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The Noël Coward Music Index

Discography - Other Notable Recordings of Noël Coward's Music (ONR)

ONR Albums

(For ONR Individual Recordings Click here...)
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Titles of recommended tracks/interpretations appear in bold throughout ONR 00 - ONR 32a


ONR 00 After The Ball

CD Kritzerland 20010-1 (USA, 2005)

The Irish Repertory Theatre Production (2005):
Kathleen Widdoes (KW), Mary Illes (MI), Kristin Huxhold (KH), Paul Carlin (PC),
David Staller (DS), Collette Simmons (CS), Greg Mills (GM), Josh Grisetti (JG), Drew Eshelman (DE), Elizabeth Inghram (EI), MD & pno. accomp by Mark Hartman, Dir. & adap. Tony Walton/Barry Day

(Although only accompanied by piano and a couple of solo instruments, this does not detract from the music but, rather, allows the lyrics to come across with great clarity.  The singing is mostly extremely well-polished and beautifully in tune, and in several instances is rather an improvement over OCR 15)

Why Is It The Woman Who Pays? (the ladies), I Knew That You Would Be My Love (KH & PC), Mr Hopper’s Chanty (GM+), Sweet Day (KH), Stay On The Side of the Angels (DS), Oh What a Century It’s Been (the gentlemen), May I Have The Pleasure (GM & KW), Good Evening, Lady Windermere (MI, DE & ch.), Let’s Say Goodbye (MI), I Offer You My Heart (DS & KH), Lady Windermere’s Aria (‘I Feel So Terribly Alone’) (KH), London At Night (the gentlemen), Letter Song/Never Again (DS), Why Is It The Woman Who Pays? (reprise), Clear Bright Morning (KH), All My Life Ago (listed as ‘Remember Me’) (MI), Something On a Tray (KW), Faraway Land (GM), Let’s Say Goodbye (reprise), Light Is the Heart (MI + ch.), Finale – Sweet Day (cast).


ONR 01 Bitter Sweet

CDTER 21160 (London, Oct/Nov.1988)

New Sadler's Wells Opera chorus, Valerie Masterson (VM), Martin Smith(MS), Rosemary Ashe (RA), Donald Maxwell (DM), Tim Griffin (TG), New Sadler's Wells Orchestra (NSWO) cond. Michael Reed, dir. Ian Judge, MD Stuart Hutchinson:

(This recording grew out of the Sadler's Wells revival of Bitter Sweet in February 1988, which subsequently went on a national tour. It is certainly the most complete and is probably the best available. The voices, characterisation, pacing and clarity of the numbers is generally good, backed up by some interesting and thoughtful orchestrations variously by Robert Stewart, Michael Reed, Ted Brennan and Alexander Faris (though there is a little unnecessary fiddling about with original scorings). The main criticism is that Martin Smith does not hold up well in comparison to the other singers, showing a much more 1980's music-theatre singing style than the others, and he is not a good match for Masterson in their duets; in fact, one rather wonders why he was considered an appropriate choice of voice in the first place! Rosemary Ashe is clear and well-judged in her numbers, and the chorus numbers are delivered with clarity and precision.)

Alas! The Time Is Past (Ladies' Sextette), Bitter Sweet Valse (NSWO), Bonne Nuit, Merci (RA), The Call Of Life (VM), Dear Little Cafe (VM & MS), Finale [I'll See You Again] (VM, MS & chorus), Finale, Act I [Eeny Meeny Miny Mo] (VW, MS & Co), Footmen Quartette (four chorus), Green Carnation (Men's Quartet), I'll See You Again (VM & MS), If Love Were All (RA), If You Could Only Come With Me (MS), Kiss Me (RA), Ladies Of The Town (NSWO Co), The Last Dance (NSWO Co), Life in the Morning [Opening Chorus, Act II] (NSWO Co), Officers' Chorus [We Wish to Order Wine] (NSWO Co), Polka (NSWO), Should Happiness Forsake Me [Finale, Act 1] (VM & MS), Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay (NSWO Co), That Wonderful Melody (TG),  Tokay (DM), What Is Love? (VM), Zigeuner (VM).


ONR 02 Bitter Sweet - Highlights.

