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The Celebrated (1906) by Joseph Marius Avy (1871-1939)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67813
Recording details: December 2009
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 19 seconds

'Unlike many dramatic sopranos, Brewer here demonstrates a clarity of enunciation and a variety of tone that suits this lighter material … extracts from musicals by Romberg and Bernstein are frankly yet enjoyably sentimental. Irresistible' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Vignoles flickers through the rippling piano part of Frank La Forge's Hills before changing to a slower, more emphatic injection in the last stanza. This is a fine song, delivered by Brewer with strong voice and the fervour of longing … Brewer's own [encore], Review has the final word. To Vignoles's spirited playing, Brewer brings variety to the descriptions of Miss Sadabelle Smith's performance … it's fun and provides a final encore for which it was worth staying till the end' (International Record Review)

If I could tell you
composer
1940
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Robert White (tenor), Samuel Sanders (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
‘If I could tell you’ is the chef d’œuvre of Idabelle Firestone, a name which probably trips more naturally off the American tongue but is rolled around in wonderment by the English. Née Smith, she became Mrs Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. They were sponsors of the Firestone programmes, catering for a large audience and engaging many of the best-known singers in America. The programmes were somewhat like the Palm Court series in Britain: for the singer an operatic aria and a couple of melodious songs with light orchestral music in between. The American programme had, by stipulation of the sponsors, to open with ‘If I could tell you’. Eleanor Steber was said to be, of all their singers, the one who sang it best.

from notes by John Steane © 2011


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'Sure on this shining night' (CDA66920)
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