The Noël Coward Songbook

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tenor Ian Bostridge bids to claim Noël Coward as a classical composer on this album, assisted by pianist Jeffrey Tate and, on five songs, soprano Sophie Daneman. The songs all date from the '20s and '30s, and most of them were associated with Coward's musical revues as well as one of his book musicals, Bitter Sweet. There are also independent songs and songs used incidentally in the Coward straight plays Cavalcade and Private Lives. Although Bostridge includes "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," and gives it a lively reading, with Daneman joining in on some background burbling, he isn't much interested in the witty Coward. Rather, the recording has the air of a classical recital, with the singer in tuxedo standing before a grand piano. Coward is not anathema to such an approach, of course. Despite being of common birth and limited education (not to mention being a self-taught musician), he affected an upper class manner consistent with Bostridge's treatment of his music here; in fact, Coward himself recorded these songs in his own tenor and sometimes with similar piano accompaniment. But Bostridge doesn't quite succeed in turning Coward into Schubert. The lyrics, though often poetic, also drop into vernacular here and there, and sometimes would benefit from a less formal interpretation. And then, too, this is only one part of Coward's talent as a composer; his humor is mostly missing. Maybe that's just to say that instead of being called The Noël Coward Songbook, this album should have been called "A Noël Coward Songbook."
New York Times - Michael White
Coward's songs have never sounded quite so beautiful.

Coward's songs have never sounded quite so beautiful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355737427
  • Catalog Number: 57374

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Bostridge Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Sophie Daneman Soprano (Vocal)
Jeffrey Tate Piano
Technical Credits
Alberta Hunter Engineer
Noël Coward Composer, Lyricist
Patrick O'Connor Liner Notes
John Fraser Producer
Ian Bostridge Liner Notes, Essay
Corin Buckeridge Arranger
Patrick O'Connor Liner Notes
Mark Brown Producer
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