MFP 1091 (1961)

Adele Leigh (AL), James Pease (JP), Susan Hampshire (SH), The Linden Singers (LS), Ken Alwyn and the New World Show Orchestra (NWO)

Bonne Nuit, Merci (SH),  Dear Little Cafe (AL & JP), Finale (AL & JP, Cast), Green Carnation (LS), I'll See You Again (AL & JP), If Love Were All (SH), If You Could Only Come With Me (JP), Kiss Me (SH), Ladies Of The Town (LS), Overture (NWO), Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay (LS), Tokay (JP), What Is Love? (AL),  Zigeuner (AL).


ONR 03 Bitter Sweet - Highlights.

Angel 35814 (1962)

Vanessa Lee (VL), Roberto Cardinali (RC), Julie Dawn (JD), John Hauxvell (JH); Rita Williams Singers (RWS), Michael Collins and His Orchestra (MCO).

The Call Of Life (VL), Dear Little Cafe (VL & RC), Finale (VL & RC), I'll See You Again (VL & RC), If Love Were All (JD), If You Could Only Come With Me (RC), Kiss Me (JD), Ladies Of The Town (RWS), Overture (MCO), Tokay (JH), Zigeuner (VL).


ONR 04 Bitter Sweet - Highlights.

EMI TWO 273 (1969)

June Bronhill (JB), Neville Jason (NJ), Julia D'Alba (JD), Leslie Fyson (LF), John McCarthy Singers (JMS), Johnny Douglas and His Orchestra (JDO)

(The main criticism of this album is the cliché-ed late-Mantovani-style orchestrations,which are often much too fussy and obtrusive. June Bronhill may also be a touch too warbly (and with a tendency to flatness) for some tastes. However, Julia D'Alba is effective in all her numbers. June Bronhill starred in the 1970 touring production revival of Bitter Sweet.)

The Call Of Life (JB), Dear Little Cafe (JB & NJ), Finale (JB, NJ, JD), Green Carnation (JMS), I'll See You Again (JB & NJ), If Love Were All (JD), If You Could Only Come With Me (NJ),  Kiss Me (JD),  Ladies Of The Town (JMS), Overture (JDO), Tokay (LF), What Is Love? (JB), Zigeuner (JB).   


ONR 05 Bobby, Noël and Cole.

Atlantic 7 82062-2 (1972)

Bobby Short.

(Clear and unexceptionable renditions of most numbers. See 'Home Chat' of April 2005 for an Obituary of Bobby Short.)

Any Little Fish, Dear Little Caféß, Hearts and Flowers,   I Travel Alone, I'll See You Again, If Love Were AllImagine The Duchess' Feelings, Josephine, Let's Fly Away*, Matelot, Never Again, Nina, Poor Little Rich Girl, A Room with a View, Someday I'll Find You, Something To Do With Spring, Then, Wait A Bit Joe, We Were Dancing, Where Are The Songs We Sung?, World Weary, You Were There, The Younger Generation.  (*Music by Cole Porter)


ONR 05a Cocktails and Laughter

Steve Ross in cabaret (with Dominic Vlasto) Private recording for NCS, Pizza-on-the-Park, London 31-Jan-04

(Although a privately-produced and not for resale CD, this is included here on the grounds that the CD is widely abvailable to Members of the Noël Coward Society. These recordings, though marred by poor recording conditions, show all the exuberance and tensions of a live performance, including imperfections in details of the accompaniment; but self-accompaniment is a devilishly tricky thing to bring off well, and Steve Ross always does bring it off. As a leading torch-bearer for worldwide cabaret presentation of the great songwriters of the 20th Century his work deserves wide recognition, and his background knowledge of the repertoire is second to none.)

Where Are The Songs We Sung?/Play, Orchestra, Play, Mrs Worthington, Forbidden Fruit, What’s Going To Happen To The Tots?, This Is A Changing World, Waltz Songs Medley, Dear Little Café/A Room With A View, Parisian Pierrot, I Travel Alone/Sail Away, Why Do The Wrong People Travel?, Most Of Ev’ry Day/Never Again, A Bar On The Piccola Marina, (…other non-Coward items…) What Am I To Do? (Porter), Home Sweet Heaven (Gray/Martin), There Will Always Be (DV), Loch Lomond (Hackforth) (DV), You Were There, If Love Were All, I’ll See You Again, Let’s Do It (Porter/Coward).


