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Noël Coward Songbook
     

The Noël Coward Songbook

by Ian Bostridge
 

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Ian Bostridge is not the type of singer one ordinarily associates with "crossover" projects. Poetic, elegant, and intense, his seriousness is reflected in his favored repertoire -- Bach, Britten, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams. But Bostridge is also a charmer, and so it should not surprise that he would have a soft spot for the songs of

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Ian Bostridge is not the type of singer one ordinarily associates with "crossover" projects. Poetic, elegant, and intense, his seriousness is reflected in his favored repertoire -- Bach, Britten, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams. But Bostridge is also a charmer, and so it should not surprise that he would have a soft spot for the songs of Noël Coward. With clever, oh-so-literate lyrics and sweetly nostalgic music, Coward's songs are classics in their own way, yet Bostridge wisely avoids trying to imitate Coward's own performance style, approaching these gems with the same fervent sincerity he brings to a great lied. The result is not as breezy as one might ideally like, perhaps, but it definitely works. Few singers have such impeccable diction (there's no need to follow the texts at all, as Bostridge makes every word intelligible), and even if he never really swings, his lyrical intensity gives one a new appreciation for Coward's melodic imagination. With graceful accompaniment by Jeffrey Tate at the piano and with sweet-toned assistance from soprano Sophie Daneman on four tracks, The Noël Coward Songbook is an ear-opener.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Michael White
Coward's songs have never sounded quite so beautiful.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724355737427
catalogNumber:
57374

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