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CHAN 6677
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CHAN 6677

Novello Songs

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2004

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

Chandos Concert Orchestra


Stuart Barry


Gordon Langford

piano

Marilyn Hill Smith

soprano

Venue:

St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London



Producer:

Tim Oldham



Engineer:

Richard Lee


Richard Smoker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Collect

Genre:

Light Music




Total Time - 67:34
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IVOR NOVELLO

(1893-1951)
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1 

Some Day My Heart Will Awake

3:00
  from King's Rhapsody  
2 

Primrose

2:12
  from The Dancing Years  
3 

Love is my Reason

2:54
  from Perchance to Dream  
4 

Dark Music

4:07
  from Arc de Triomphe  
5 

The Little Damozel

2:53
6 

When the Gypsy played

5:14
  from Glamorous Night  
7 

On such a Night as this

3:22
  from Gay's the Word  
8 

Fly Home, Little Heart

3:41
  from King's Rhapsody  
9 

Keep the Home Fires Burning

3:24
  ('Till the Boys Come Home)  
10 

Music in May

2:45
  from Careless Rapture  
11 

A Violin Began to Play

4:18
  from King's Rhapsody  
12 

Spring of the Year

2:10
13 

My Dearest Dear

2:58
  from The Dancing Years  
14 

Finder, Please Return

3:34
  from Gay's the Word  
15 

Look in My Heart

3:05
  from Valley of Song  
16 

When I Curtsied to the King

3:22
  from Perchance to Dream  
17 

We'll Gather Lilacs

5:06
  from Perchance to Dream  
18 

Fairy Laughter

1:47
19 

Glamorous Night

4:22
  from Glamorous Night  
20 

Why Is There Ever Goodbye?

3:20
  from Careless Rapture  
Marilyn Hill Smith’s popular recording of the romantic songs of Ivor Novello is now available on Chandos’ budget label, Collect.

The CD features songs such as ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ and ‘We’ll gather Lilacs’, and other music so evocative of the 1930s and ’40s.

Much of this music is not otherwise available.


Ivor Novello is one of the great composers of the British musical theatre, famed throughout the English-speaking world as the composer and writer of seven successive operettas which dominated the West End stage for almost twenty years. Between 1935 and 1952 people flocked to the theatre, eager to escape the harsh reality of world war and post-war depression by being temporarily transported to a theatrical fantasy world which offered a message of hope for the future.The operettas contained a wealth of romantic music, the songs displaying an appealing melodic simplicity and richness of harmony which complemented the unashamedly sentimental lyrics. Such a recipe provided welcome relief and comfort during those troubled years and explains why Ivor Novello became a national hero whose music continues to delight millions of devotees today.

Marilyn Hill Smith began her career as principal soprano with English National Opera, and subsequently performed with other prestigious opera companies. She has worked with D’Oyly Carte and New Sadler’s Wells Opera and her diverse roles have ranged from Constanze in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio to Chief of Police in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. She travels extensively, singing a widely varied repertoire, and she broadcasts regularly. Marilyn Hill Smith has been hailed by critics as one of the finest operetta sopranos of her generation.


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