Barbara Streisand has announced that she is releasing a brand new album entitled “What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan And Marilyn Bergman” on August 23. According to her website:
The new album, which Barbra personally produced, features ten Bergman songs which she has never previously recorded. Included in the set are the Academy Award-winning song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, “So Many Stars” which was a hit for Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66, “Nice ‘n’ Easy” as popularized by Frank Sinatra, and “That Face” as first recorded by Fred Astaire.
Reflecting on her long-held desire to devote an entire album to the amazingly varied and consistently inspired music of the Bergmans, Barbra noted, “Alan and Marilyn have a remarkable gift for expressing affairs of the heart.”
The affection and respect between the lyricists and the artist is quite wonderful, as the Bergmans continued, “When we write a song, we hear Barbra. She makes the connection from the heart to the mind, and it emerges through her voice.”
Also available August 23 will be a deluxe edition of What Matters Most including ten additional, previously released performances of Barbra singing Bergman classics like “The Way We Were,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Papa Can You Hear Me?” and “Pieces of Dreams.”