ONR 06 Conversation Piece

Studio recording Columbia Records, New York, 26 January 1951
Lp CBS ASL 163

Lily Pons (LP), Noël Coward (NC), Richard Burton (RB), Ellen Faul (EF), Dorothy Johnson (DJ), Rosalind Nadell (RN). Arrangements by Carol Huxley, Orchestra conducted by Lehman Engel (LEO).
(Coward's own tracks are listed at NCR 32)

Overture (LEO), Prologue, Charming, Charming (LP, EF, DJ, RN), Dear Little Soldiers (LP, EF, DJ, RN), English Lesson (LP), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (LP, NC), Melanie's Aria (LP, RB), Nevermore (LP), Public Gardens


ONR 07 Cowardy Custard

RCA LSO 6010 Lp (1972)

Olivia Breeze (OB), Geoffrey Burridge (JB), Jonathan Cecil (JC), Tudor Davies (TD), Elaine Delmar (ED), Laurel Ford (LF), Peter Gale (PG), John Moffatt (JM), Patricia Routledge (PR), Anna Sharkey (AS), Una Stubbs (US), Derek Waring (DW), The Company (TC)

(Lots of unusual Coward numbers in this collection, but a very wide variety in the quality of vocal styles and orchestrations)

Alice Is At It Again (TD & US), Any Little Fish (AS & PG), Beatnik Love Affair (TD & US), Bronxville Darby And Joan (PR & JM), Don't Take Our Charlie For The Army (TC), Forbidden Fruit (ED, PR, US, JC, PG, DW), I Like America (PG), I Went To a Marvellous Party (PR), I Wonder What Happened to Him? (JC, JM, DW), I'm Mad About You (TC), If Love Were All (TD & TC), Let's Do It (TC), London (TC), London At Night (JM), London Is A Little Bit Of All Right (TC), London Pride (DW), Louisa (OB, PR, JM), Mad About The Boy (PR, US, AS, ED), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (ED), Miss Mouse (US), Mrs Worthington (JM), Nina (JM), The Passenger's Always Right (TC), Play, Orchestra, Play (TC), Poor Little Rich Girl (DW), A Room with a View (LF & JB), Saturday Night At The Rose And Crown (TC), Specially for You (PR & JM), Spinning Song (PR), The Stately Homes Of England (JC, TD, JM, DW), There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner (PG, JM, DW), Touring Days (PR & JM), Twentieth Century Blues (ED), Useless Useful Phrases (PR), What Ho, Mrs Brisket (TC), When You Want Me (ED & DW), Why Do The Wrong People Travel? (TD & LF), Why Must The Show Go On? (TC), Would You Like to Stick a Pin in My Balloon? (US), You Were There (PR).


ONR 08 The Dance Bands Play Noël Coward (1923-36)

PAST CD 9758

Ambrose and the Mayfair Orchestra (AMO), Debroy Somers and the Savoy Orpheans (DSSO), Jack Hylton and his Orchestra (JHO), Jack Payne and BBC Dance Orchestra (JPDO), Ray Noble and his Mayfair Orchestra (RNMO), Jack Jackson and his Dorchester Orchestra (JJDO), Ray Noble and his New Mayfair Pearl Flapper Orchestra (RNNMO), Al Starita and the Piccadilly Dance Band (ASPDB), Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans (CGSO), Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra (HHBDO), Ray Starita and his Ambassadors (RSA)

(A must for anyone interested in how Coward's 1920's and 1930's music would have sounded to contemporary audiences.)

*Asterisked items were not included in the earlier Lp release EMI SH 278 which did, however, include 'Specially For You' (ONR 120) and 'Teach Me To Dance Like Grandma' (ONR 122), and a different recording of 'Mad About The Boy' (ONR 82).

Children of the Ritz (in medley RNNMO), Dance Little Lady (AMO), Dear Little Cafe (in medley JHO), Half-Caste Woman, (Sam Browne & AMO), If Love Were All (Sam Browne & JHO), I Travel Alone* (Alberta Hunter & JJDO), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (HHBDO), I'll See You Again (in medley, Sam Browne & JHO), I'm Mad About You (Eddie Grossbart & ASPDB), Kiss Me (in medley, JHO), Let's Live Dangerously (in medley, RNNMO), Let's Say Goodbye (in medley, RNNMO), Lover Of My Dreams (JPDO), Mad About The Boy* (Elsie Carlisle & RSA), Maggie (in medley, RNNMO), Most Of Ev'ry Day (Fred Latham & JJDO), The Party's Over Now (in medley RNNMO), Play, Orchestra, Play (Robert Ashley & CGSO), Poor Little Rich Girl (DSSO), Regency Rakes* (includes Dancer, Dancer) (HHBDO), A Room with a View (Sam Browne, Noël 'Chappie' D'Amato, Jack Jackson & JHO), Russian Blues (JHO), Something To Do With Spring (in medley, RNNMO), Try To Learn To Love (AMO), You Were There* (Robert Ashley & CGSO), The Younger Generation (Al Bowlly & RNNMO), Zigeuner (in medley, JHO).


