"I'm the Greatest Star" The Essential Barbra Streisand on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
25 Jan 2014

9. "Classical Barbra" (studio album, 1976)

Yet another foray into an entirely different genre (you can't accuse Barbra Streisand of sticking to safe ground!), "Classical Barbra" is an enormously appealing album. Singing songs by Debussy, Handel, Schumann and other European composers (in their original languages), Streisand eschews the pyrotechnics that have served her so well in the bulk of her recording career for a measured, ethereal tone that suits the material exquisitely. The result is an indispensable disc of quasi-lullabies, which transport the listener to a place of rare peace and tranquility.