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Photograph by Nigel Luckhurst.
Track(s) taken from CDH55422
Recording details: June 1988
Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1989
Total duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds

'Brings the house down' (Gramophone)

'One of the happiest records you could wish to find, as well as one of the funniest' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'I guarantee you will listen to this at one sitting because you just can't bear to turn it off' (Which CD)

The Tale of the Oyster
First line:
Down by the sea lived a lonesome oyster
composer
1929; from 50 Million Frenchmen
author of text

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Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Tale of the Oyster is a chic, witty number from Cole Porter’s 1929 hit 50 Million Frenchmen, billed as ‘a Musical Comedy Tour of Paris in 2 Acts’. The singer is the worldly-wise fur-buyer Violet Hildegarde, who has travelled abroad hoping to be shocked. She sends up high society with a cynical tale of a ‘bivalve social climber’, gliding proudly down Mrs Hoggenheimer’s alimentary canal and emerging chastened to proclaim ‘I’ve had a taste of society, and society has had a taste of me’.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011


Other albums featuring this work
'The Ballad Singer' (CDA67830)
The Ballad Singer

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