ONR 09 Dance to the Music from 'Sail Away'

CAPITOL Lp ST 1666 (1962)

Ted Straeter and His Society Orchestra

Beatnik Love Affair, Come To Me, Don't Turn Away from Love, Go Slow, Johnny, Later Than Spring, The Passenger's Always Right, Sail Away, Something Very Strange, When You Want Me, Where Shall I Find Him?, Why Do The Wrong People Travel?, You're A Long, Long Way From America.


ONR 09a An Evening with Sheridan Morley & Michael Law

PICCD 101 (2003)

All songs sung at the piano by Michael Law except *vocal Judy Campbell

(We cannot recommend this artist highly enough, for straightforward verbal clarity without histrionics, pleasing vocal quality brought to bear in the "singer's" songs, and neatly stylish self-accompaniments.)

Touring Days, Any Little Fish, Mrs Worthington, Sail Away, *If Love Were All, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, A Bar On The Piccola Marina, You Were There, The Stately Homes of England, London Pride, That Is The End Of The News, I'll See You Again

[Also contains numbers by other composers (Porter, Flanders & Swann, Lehrer), Judy Campbell singing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and Sheridan Morley's spoken interludes and commentaries.]


ONR 10
Famed Songs of Noël Coward and Ivor Novello


DOT DLP 3047 (Date unknown)
(also World Records SC32)

Dick Bentley (DB), Jean Campbell (JC), John Hanson (JH), Doreen Hume (DH).
Westminster Festival Orchestra conducted by Johnny Gregory

Chase Me, Charlie (JC), Dear Little Cafe (JC & DB), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (DH), I'll See You Again (JH & DH), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (DB), Someday I'll Find You (JH & DH), The Stately Homes Of England (DB), Tokay (JH), Zigeuner (DH).


ONR 11
The Grand Tour - The Ballet Music of Noël Coward


SILKD 6007 (1995)

Robin White and the City of Prague Philharmonia

The Grand Tour (Adapted and orchestrated by Hershey Kay): Opening, Exercises, Someday I'll Find You, Tarantella, Half-Caste Woman (vocal - David Kernan), Apotheosis.

London Morning (Orchestrated by Gordon Jacob): Prelude, Polka - Sentries Duet, Allegro/Mazurka, Allegro/Hornpipe, Alla Marcia/Allegretto/Allegro Vivace, Pas de Deux, Allegro Moderato/Pas de Trois, March for the Changing of the Guard, Allegro, Pas de Deux, Valse, Allegro Vivace, Rain Music/Finale.


ONR 12 If Love Were All

VARESE SARABANDE 302 066 0832(1999)

Twiggy (T) and Harry Groener (HG) in 'The Noël Coward/Gertrude Lawrence Musical', an entertainment devised by Sheridan Morley (a revised version of Morley's Noël and Gertie - see ONR 20)

Musical Direction, arrangements & piano accompaniment by Tom Fay

(The best of these interpretations are very effective.)

Has Anybody Seen Our Ship? (T & HG), I Like America (T), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (T), I'll Remember Her (HG)/I'll See You Again (T), I'm Mad About You (T & HG), If Love Were All (T & HG), London Pride (T & HG), Mad About The Boy (T & HG), Mad Dogs and Englishmen (HG), Men About Town (T & HG), Mrs Worthington (HG), Parisian Pierrot (T), Poor Little Rich Girl (HG), A Room With a View (T & HG), Someday I'll Find You (T & HG), Twentieth Century Blues (T), You Were There (T & HG), The Younger Generation (HG).


