Summer 2005 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Vintage Broadway

The Shows and the Songs:
Cole Porter - Can-Can

  • Can-Can
  • I Love Paris
  • Never Give Anything Away
  • C’est magnifique
  • Come Along With Me
  • Live and Let Live
  • It’s all right with Me
  • Allez-vous-en, Go Away
  • Montmartre

  • Kiss Me Kate
  • Wunderbar
  • Why Can’t You Behave?
  • Another Opening, Another Show
  • So in Love
  • Always True to You in My Fashion
  • Were Thine That Special Face
  • I Sing of Love

  • Silk Stockings
  • Silk Stockings
  • Satin and Silk
  • All of You
  • Too Bad
  • Without Love
  • Paris Loves Lovers
  • As on Through the Seasons We Sail
  • Hail Bibinski

  • Jules Styne - Funny Girl
  • People
  • Don’t Rain on My Parade
  • Who Are You Now
  • The Music That Makes Me dance
  • You Are Woman, I Am Man

  • Richard Rogers - Me and Juliet
  • The Big Black Giant
  • The Theatre is Dying
  • Keep It Gay
  • No Other Love
  • That’s the Way it Happens
  • I’m Your Girl
  • Marriage-Type Love
  • A Very Special Day
  • It’s Me

  • Flower Drum Song
  • You Are Beautiful
  • Grant Avenue
  • Love, Look Away
  • Chop Suey
  • I Am Going to Like It Here
  • Like a God
  • Don’t Marry Me
  • I Enjoy Being a Girl
  • Sunday

  • Burton Lane - Finian’s Rainbow
  • Look to the Rainbow
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
  • If This Isn’t Love
  • Something Sort of Grandish
  • Old Devil Moon
  • This Time of the Year
  • That Great Come and Get It Day
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    Music composed by Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Jules Styne, & Burton Lane
      Performed by Richard Hayman and his Orchestra
      Available on Naxos (8.555025)
    Running Time: 66:35
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    Richard Hayman, as well as being a very popular ‘Pops’ conductor, also served as chief arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra for over thirty years during Arthur Fiedler’s tenure. Hayman’s arrangements are always imaginative, lively and colourful and mostly sympathetic to the original scores. Some arrangements may not suit all tastes but listening to Hayman’s rich Latin treatment of ‘Were Thine That Special Face’ from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, for instance, its hard not to cheer. Generally speaking the Cole Porter arrangements are the most satisfying.

    It depends of course on personal taste whether you like the music sans lyrics for well-loved songs such as these. Considering the essential elegance and wit of Cole Porter’s lyrics, for instance, (sublime combinations of words and music) they can be sorely missed.  But in this context, it is of course beside the point - and this is an enjoyable and well performed collection. 

    Each of the above Broadway musicals, with the exception of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Me and Juliet (that one, you will notice, does not make the front cover listing on this Naxos album) was eventually filmed.

    Me and Juliet appeared on Broadway at a time when there was intense competition from other hit shows, and although it ran there for 358 performances, it had noLondonrun and the film producers seem to have overlooked it.  Here we have the chance of reassessing Rodgers’ music for this show which although amiable and lively enough is just not as memorable as those wonderful songs from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I , that is except for ‘No Other Love Have I’ which is really more associated with its first appearance in that memorable World War II documentary series, Victory at Sea. The other Richards and Hammerstein musical featured here, Flower Drum Song non-too-successfully filmed in 1961, did not reach the heights of the aforementioned four smash hit musicals but ‘I Enjoy Being a Girl’ ‘Chop Suey’ and ‘You Are Beautiful’ are pleasurable enough.

    I give the complete list of shows and songs above. I think this speaks for and recommends itself.

    Ian Lace

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