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ARLEN / GERSHWIN / WEILL / SCHWARTZ: Classic American Love Songs

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Constable, John, piano • Farley, Carole, soprano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category MusicalsVocal
Catalogue 8.559314
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


In researching libraries and publishers’ basements for materials for this project, I found some of the greatest American love songs ever written, a richness of music that made it difficult to choose. It was exhilarating to find unknown songs by Kurt Weill, and record them for the first time. For this recording, which covers a particularly inspired period of popular American love songs, immortalized by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and many others, I chose George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen and Arthur Schwartz who were friends, living in Hollywood during a specially creative period in their lives. As Thomas Z Shepard indicates in his notes, “these songs, created from the 1920s through the 1950s, represent the quintessential sophistication and elegance of an

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2007

ARLEN: What's good about goodbye? Last night when we were young. When the sun comes out. It was written in the stars. Right as the rain. I had myself a true love. Fun to be fooled. GERSHWIN: Poppyland. Isn't it a pity?. Love is sweeping the country. Boy! What love has done to me!. How long has this been going on?. Soon. WEILL: Love in a mist. The Romance of a lifetime. Unforgettable. The River is so blue. The picture on the wall. SCHWARTZ: You and the night and the music. Dancing in the Dark. I see your face before me. Something to remember you by. Carole Farley (soprano), John Constable (piano). Naxos 8.559314. (66'11").

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