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Marni Nixon Sings Classic Kern

  • 1. Song Is You, The
    2. Lovely To Look At / The Way You Look Tonight
    3. Let's Begin
    4. April Fooled Me
    5. Swing Time Medley
    6. You Are Love
    7. Californ-I-Ay
    8. I Dream Too Much
    9. Folks Who Live on the Hill, The
    10. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    11. I Have Seen
    12. All the Things You Are
    13. Go, Little Boat
    14. Yesterdays
    15. Day Dreaming
    16. Ragtime Restaurant
    17. I'll Follow Your Smile
    18. Long Ago and Far Away
    19. Can I Forget You?
    20. They Didn't Believe Me
    21. Bill
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RR-28

  • Credits

    Marni Nixon, a 1980s Grammy nominee for her recordings of music by Arnold Schoenberg and Aaron Copland, is known in the popular realm for her interpretations of the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Bernstein and Sondheim as she substituted for the non-singing stars of the film adaptations of The King and I, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story in the 1950s and '60s. Those songwriters are somewhat younger than Jerome Kern (although Oscar Hammerstein II was a frequent Kern collaborator before the onset of his partnership with Richard Rodgers), but with her classical background, Nixon may have more affinity for him than for them. Certainly, a soprano who has trod the boards of opera houses is unlikely to have trouble with the operetta songs in Kern's repertoire, such as "You Are Love" from Show Boat. In fact, she might be expected to struggle more with the lyrical interpretation of the more vaudeville-oriented numbers such as the lusty "Let's Begin," but she turns convincingly saucy and rhythmic getting out such Otto Harbach lines as "We have necked/Till I'm wrecked/Won't you tell me what you expect?" Working with pianist/arranger Lincoln Mayorga, a string quartet, one reed, a harp, and a rhythm section, she makes the most of chamber arrangements of music more often heard with a full orchestra. And she and Mayorga can be playful, too, notably in "Swing Time Medley," which combines three songs from the Astaire-Rogers film Swing Time, "Waltz in Swing Time," "A Fine Romance," and "Pick Yourself Up," by deftly shifting from one time signature to another. Such novel ideas lend variety to the set, but it is at its strongest in the singer's treatment of Kern's great ballads "The Song Is You," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Long Ago and Far Away," and "They Didn't Believe Me." ~ William Ruhlmann

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  • Genre: Pop
  • Label: 28
  • Distributor: n/a
  • Analog/Digital: DDD
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 030911102821
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