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NOEL COWARD'S 'BITTER SWEET' (SEPIA 1130)

NOEL COWARD'S 'BITTER SWEET' (SEPIA 1130)

1. OVERTURE Michael Collins and his Orchestra 
2. THE CALL OF LIFE Vanessa Lee 
3. IF YOU COULD ONLY COME WITH ME Roberto Cardinali 
4. I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN Vanessa Lee and Roberto Cardinali 
LISTEN
5. LADIES OF THE TOWN Rita Williams, Jean Alister, Mary Thomas and Dorothy Dorow 
6. IF LOVE WERE ALL Julie Dawn 
LISTEN
7. DEAR LITTLE CAFé Vanessa Lee and Roberto Cardinali 
LISTEN
8. TOKAY John Hauxvell 
9. KISS ME Julie Dawn 
10. ZIGEUNER Vanessa Lee 
LISTEN
11. FINALE Vanessa Lee and Roberto Cardinali 
12. BITTER SWEET Ė SELECTION London Palladium Orchestra 
13. I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN Peggy Wood and George Metaxa 
14. IF LOVE WERE ALL Ivy St. Helier 
15. DEAR LITTLE CAFé Peggy Wood and George Metaxa 
16. ZIGEUNER Peggy Wood 
17. I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN Evelyn Laye 
LISTEN
18. ZIGEUNER Evelyn Laye 
19. JE VOUS REVERRAI (I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN) Jane Marnac and René Bussy 
20. NE SERAIT-CE PAS L'AMOUR? (WHAT IS LOVE?) Jane Marnac 
LISTEN
21. LE PETIT CAFé (DEAR LITTLE CAFé) Jane Marnac and René Bussy 
22. TZIGANE (ZIGEUNER) Jane Marnac 
23. I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN Noel Coward 

Title: Noel Coward's "Bitter Sweet"
Artist: Peggy Wood, Evelyn Laye, Vanessa Lee, Jane Marnac
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1130
Barcode: 5055122111306
Release Date: 12 May 2009

Bitter Sweet is possibly Noel Coward's best known work and considered his best by many. Whether it is an operetta, that was what Coward called it; or a musical is open to debate but what we have is a dramatically romantic piece, beautifully crafted and filled with a rich score which introduced such memorable songs like I'll See You Again, If Love Were All, Dear Little Café, Kiss Me and Zigeuner

Bitter Sweet opened in London in July 1929 at His Majesty's theatre where it ran for 697 performances. Peggy Wood and George Metaxa starred. The New York production opened 4 months later with Evelyn Laye in the leading role. The success of the show in London led to a production in French presented in Paris a year later starring Jane Marnac.

The popular numbers were recorded on 78s from the London and Paris productions. Evelyn Laye recorded two songs from the show when she returned to London but as these were recorded in pre LP days fans had to wait until 1958 before the first Bitter Sweet LP was issued in both mono and stereo versions. Although not complete, the eleven tracks offered listeners the opportunity to enjoy the score in an enhanced recording. The studio cast version was headed by Vanessa Lee and Roberto Cardinali.

This CD release features the stereo recordings from the 1958 LP and the major hit songs performed by the three leading ladies - Peggy Wood, Evelyn Laye and Jane Marnac - recorded almost 30 years earlier. To complete this revisit to Bitter Sweet we have also included the Master himself singing I'll See You Again.

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