CD Live in New York [Elisabeth Welch] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 885232),
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Live in New York [Elisabeth Welch] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. One Life to Live
    2. Nearness of You, The
    3. Why Was I Born?
    4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    5. She Didn't Say Yes
    6. Love for Sale
    7. Miss Otis Regrets
    8. Solomon
    9. Silver Rose
    10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love/Hold Me in Your Arms
    11. Boy! What Love Has Done to Me!
    12. Man I Love, The
    13. Porgy
    14. Song on the Sand
    15. When I Lost You
    16. Always
    17. Jai Deux Amour
    18. Vie en Rose, La
    19. I'll Follow My Secret Heart
    20. It Had to Be You
    21. Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1309

  • Credits

    Personnel: Elisabeth Welch (vocals).
    Recording information: Weill Recital Hall At Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (10/18/1989/10/19/1989).
    When Ms. Welch gave this 1989 recital, she had already been performing for 66 years, making her debut in the 1923 musical, Runnin' Wild. Although in her repertoire for many years, Ms. Welch delivers these familiar tunes with feeling and enthusiasm. Like any good Cabaret singer who's sensitive to the meanings lyricists are trying to convey, Ms. Welch's performance doesn't leave an emotional stone unturned. The pathos of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the regrets expressed by Miss Otis that a rendevous is simply not possible because she's in the clutches of a lynch mob, the humor of "Boy What Love Has Done to Me," Ms. Welch handles all of these with aplomb. Then there's the risque, which occupies a respectable niche in Cabaret, in "She Didn't Say Yes" and Cole Porter's commercial for the world's oldest profession, "Love for Sale." And she expresses the anguish of constant, but unfulfilled love with "The Man I Love" and "Always." There's a vocal tip of the hat to French cabaret with "Jai Deux Amour" and Edith's Piaf's signature song, "La Vie en Rose." Humor, too, is part of the Cabaret style and Ms. Welch pays tribute to it with "One Life to Live" and the cockney-accented "Solomon." The most powerful tug of the heartstrings from this session comes with an unmatched rendering of Noel Coward's bittersweet, "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." Peter Howard's piano is very supportive, playing softly or dramatically, whatever the occasion calls for. Judging by the audience's response, Ms. Welch, after 66 years, continues to be a favorite of the followers of Cabaret. ~ Dave Nathan

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