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Justice is done to Welsh-born composer, pianist, actor and man of the theatre Ivor Novello in this Naxos CD. The artists who first performed them are heard in 18 items, recorded between 1917 and 1950. Ivor Novello himself is heard in two of them, providing some spoken repartee as he accompanies Edna Best at the piano. Most were recorded in the 1930s. The sound quality is good enough for the lyrics to be clearly heard. They bespeak a long-vanished era, but the music still has charm.
Film buffs can nowadays most easily see Ivor Novello in an Alfred Hitchcock film of 1926, "The Lodger". Actor Jeremy Northam portrayed him in the recent film, "Gosford Park". Ivor Novello starred in his last production, "King's Rhapsody", and died nine days before I saw it in London in March 1951.
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on 5 March 2010
A lovely collection of Ivor Novello songs performed by various artists. These original recordings from the period sound fantastic and you can breath in the production values of the time. If your after a reproduction of the songs from 'Gosford Park', which is where I initially heard Ivor Novello, be warned this is very different.
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on 19 June 2014
This is not perhaps the best selection of ivor Novello's music, though there are some lovely things scattered around. And some of the tracks were disappointing - in particular to have "We'll gather lilacs in the Spring again" sung by 2 women, however well sung, was a bit strange.
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on 27 July 2011
Today those who get Novello Awards have no idea why they are called as such yet the reason is its after a Welshman who was part of the early British Invasion of the States when he became a Hollywood movie star via the film The Lodger where he played a Jack The Ripper suspect.
Back in the U K he became one of the biggest names of the theatre but as a composer not a singer.The Andrew Lloyd Weber of his day has not translated though too well into contemporary music as he's seen as the height of squareness thanks to endless amounts of amatuer theatrical companies.
Clearly a tribute album is needed like the Noel Coward and Cole Porter ones.Though many songs are quite famous like We'll gather Lilacs which has seen a chart version in the 70s it wasn't till that decade you could actually buy an LP of the original versions via World Record Club Retrospect series which had last been heard on 10 inch 78s.Today there's at least 2 CDs
Though Ivor Novello is viewed as something of a perfect man the reality is the man had a prison record for the "misuse of coupons during the War" And he was like Noel Coward further breaking the law by his homosexuality and his affair with poet Siegfried Sassoon
Today that would be street cred but obviously at the time it was kept well under wraps
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on 6 November 2013
Not all of the songs where composed by Ivor Novello, and thr production of the sound needs to be tweeked in the studio. I was a bit disappointed, and am sorry to not recommend this as an example of Novello songs at their best.
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on 4 November 2014
Lovely recordings of delightful tuneful music.
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on 23 March 2015
its ok
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