Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ian Bostridge and Noel Coward

Discovery! High spirits!

EMI Classics has, in 2002 (why haven't I stumbled over this much, much earlier??), released a CD entitled "The Noel Coward Songbook", starring Ian Bostridge (tenor), Jeffrey Tate (piano), Sophie Daneman (soprano), and, of course, Noel Coward himself, represented by his songs.

Cripes! This disc is marvellous.

The lyrics are witty, funny, melancholic, ironic... you name it: there's something in there for everybody. The music is so twenties it hurts. Morbid at times, ironic (must be, as it comes with these lyrics), with surprising melodic turns and twists...

Ian Bostridge is outstanding anyway. If you have ever heard his evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, you know what I mean. He knows how dramatic the story is and interprets it appropriately. This also holds for his interpretation of the Noel Coward songs: he knows about the lyrics and their meanings, and he gets things across.

I love this disc. Give it a try.

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