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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine young singer, 5 Mar. 2010
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Ms. R. L. A. Amelan "Rachel" (Wilmslow, Cheshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Can't Help Singing (Audio CD)
Nowadays, "juvenile prodigies" are rather over-exposed and all too frequently fade into oblivion as public taste changes and the young talent fails to deliver. Deanna Durbin, however, belonged to a more gentle era where talent was not so "pushed". There certainly was no question that she had an extremely fine voice but she never sang anything beyond her capability in order to please a demanding public.

Her career ended in her mid 20s but, from her early teens onwards she produced a string of successful films featuring songs that ideally suited her voice, some classics and some modern. This recording reflects this admirably, despite the sound quality.

The songs are mainly from the 1940s but there is an interesting arrangement of "The Last Rose of Summer" that is well worth a listen. There are also songs from the pen of Robert Stolz and Deanna does these real justice. She has the ability to spin a beautiful legato line and each note is perfectly placed and effortless: in fact, this is a hallmark of her performances. Incidentally, I must admit that I always had a soft spot for the rendition of "Waltzing in the Clouds" so why not give it a listen see if you feel the same way?

For those new to Deanna Durbin, it is worth mentioning that there are many people who came to music and singing because of this lady, some of whom went on to become professional classical singers. She made it really accessible and, frankly, I feel that she had a far finer instrument than young singers who currently enjoy the limelight.

In summary, if you want to hear a really fine young voice buy this recording. Deanna is a very special experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cant help singing, 2 April 2010
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Absolutly fabulous! A beautiful woman with the most fantastic voice, she sings with such feeling it makes your neck bristle with goose bumps!! If you are feeling low listen to Deanna Durbin and 'i cant help singing'! Guaranteed to put a spring in your step and make you feel happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent., 14 Jan. 2015
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prompt delivery. as described. excellent.
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