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Dance, Little Lady A Room With A View I'll Follow My Secret Heart Any Little Fish Play, Orchestra, Play Nevermore Mad About the Boy Poor Little Rich Girl Zigeuner Polka World Weary We Were Dancing You Were There Ladies of the Town Twentiety Century Blues
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Composer||Sir Neol Coward|
Customer Reviews (2)
- Love This MadlyReview by Big Toots
The majority of Noel Coward’s musical works emanated from the theatrical stage and, sadly, most of the selections here are not performed as frequently as they certainly might deserve. That notwithstanding, Hyman hits an inside-the-park Grand Slam with this glorious effort. It screams and resonates class – and, of course talent all around.
It would be a descriptive stretch to describe this recording as “jazz,” although there are shadings here and there. Hyman, with his broad range of dynamic and emotional intensity is perfection elaborating on Coward’s themes. Impressionistic at times, rollicking at others, the effort across the date is primarily effusive and elegant. Joyous with a dash of melancholy is a recipe that comes to mind (“I’ll Follow My Secret Heart,” “My Little Fish”) – although those aware of Coward’s gay “hidden life” might think these and the main title as references to same. Irrespective of that, the Romantic expression in “Ziguner” is nearly tactile. “Polka” trots along fancy free and “World Weary” is a carefree, cane-twirling stroll down the pike. “Twentieth Century Blues” is a “Rhapsody in Blue” shade and Hyman’s fierce expressiveness prevails.
Mad About the Boys is probably a better, more accurate and more apropos title for this stellar effort.
(Posted on 4/22/2015)
- Mad About the BoyReview by Simon Sez
While “Poor Little Rich Girl” and maybe “Mad About The Boy” are still remembered by a few, not too many people ever heard “Dance, Little Lady,” “Any Little Fish” or the 11 other songs that Hyman performs as solo piano pieces. This is a very good album for listeners who want to discover “new” material. Dick Hyman as always sounds great throughout.
Simon Sez: Dick Hyman on Plays The Music Of Noel Coward (Proscenium 03) unearths all types of obscure but interesting songs by Coward.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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