ONR 13
If Love Were All - the songs of Noël Coward


Canzona Music (London) CANZ CD2 (2000)

Dominic Alldis (vocal and piano), with Alec Dankworth (bass), Clark Tracey (drums), Tim Garland (sax), Adam Glasser (harmonica)

Come the Wild Wild Weather, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, If Love Were All, The Party's Over Now, A Room With a View, Sail Away, Sigh No More, Why Do the Wrong People Travel?, World Weary.


ONR 14 Joan Sutherland Sings Noël Coward

BELART 450 014-2 (1966)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Orchestra

Bright Was The Day, Charming, Charming, Countess Mitzi, Dearest Love (with Noël Coward), I Knew That You Would Be My Love, I'll Follow My Secret Heart (with Noël Coward), I'll See You Again (with John Wakefield), Melanie's Aria, Nevermore, This Is A Changing World, Where Are The Songs We Sung?, Zigeuner.


ONR 15 The King's Singers Sing Flanders & Swann and Noël Coward

(Some interesting vocal arrangements)

The King's Singers
Lp MMG 1120 (1977)

I'll See You Again, London Pride, Mad Dogs And Englishmen, Matelot, Nina, The Stately Homes Of England, There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner.


ONR 16 Mad About the Man - Carmen Mc Rae sings Noël Coward

Carmen McRae, with orchestra directed by Jack Pleis

(If you like Carmen McRae you'll like this album, but purists will feel that her individual vocal style is often indulged at the expense of the words and music.)

Originally Decca Lp DL 8662 (1957)
Universal Victor CD MVCJ 19202 (Japanese import)

Any Little Fish, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, I'll See You Again, If Love Were All, Mad About The Boy, Never Again, Poor Little Rich Girl, A Room with a View, Someday I'll Find You, Why Does Love Get In The Way?, World Weary, Zigeuner.


ONR 16a Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Songs by Sir Noël Coward

Courtney Kenny

CD LMSYS 3 (2001)

(Kenny includes some rarely-heard, far less recorded, items which are worthy of note. His approach to the comedic half-spoken numbers is sound enough, but the vocal quality is not really strong enough to carry the melodic numbers with sufficient grace. His accompaniments, also, can be disappointing.)

Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Why Do The Wrong People Travel?, I Travel Alone, Uncle Harry, Useful Phrases, I Wonder What Happened To Him?, Matelot, Half-Caste Woman, Sail Away, Nina, I Like America, Medley, That Is The end Of The News, Carrie, Give Me The Kingston Py-Pass, There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner, Waltz Medley, If Love Were All, Alice Is At It Again, Mrs Worthington, Irish Song, The Party's Over Now.


ONR 17 The Magnificence Of Noël Coward

POLYDOR 2310 279 (1974)

Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra

 

(We don't think these interpretations are at all magnificent!)

Chase Me, Charlie, Dance Little Lady, Dear Little Cafe, Dearest Love, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, I'll See You Again, If Love Were All, Kiss Me, London Pride, Mad About The Boy, Mad Dogs And Englishmen, Matelot, Mrs Worthington, Nina, Poor Little Rich Girl, A Room with a View, Someday I'll Find You, The Stately Homes Of England, Tokay, Twentieth Century Blues, You Were There, Zigeuner


ONR 18 A Marvellous Party - The Music of Noël Coward and Friends

 

CDJAY 1375   (orig.1999)

Michael Law (ML), Alison Williams (AW) and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra

(Good "clean" interpretations in classic dance-band style. Recommended.)

Dance Little Lady (ML), Dearest Love (AW), Half-Caste Woman (ML), I Went To a Marvelous Party (ML), London Pride (ML), Mad About The Boy (AW), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (ML), Nina (ML), The Party's Over Now, (ML), Poor Little Rich Girl (ML), A Room with a View (ML & AW)


ONR 18a The Music of Noël Coward

Lp Decca Eclipse ECS 2153 (1965)

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra

 

(Music only, no lyrics; and each side of the Lp is effectively one long medley of seven titles each. The titles in question are:)

A Room With a View, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, Dear Little Cafe, Twentieth Century Blues, Zigeuner, You Were There, Dearest Love; Someday I'll Find You, Tokay, Mad About The Boy, Dance Little Lady, Lover Of My Dreams, Sigh No More, I'll See You Again.


