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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Good to Remember a Star, 5 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Deanna Durbin: Can't Help Singing - A Tribute, Her 27 finest (Audio CD)
Deanna Durbin was a Canadian singer and actress. She had a fine soprano voice, light yet full. It may seem a little sweet for modern tastes, but her clarity is to be applauded. It is surprising to find, on the newly released Retrospective CD, both popular hits and operatic pieces such as Puccini's 'One Fine Day' from Madam Butterfly. Her rendition of Bach-Gounod's 'Ave Maria' is rather moving and the notes tell us that Durbin sang it in the 1938 film 'Mad About Music'. The best track on the album for me is Irving Berlin's 'Always' (1944). Slow-paced and thoughtful, Durbin rescues the song from its association with Noel Coward's play, 1941 (and film,1945) 'Blithe Spirit' where it is sent up and now has a rather too firm a hold over its reputation. A great track restored by Durbin for us all.
This CD covers the years 1936-1944: the rich years for this star, and she was a star.
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