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The Lorelei / Kim Criswell


Release Date: 03/26/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cole PorterRichard RodgersKurt WeillArthur Schwartz,   ... 
Performer:  Kim Criswell
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Once again an entertaining mixture of rare and familiar songs fills out this latest recording devised by the conductor John McGlinn from the treasure box of Broadway shows. This one features the unmistakable timbre of Kim Criswell, the lovable Annie Oakley in 1992's all too brief revival of Annie get your Gun. She sings ''Let's go West again'' from that show, a song intended for, but dropped on account of time from, the EMI recording of Berlin's score (11/91). It never found a place in the original production and actually turns out to be one of the least interesting songs here, alongside Porter's laboured ''Katie went to Haiti''.

The selection alternates between the extrovert and the introspective, allowing Criswell a wide
Read more range of voice and interpretation, from soubrette in Kern's lovely ''In the heart of the dark'' and low mezzo in Schwartz's ''You and the Night and the Music'', to French chanteuse in ''I love Paris'', where the Ambrosian Singers are placed at a distance to suggest the breaking dawn on the Paris skyline, and a somewhat suspect Fraulein in Gershwin's ''Lorelei'', where her cod German gets partially hooked in the throat. Her 'belters' shatter glass, opening with an exuberant ''Give him the Oo-la-la'' in Porter's sassiest vein and concluding with ''I got rhythm'', where McGlinn's research reveals no recorded evidence to suggest that Ethel Merman belted out her top C across 16 bars. Shame! For a mellower Criswell, try her effective interpretation of ''He's the right guy'' in Porter's favourite beguine rhythm.

Rare verses and refrains, idiomatic playing from the London Sinfonietta, revelatory research in the notes by Miles Kreuger, excellent recording and many fine original orchestrations, including a tolling bell to underline the note of regret in ''Ev'ry time we say goodbye'', add their own distinctive marks to this issue.

-- Adrian Edwards, Gramophone [4/1994]

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Track Listing
1. Jenny
2. Lorelei, The
3. I Got Rhythm
4. Give Him The Oo-La-La
5. He's A Right Guy
6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
7. Leader Of A Big Time Band, The
8. I Love Paris
9. Katie Went To Haiti
10. Dream With Me
11. In The Heart Of The Dark
12. You And The Night And The Music

Personnel includes: Kim Criswell (vocals), John McGlinn (conductor), Ambrosian Chorus, London Sinfonietta.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Du Barry was a Lady: Give Him the Oo-la-la by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
2.
Du Barry was a Lady: Katie Went to Haiti by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
3.
Something For the Boys: He's the Right Guy by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1942 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
4.
Something For the Boys: The Leader of the Big-Time Band by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1942 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
5.
Seven Lively Arts: Ev'ry time we say goodbye by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
6.
Can-Can: It's All Right With Me by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1953 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
7.
Can-can: I love Paris by Cole Porter
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
8.
Higher and Higher: It never entered my mind by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
9.
Babes in arms: Johnny one note by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1937; film, 1939 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
10.
Simple Simon: Ten cents a dance by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
11.
Lady in the Dark: Saga of Jenny by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
12.
Revenge With Music: You and the night and the music by Arthur Schwartz
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
13.
Very Warm for May: In the Heart of the Dark by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
14.
Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
15.
Pardon my English: Lorelei by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
16.
Peter Pan: Dream with me by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 
17.
Annie Get Your Gun: Let's go West again by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Abbey Road, London 

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