Siepi and London on Broadway | Australian Eloquence ELQ4820120

Siepi and London on Broadway

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4820120

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th August 2015

Contents

Works

Kern, Jerome

Show Boat
» Ol' Man River
Very warm for May
» All the things you are

Loewe, Frederick

Brigadoon
» There but for you I go
My Fair Lady
Paint Your Wagon
» They Call the Wind Maria

Porter, Cole

Anything Goes
» Blow, Gabriel blow
» I get a kick out of you
Begin the Beguine
Easy to love
Ev'ry time we say goodbye
I've got you under my skin (from Born to Dance)
I love you (from Mexican Hayride)
In the still of the night (from Rosalie)
Kiss me, Kate
» So in love
» Wunderbar
Night and day (from The Gay Divorcee)
You'd be so nice to come home to (from Something to Shout About)

Rodgers, Richard

Carousel
» If I Loved You
» Soliloquy
Oklahoma!
» Oh What a Beautiful Morning
» Surrey with the fringe on top
South Pacific
» This nearly was mine

Weill, Kurt

Knickerbocker Holiday
» September Song

Artists

Cesare Siepi (bass)
George London (bass-baritone)
Roland Shaw Orchestra

Conductor

Roland Shaw

Works

Kern, Jerome

Show Boat
» Ol' Man River
Very warm for May
» All the things you are

Loewe, Frederick

Brigadoon
» There but for you I go
My Fair Lady
Paint Your Wagon
» They Call the Wind Maria

Porter, Cole

Anything Goes
» Blow, Gabriel blow
» I get a kick out of you
Begin the Beguine
Easy to love
Ev'ry time we say goodbye
I've got you under my skin (from Born to Dance)
I love you (from Mexican Hayride)
In the still of the night (from Rosalie)
Kiss me, Kate
» So in love
» Wunderbar
Night and day (from The Gay Divorcee)
You'd be so nice to come home to (from Something to Shout About)

Rodgers, Richard

Carousel
» If I Loved You
» Soliloquy
Oklahoma!
» Oh What a Beautiful Morning
» Surrey with the fringe on top
South Pacific
» This nearly was mine

Weill, Kurt

Knickerbocker Holiday
» September Song

Artists

Cesare Siepi (bass)
George London (bass-baritone)
Roland Shaw Orchestra

Conductor

Roland Shaw

About

This recording will make you smile. Two of the most accomplished opera singers of the twentieth century turn their attention to some of the best known songs from Broadway musicals, and the effect is Wunderbar!

Cesare Siepi was a prolific recording artist on 78rpm records before making a number of outstanding LP sets for Decca. His voice was a classic basso cantante a singing or lyric bass with good upper reach. Being more than six feet tall and with handsome physique, he cut an impressive figure on stage. He brought a dignity to everything he performed. He was a lover of Cole Porter songs and, as can be heard on this recording, enunciated them without a trace of an Italian accent. The lines are delivered with directness and warmth, and with a welcome absence of sentimentality. His tone is dark, smooth and rich, and his style is subtle and elegant.

George London began his singing studies in Los Angeles and, by the 1940s was touring with a trio that included Frances Yeend and Mario Lanza. The Bel Canto Trio performed 86 concerts of operatic arias and ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico between July 1947 and May 1948. The Broadway songs recorded by London in 1957 reveal a singer willing to explore unusual (for an operatic bass-baritone) material, and to invest in it a rich, powerful voice, a subtle array of vocal colours and sensitivity to the character of each piece.

Both LPs were recorded with the Roland Shaw Orchestra, a light music orchestra active in the 1950s. Shaw became an arranger and record producer for Decca Records with his orchestra recording for Decca and its Phase 4 series.

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