ONR 19 Noël & Cole - Together With Music

Oakton Productions (USA) CD:
ORCD 1001 (2000)

Benjamin Sears (BS), Valerie Anastasio (VA) and Bradford Conner (BC) (vocals), variously accompanied by Bradford Conner and Tim Harbold.
(Album includes various songs by Cole Porter)

I Went to a Marvellous Party (BS), If Love Were All (VA), Let's Do It (Porter with NC lyrics) (BS, VA & BC), Mrs Worthington (BC), Nina (VA), A Room With a View (VA & BS), Someday I'll Find You VA & BS), Together With Music (VA, BS & BC), We Were Dancing (VA), World Weary (BS).


ONR 20 Noël And Gertie

CDTER 1117 (1986)

An entertainment devised by Sheridan Morley; redone later in the US as If Love Were All - see ONR 12)

Patricia Hodge (PH) and Lewis Fiander (LF), William Blezard, Musical Director and Piano (WB)

(Recommended)

Come The Wild, Wild Weather (PH), Dance Little Lady (PH & LF), Has Anybody Seen Our Ship? (LF & PH), I Travel Alone (LF), I'll Remember Her (LF), I'll See You Again (LF & PH), Men About Town (PH & LF), Mrs Worthington (LF), Overture (WB), Parisian Pierrot (PH), Play, Orchestra, Play (PH & LF), Sail Away (PH), Someday I'll Find You (PH & LF), Touring Days (LF & PH), We Were Dancing (PH & LF), Why Must The Show Go On? (LF & PH), You Were There (LF & PH).


ONR 21 Noël Coward Favorites

MGM 10" Lp E195 (1955)

Paul Britten Orchestra

 

Dearest Love, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, I'll See You Again, Matelot, Poor Little Rich Girl, A Room with a View, Someday I'll Find You, Zigeuner


ONR 22 Noël Coward Revisited

Painted Smiles PSCD 110 (1968/90*)

Nancy Andrews (NA), Ann Hampton Callaway (AHC), Edward Earle (EE), Hermione Gingold (HG), Laurence Harvey (LH), Myvanwy Jenn (MJ), Barbara Lea (BL), Dorothy Loudon (DL), Arthur Siegel (AS), The Satisfactions (TS). Musical Director, Norman Paris.

(Originally on Lp, the 5 *asterisked numbers were added for the 1990 CD release)

(A lot of unusual NC numbers and some good interpretations.)

Chase Me, Charlie (NA), Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans (EE & TS), Evening in Summer (NA & TS), Green Carnation (EE & TS), The Hall of Fame* (BL, AS, MJ), He Never Did That To Me (HG), Housemaid's Knees (HG), If Love Were All (DL), Let's Live Dangerously* (AHC, MJ, BL, AS), London At Night (EE & TS), May I Have the Pleasure? (LH), Most Of Ev'ry Day* (AHC), Never Again (LH), Nothing Can Last Forever (LH), Operette* (MJ), That Is The End Of The News (HG & NA), When My Ship Comes Home* (AS), The Wife of an Acrobat (HG), You Were There (LH)


ONR 23 The Noël Coward Songbook

EMI Classics 72435573742 (2002)

Ian Bostridge (tenor) with Sophie Daneman* (soprano), accompanied by Jeffrey Tate

(Good on the melodic numbers, but not always comfortable in the style. Frankly, also he should have engaged an accompanist who was more experienced in light-music accompaniment!)

Twentieth Century Blues, Parisian Pierrot, Poor Little Rich Girl, World Weary, Mary Make-Believe, A Room With a View*, Dance, Little Lady, If Only You Could Come With Me, I'll See You Again*, Zigeuner, The Dream Is Over, Any Little Fish, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Let's Say Goodbye, Something To Do With Spring*, The Party's Over Now, Never Again, Someday I'll Find You*, I Travel Alone


ONR 24 Noël Coward Vocal Gems

HMV Plum Label 12" 78 rpm C3635/36.

Joyce Grenfell (JG), Graham Payn (GP), Anne Ziegler (AZ) with Harry Acres & Orchestra (HAO). (11 March 1947)

Two of the four sides were released on EMI Lp SH 507, including the songs marked with *. No individual song is separately tracked, as they are arranged in sequences.

