- Audio CD (September 23, 2016)
- Original Release Date: September 23, 2016
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Concord Records
- ASIN: B01JGKMV56
- Average Customer Review: 213 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,628 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The Art Of Elegance is the album that Tony & Emmy-winning Kristin Chenoweth was destined to record. Produced by Steve Tyrell (Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross), the singer's/actress' fifth studio album is a radiant compendium of the America Songbook, along with Kristin's favorites. Bathed in Alan Broadbent's luxurious string arrangements, this ticket to elegance features everything from George & Ira Gershwin's 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' 'I've Got a Crush on You' and 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' to Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' to Burt Bacharach & Hal David's 'A House Is Not a Home.'
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"The Art of Elegance" is something every generation can really enjoy, my Dad is 77 years young & still has every record he ever bought, still in pristine condition, and his face just lit up when he saw the track listing! So we sat & listened, it was like a wonderful trip back in time for my Dad, and he too was blown away by the quality. First of course by Kristin's amazing voice, which is classic - she could be dropped into any decade (or heck, even any century! See her "Coming Home" DVD, there is a beautiful song from the 1850's in the Bonus section, I really recommend buying that too!), and by the musicians who accompany her, and the quality of the recording. I agree, all of this is just absolutely stellar and lovely.
I am sorry this is sort of a scattered review, I just am really loving this CD (and a bit sleepy :0)). Kristin and the great people she works with have an amazing knack at choosing the absolute right songs, and Kristin is a Master at making even something you have heard many times before seem new. And as usual, it always amazes me to hear this amazing voice come from such a tiny human :0) The only thing I could wish for is that my Grandparents were here to listen to "The Art Of Elegance", as I know my Grandmothers, both of whom were pianists, one sang on the radio in Oklahoma City in the 1940's, would love this wonderful collection of songs. Really well done, as always, Kristin, this is exactly what so many of us who have had a less-than-stellar year need - I am just transported to another time when I listen... and I am very grateful to have this music!! Brava!
Art of Elegance is a collection of standards. Someone to Watch Over Me and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered are highlights for me, but every title here is a well known and loved standard. Each of these songs has been covered many times, yet this collection stands out.
I believe that singing is just another type of acting job. And these songs are well acted. Ms. Chenoweth avoids excessive flourishes and showy decorations and in so doing she gives these songs much more real emotion and a sense of honesty than they would have had otherwise. In other words, she uses her considerable talent to serve the material rather than to demonstrate what she can do. Thank you Kristin!
This is an easy listening album, but it never lapses into dinner music (except maybe during the piano solo in Smile). The production is great. The engineering sounds perfect to me, but I confess I’m half way to having old man hearing. :-(
If you like this style of music, give Art of Elegance a listen. And let’s hope there’s a follow-up.
Highlights are "Skylark," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "A House Is Not a Home," and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." When Ms. Chenoweth has this kind of material to work with, she soars.