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Noel Coward Songbook

Ian Bostridge Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I Travel AloneIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. London Calling: Parisian PierrotIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. On With the Dance: Poor Little Rich GirlIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. This Year of Grace: World WearyIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. This Year of Grace: Mary make-believeIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. This Year of Grace: A Room with a View (duet)Ian Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate/Sophie Daneman 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. This Year of Grace: Dance, Little LadyIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bitter Sweet: If You Could Only Come With MeIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bitter Sweet: I'll See You Again (duet)Ian Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate/Sophie Daneman 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bitter Sweet: ZigeunerIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Dream is OverIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Cochran's 1931 Revue: Any Little FishIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cavalcade: Twentieth Century BluesIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Words and Music: Mad Dogs and EnglishmenIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate/Sophie Daneman 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Words and Music: Let's Say GoodbyeIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Words and Music: Something To Do With Spring (duet)Ian Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate/Sophie Daneman 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Words and Music: The Party's Over NowIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Private Lives: Someday I'll Find You (duet)Ian Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate/Sophie Daneman 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Set to Music: Never AgainIan Bostridge/Jeffrey Tate 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Ian Bostridge was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer. His international recital career includes the world’s major concert halls and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schubertiade Festivals. In 1999 he premiered a song-cycle written for him by Hans Werner Henze. In 2003/04 he held ... Read more in Amazon's Ian Bostridge Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00006HM8Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coward the Composer, Quite Charming without the Camp November 18, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. I have a collection of Noel Coward performing his major songs, and I found it entertaining, but frankly I was never much drawn to it after the initial novelty wore off. I never really appreciated Coward as a composer because his campy persona and limited vocal talents got in the way. I bought this CD as a gift for a big Coward fan, and I am ashamed that I have not yet given it to him because I enjoy it so much. Bostridge is a really fine tenor. The beauty and subtlety of his voice bring out the beauty of Coward's melodies and the wit of his lyrics without overwhelming them with a heavy and mannered "classical" style, which is the bane of most such "crossover" CDs. The CD is also beautifully recorded. Outstanding songs include "I Travel Alone," "Parisian Pierrot," "World Weary," and "A Room with a View." Bostridge also has just the right touch with the goofier songs like "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "Something to do with Spring," and "Any Little Fish." I highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys witty cabaret songs in general and Coward in particular. It really did give me a new and greater appreciation of Coward's considerable talents as a composer.
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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars COWARD'S THEATRE SONGS September 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes musical artists should NOT attempt cross-over albums. I am a huge fan of Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price and Joan Sutherland, but their ventures into "popular" music were, at best, misguided and, at worst, heavy-handed and pretentious. Although Ian Bostridge does not embarrass himself, there is no question that he should stick to more "serious" music and leave musical comedy to other singers.
The theatre songs of Noel Coward take a very different kind of approach than Bostridge gives them. They need an actor who happens to be singing. Except for a very few of the songs on this CD (written by Coward for operettas instead of musical comedies) Bostridge's approach is absolutely without any character. All of these numbers are impeccably sung by Bostridge, but none of them are ever really acted. Coward's songs MUST be acted whether they were written in a comic or sentimental vein. The result is another misfired cross-over album in what otherwise is a splendid career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting in many ways June 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD after reading the reviews, asking if it is a wise choice. I love Ian Bostridge art, intelligent artist, great singer; I admire Noël Coward works, intelligent, caustic. But I was not sure of the mix of both.
After hearing it, I still have mixed opinions but I like it. Bostridge singing is, as usual, pristine,and his approach (as he pointed out on the album notes) is probably closer to Weill than Coward. Don't know if that is a right choice but it is valid as an artistic proposal.
Also, in this kind of albums I always miss the orchestral support. Jeffrey Tate sounds good at the piano, but a little weak given the fact that this is music for the stage.
Anyway, the album is good because it is not common to find the work of people like Coward. Also pay attention to Sophie Daneman's interventions, a beautiful voice that deserves more.
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