Bright Was the Day (AZ), *Dance Little Lady (GP), Dearest Love (AZ), *I'll Follow My Secret Heart (AZ), *I'll See You Again (AZ), Ladies of the Town (HAO), London Pride (JG), *Mad About the Boy (JG), *Matelot (GP), One, Two, Three (JG), *Parisian Pierrot (JG), Poor Little Rich Girl (GP), A Room With a View (GP & JG), *Sigh No More (GP), *Someday I'll Find You (HAO), The Stately Homes of England (HAO), *Zigeuner (HAO)


ONR 25 Noël/Cole - Let's Do It!

SONGCD 910 (1994)

Liz Robertson (LR), Louise Gold (LG), David Kernan (DK), Peter Greenwell (PG), Pat Kirkwood (PK), Robin Ray (RR); Pno. acc. & arrangements variously by Peter Greenwell, Jason Carr, Paul Bateman & Matthew Freeman

Chase Me, Charlie (PK), Come The Wild, Wild Weather (DK), I Went To A Marvellous Party (PG, DK, LR, LG), I Wonder What Happened To Him? (PG, DK), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (LG, LR, DK), I'll See You Again (LR, LG), London Pride (DK), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (RR), Matelot (DK), Mrs Worthington (PG), Nina (DK), Play, Orchestra, Play (LG, LR), Someday I'll Find You (DK), Twentieth Century Blues (LG, LR), Useless Useful Phrases (PG), Where Are The Songs We Sung? (DK, LR, LG)


ONR 26 Oh Coward!

Lp BELL 9001 (1972)

Roderick Cook (RC), Barbara Cason (BC), Jamie Ross (JR) Arr. & cond. Rene Weigert

A Bar On The Piccola Marina (RC), Bright Young People (BC, RC, JR), I Went To A Marvellous Party (RC), If Love Were All (BC), The Island of Bolamazoo (RC, JR, RC), Let's Do It! (BC, RC, JR), London Pride (BC), Mad About The Boy (BC), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (RC, BC, JR), Mrs Worthington (RC, BC, JR), Nina (JR), The Passenger's Always Right (BC, RC, JR), Something To Do With Spring (BC, JR), The Stately Homes Of England, (RC, JR), That Is The End Of The News (BC, RC), Three White Feathers (BC, RC), Uncle Harry (BC, JR), We Must All Be Very Kind To Auntie Jessie (RC), Why Do The Wrong People Travel? (BC, JR), World Weary (JR, RC, BC), You Were There (JR).


ONR 27 A Room with a View - Noël Coward Songs

Newport NPD 85647 (1998)

Richard Conrad, with William Merrill, piano

(We highlight some numbers on account of their rarity, but do not on the whole care for the interpretations.)

Dance Little Lady, I Saw No Shadow, I Travel Alone, If Love Were All, Josephine, Matelot, Mrs Worthington, Never Again, Parisian Pierrot, The Party's Over Now, Poor Little Rich Girl, A Room with a View, Sigh No More, Uncle Harry, Where Are The Songs We Sung?, Why Does Love Get In The Way?, You Were There


ONR 27a Someday I'll Find You

Columbia 33SX 1260 (1960)

Victor Silvester and his Silver Strings play the music of Noël Coward

Orchestrations by Dick Barrell (all instrumental)

(These arrangements are fine, if what you are after is classic 1960's-style background music with much use of lush strings. In fact the disc was aimed at the dance market, and all the pieces are clear and well-controlled Quicksteps, Slow Foxtrots or Waltzes.)

Someday I'll Find You, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, Dance Little Lady, Mary Make-Believe, You Were There, Parisian Pierrot, Nothing Can Last For Ever, Dearest Love, Poor Little Rich Girl, Dear Little CafŽ, Zigeuner, Kiss Me, Mad About The Boy, London Pride, A Room With a View, I'll See You Again.


ONR 28
The Songs of Noël Coward - Barbara Lea and Keith Ingham are Mad About The Boy

Barbara Lea with Keith Ingham, piano

Challenge CHR 70073 (8-9 March 1999)

(We recommend these interpretations!)

