Can't Help Singing: A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics

Can't Help Singing: A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics

by Voices of Ascension


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Can't Help Singing: A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics

Dennis Keene & the Voices of Ascension make a giant leap from the chant and Renaissance music for which they are best known in this series of choral settings of the theater and film songs of Jerome Kern. As it turns out, however, their "new look" consists mainly of drawing Kern back to their familiar style rather than making a change in their approach. The "unique choral arrangements" (as a sleeve note puts it) of Keene, James Bassi and Donald Fraser frequently render the Kern songs unrecognizable. There are exceptions: Bassi's arrangement of "I Won't Dance" conveys some of the playfulness of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers original and the title song, written for the rangy talents of Deanna Durbin, works well for the chorus. But for the most part, at least in these arrangements and performances, Kern's music proves unsuited to such a staid choral approach, and this is one classical/pop hybrid attempt that doesn't work. Theater music expert Miles Kreuger's extensive annotations on the songs are irrelevant to the music contained on the disc, but at least serve to remind us of what these songs are supposed to be about.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/1997
Label: Delos Records
UPC: 0013491322421
catalogNumber: 3224

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Voices of Ascension   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble
Todd Phillips   Violin
Michele A. Eaton   Soprano (Vocal)
David Lyndon Huff   Tenor (Vocal)
Karen Krueger   Alto (Vocal)
Gregory Purnhagen   Bass (Vocal)
Peter Stewart   Bass (Vocal)
Rena Isbin   Violin
Diane Lesser   Oboe
Rozlyne Clarke   Cello
Martin Doner   Tenor (Vocal)
Joel Frederiksen   Bass (Vocal)
Alexandra Montano   Alto (Vocal)
Nancy Wertsch   Alto (Vocal)
James Gandre   Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Richardson   Bass (Vocal)
Dennis Keene   Conductor
Kathy Theil   Soprano (Vocal)
Tina Wilcox   Alto (Vocal)
Archie Worley   Tenor (Vocal)
Neil Farrell   Tenor (Vocal)
Esther Mullens   Alto (Vocal)
Misa Iwama   Alto (Vocal)
Margery Daley   Soprano (Vocal)
Ahling Neu   Viola

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Carol Rosenberger   Executive Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Donald Fraser   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Amelia S. Haygood   Executive Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Miles Kreuger   Liner Notes
Ramiro Belgardt   Producer
James Bassi   Arranger
Dennis Keene   Arranger
Jeff Mee   Engineer
Mark Evans   Artwork

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