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I Was Born In Love with You [Import]

Michel Legrand, Jessye Norman Audio CD
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  • Performer: Michel Legrand
  • Composer: Michel Legrand
  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00004C4Q3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Summer Knows
2. Dans ses yeux
3. Je vivrai sans toi
4. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
5. I Was Born In Love With You
6. Dis-moi
7. Les enfants qui pleurent
8. The Moon And I
9. Celui-La
10. Les moulins de mon coeur
11. You Must Believe In Spring
12. La valse des lilas
13. Afterthoughts
14. Les parapluies de Cherbourg
15. Between Yesterday And Tomorrow

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Just in case the name is not familiar, or the title song, Michel Legrand is the composer of the infuriatingly catchy "The Windmills of My Mind" (actually "The Windmills of My Heart" in the original French) and all the songs in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the charming Catherine Deneuve film musical. The material on this disc ranges from the smoky melancholy of "Je vivrai sans toi" ("I Will Live Without You") to the hyperbolic camp of "Celui-là" ("The One") but mainly hovers in the realm of anguished longing. Jessye Norman uses the material to show off the extraordinary range and flexibility of her voice, and slips between a pure, almost boyish sound, and a full-throated luxurious warble with ease. But idiomatically she may not be to everyone's taste: for the most part this is the musical territory inhabited by the Billie Holidays of this world, and Norman's technique puts her at a disadvantage. Michel Legrand in his role as pianist is another matter, however. His carefully nuanced accompaniments flow with improvisatory ease, and inspire some great moments from the bass and drums. --Warwick Thompson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jessye and Legrand 25 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
I usually stay clear of the contributions opera divas direct towards to other vocal genre, especially jazz.. like opera, it is so important to get it right and most of the time, the choices are stereotypical and disappointing. However, this album has some good songs, the best styled in French, thoughtfully arranged by the great Legrand. Worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In fact, I like it! 6 Mar 2000
By AVEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I also own "Lucky to be Me" and I actually find this album to be much more acceptable. Ms. Norman's crossover is quite refreshing and believe me, it is a lot better than most of classical singers who tried (except for EILEEN FARRELL, who is the best when it comes to crossover). If you are looking from the point of classical singing, you will definitely be awed at the fantastic flexibility and voice of Ms. Norman; but if you are looking from the point of popular or jazz singing... well, this is not the best album...but I do not think that it was meant to be compared with other popular or jazz album anyway.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, Incandescent 2 Dec 2006
By Alfred Junior Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like most of the reviewers here, this album has given me countless hours of sublime pleasure. It's pure gold. This collaboration embodies a wonderful honesty, authenticity, subtlety, and incandescence...qualities that are very rare nowadays. It's a must have for anyone who appreciates the subtle, sublime and the unpretentious. This album simply could not be better.

The silly comments made by the the first reviewer is an unfortunate testament to the murderous mediocrity of the common palate. The macdonaldization of the collective palate renders most of us incapable of appreciating anything but the expected.

Both Norman and Legrand were simply sublime.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Think twice before crossing over 4 Aug 2000
By P H Wan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it, it's far easier for us to listen to and for Jessye Norman to sing Wagner, Richard Strauss, Mahler even Purcell then Le Grand. Like many others, I admire her voice, her interpretation, her artistry and whatever else that comes with this personality. But this disc has not given me that thrill that her other discs have given me in the past.
I think her voice still sounds great, Grady Tate and Ron Carter are as good as ever. It's just that this is not really Jessye's repertoire. To have one or two of these songs in a compilation disc would be excellent, but to listen to a whole disc would be an overdose.
Messieur Le Grand is a great pianist, but I'm not sure whether it is intentional to make both the singer and the pianist/song writer get the same coverage, so that the volume of the piano is louder and the part for the piano is more prominent then an average jazz record. At certain point, the piano is clearly in the singer's way. I'd say this is not a particularly successful "cross-over" attempt. Nevertheless, the cover photo is pretty alluring.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, magnificent....A MUST HAVE!!! 3 Aug 2006
By The Cultural Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is no doubt, a great CD by a great diva and a great composer...period. It's jazz singing at its very finest, with the most beautiful nuances and vocalization you'll probably ever hear. Jessye Norman, one of my favorite Sieglinde's, Ariadnes, and Kundry's, sings these songs in such an artistic and captivating way that I would gladly give in and say that this is one of the best CD's I've ever owned. Highly recommended!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They asked Elvis "Who do you sing like" - "no one" 19 Nov 2002
By U. webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Streisand? (whom I enjoy) Compared to Jessye Norman? Please! Legrand composed this music. It is his! He can interpret it as he pleases. They weren't attempting crossover. They were performing (enjoying) the music. Jessye Norman is magnificent. If you have quality equipment, so that you can hear all of the music, you will love this CD. "Jazz combo" isn't quite accurate to describe these artists. The SACD player "upsampled" this disc and the recording sounds very accurate and very musical. Great music deserving (requiring?) good playback equipment. One of my favorite discs.
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