll keep you informed.



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"I know him so well"


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