BERNSTEIN, L.: Mass (Sykes, Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus, Baltimore Symphony, Alsop)
Wicked (Cast Album)
Next to Broadway big shots like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Rodgers, there's a rightful place for composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. His early career includes the scores to community-theater chestnut Pippen and the film Godspell, and a run with Disney that yielded music for a number of animated hits, including the Academy Award-winning score to Pocahontas (remember "Have you ever seen the wolf cry to the blue horned moon"? -- yeah, that was him). He had already earned most major awards in his field when he struck gold in 2003 with the score to the massively popular Broadway musical Wicked. Schwartz continues to write for stage and screen, and enjoyed another big success with the 2007 Disney film Enchanted.