Zigeuner, There Will Always Be, Twentieth Century Blues, Mad About the Boy, Chase Me Charlie, Never Again, Sigh No More, If Love Were All, Sail Away, A Room With a View, Poor Little Rich Girl, Medley (includes Someday I'll Find You, I'll See You Again and I'll Follow My Secret Heart), Something Very Strange, Nina, Come the Wild, Wild Weather, When You Want Me, Play Orchestra Play, You WereThere, World Weary, The Party's Over Now


ONR 29 Songs of Noël Coward

Capitol Records CCF 161 3620-3625
(a three-45rpm disc set issued ?1954)

Georges Tzipine and his Concert Orchestra

(Generally very pleasing instrumental arrangements)

I'll Follow My Secret Heart, I'll See You Again, We were Dancing, Someday I'll Find You, Zigeuner, Mad About the Boy


ONR 30 A Talent to Amuse - The Words and Music of Noël Coward

Peter Greenwell

SILVAD 3009 (1995)

(At best, PG is very good, but sometimes not rhythmic enough in his accompaniments.)

Any Little Fish, A Bar On The Piccola Marina, Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun?, Mad About The Boy [includes the "suppressed" fifth refrain], Mad Dogs And Englishmen, 'London' Medley, 'Opening' Medley, Mrs Worthington, The Party's Over Now, A Room with a View, Sail Away, That Is The End Of The News, Uncle Harry, Where Are The Songs We Sung?, Why Must The Show Go On?, World Weary.


ONR 30a Together With Music

Lp RCA VRLI 0357

June Bronhill and Dennis Olsen (Adelaide, Feb.1981)

 

(June Bronhill is, I am afraid, too warbly in her vocal style, and a bit too belting in her delivery for all contexts; but at best this LP, which was mixed with numbers by Ivor Novello, contains worthwhile interpretations and some notable recorded rarities. See also ONR 04 and ONR 32, and 'Home Chat' of April 2005 for an Obituary of June Bronhill.)

Together With Music (JB & DO), We Must All Be Very Kind To Auntie Jessie (DO), Chase Me Charlie (JB), Something Very Strange (JB), Mad Dogs and Englishmen (DO), If Love Were All (JB), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (JB), Plus De Coeur Discret (JB).


ONR 31 Twentieth Century Blues - The Songs of Noël Coward

(Very variable quality of interpretations!)

EMI 7243 49463127 (1998)

I Went To A Marvellous Party (The Divine Comedy), I'll Follow My Secret Heart (Sting), I'll See You Again (Brian Ferry), London Pride (Damon Albam & Michael Nyman), Mad About The Boy (Marianne Faithful), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Space), Mrs Worthington (Vic Reeves), Parisian Pierrot (Texas), Poor Little Rich Girl (Suede featuring Raissa), A Room with a View (Paul McCartney), Sail Away (Pet Shop Boys), Someday I'll Find You (Shola Ama with Craig Armstrong), There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner (Robbie Williams), Twentieth Century Blues (Elton John).


ONR 32 The Words and Music of Noël Coward

EMI 7243 5 20727 2 9 (1965/CD 1999)

June Bronhill (JB), Joyce Grenfell (JG), Dickie Henderson (DH), James Hawthorne (JH), Cleo Laine (CL), Kenneth Williams (KW); Lissa Gray Singers (LGS), Brian Fahey and his Orchestra, *Tony Osborne and his Orchestra, #Cyril Ornadel and his Orchestra.

(Worth it for the Kenneth Williams tracks alone.)

Dearest Love (JB), Finale to Bitter Sweet (JB), I'll See You Again (JB, JH), If Love Were All (JG), *Mad About The Boy (CL), Mad Dogs And Englishmen (KW), *Matelot (CL), Mrs Worthington (KW), *Nina (DH), #Overture, The Party's Over Now (JG), *A Room with a View (DH), Someday I'll Find You (JB), The Stately Homes Of England (LGS), You Were There (JB).


ONR 32a World Weary'- the Songs of Noël Coward

CD MCSR 3030 (2005)

Harry Noble (vocal) with Stuart Ross at the Piano
(New York, 1954)

 

(We think this is a very worthwhile collection with nothing that jars too much, and there are some interesting rarities. Noble & Ross's interpretations are often explicitly based on existing ones by NC and Carroll Gibbons, e.g. 'World Weary' (NCR 04) and 'Duchess' (NCR 23). The tracks Parisian Pierrot and Poor Little Rich Girl both feature rarely-heard additional lyrics for the second Verse sections. Comes with astonishingly good sleeve notes.)

Nina, I'll Follow My Secret Heart, Imagine the Duchess's Feelings, Poor Little Rich Girl, Something To Do With Spring, Parisian Pierrot, Where Are The Songs We Sung, A Room With A View, World Weary


© The Noël Coward Society 2005

 

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