DIVA TALK: A Dozen Must-Have Female Vocal Recordings

By Andrew Gans
19 Jul 2013

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Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway
"Sibling Revelry"

When sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway blend their two different, but equally thrilling voices, some of the most beautiful sounds one will encounter in any concert hall or cabaret can be heard. Thankfully, their first duets outing, "Sibling Revelry," was captured live at Rainbow & Stars by DRG Records in 1995. Each of the sisters gets her moment to shine on the recording: Liz impresses with a skillfully built "Meadowlark" and the touching Frank Loesser ballad "My Heart Is so Full of You," while Ann's medley of "My Buddy" and "Old Friend" tugs at the heart. The sisters' harmonies are especially beautiful on "Our Time" from Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and a wonderful pairing of "The Sweetest Sounds" and "I Can See It." The highlight of the live recording may be what is termed "The Huge Medley," which features snippets of most every female duet you could want these two talents to cover, including "Bosom Buddies," "I Know Him So Well," "I Still Believe," "Happy Days Are Here Again," among many others.