on 29 November 2000
The mature Dinah Shore meets the young Andre Previn, with delightful results. Miss Shore had a wonderfully expressive voice, and a technique an opera singer might envy. Previn is featured both as pianist and arranger/conductor: I like his rather classical approach to jazz piano, especially when he accompanies a singer, as he does superbly here.
Although recorded in 1960, the songs are all from the 30s and 40s and the mood is nostalgic. Dinah sings 'April in Paris' (including the rarely heard verse) with a real springtime freshness, as if she had never heard the Count Basie version, and she gives classic performances of 'My Funny Valentine' and 'I'll be Seeing You' with cool, restrained backings from Previn at the piano.
Highly recommended to those who love the great romantic songs, performed romantically. If you like this CD you will enjoy young Sylvia McNair's albums with Previn, much older and playing better than ever. Vice versa, if you like Sylvia you should check out Dinah.
on 10 October 2003
it seems that when you give a rating of 5 stars the accolade could start to lose its meaning. i wish i could give this album 6 stars instead.
for fans of previn this is worth the money. he proves himself yet again as a fine accompaniest to shore, whose voice is in great form. those familiar with the lovely previn/doris day album "duet" will be relieved to note that the choice of songs is similar - a couple of well-known classics by the old masters (gershwin/gershwin, rodgers/hart, cole porter) with some not so familiar songs that you will soon grow to love. i'm personally more fond of the earlier half of the album, which more has a more nightclubby feel to it, consisting mostly of shore and previn on the piano, this as opposed to the second half which is shore accompanied by orchestral arrangements. nonetheless, a fine overall album, worthy of a five star rating.
This delightful CD features the singing of the lady the DJs called the Nashville Nightingale accompanied by Andre Previn on both LPs transferred here to CD. In the LP called simply Dinah Sings, Previn Plays, we are treated to not only Dinah's lovely singing but also to the retrained jazz piano playing of Andre Previn. Previn proved in his solo piano albums of 1959 and 1960 playing the music of Harold Arlen and of Jerome Kern that he could extemporize with the best of them. Here he provides a subtle and entirely complementary (and complimentary) backing to the vocalist.
On the second LP, entitled Somebody Loves Me, Dinah Shore is accompanied by an orchestra arranged and conducted by Andre Previn. The tunes on both LPs are standards - there will be few if any surprises - but oh, how beautifully they are performed. I am happy to listen to these tracks over and over and still find nuances in the arrangements that I hadn't picked up before.
on 21 December 2009
If you like mushy, sentimental boring 'standards sung at a slow pace by a great singer, wriiten by the over-rated so-called masters , then you might enjoy this.
For music lovers especially those seeking some originality, I suggest you look elsewhere.
However, audio quality of CD excellent as usual from EMI.
Previn rocks but the orchestra on the rest of the CD is a disgrace with superflous strings etc.