You might think that Neil Sedaka, who’s been making records for nearly 60 years, might have faded out by now. Not in the least.
In 2008, Sedaka, then sixty-nine, premiered an actual classical composition: “Joie de Vivre,” introduced on his Australian tour. This year, he put out an all-acoustic album — just piano and voice — with one bonus track, which turned out to be a full orchestral 14-minute version of “Joie de Vivre,” recorded with the London Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2013, he turned loose a piano concerto: “Manhattan Intermezzo.”
Of course, if you go to one of Neil’s shows, you can always call out for “Stairway to Heaven.”