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June 2001Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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A Room With A View  
  NAXOS Nostalgia 8.120529   [60:27]

Room With a View

This album not only includes all those memorable songs from the late 1920s and early 1930s, but also features dialogue from the famous balcony scene in Private Lives featuring the master and Gertrude Lawrence in which the divorced pair find themselves in adjoining rooms on honeymoon with their respective new partners:-

'I met her at a houseparty in Norfolk.'
'Very flat Norfolk'
'No need to be unpleasant'
'I wasn't unless she made it flatter!'

You can just picture them in poses of studied insouciance, Coward head tilted back wearing that smoking jacket or dressing gown complete with fluffed-out cravat and extravagantly waving a long cigarette holder.

The master of course sings his own songs, with sophisticated world weariness and that famous trill, including 'A Room With A View (and you -oo,oo - just too,too,too...), 'Dance, Little Lady', Lorelei' 'Zigeuner', and 'Someday I'll Find You'

An unashamedly mostalgic wallow.

Ian Lace

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