Album Remarks & Appraisals:
British soprano Sarah Fox makes her solo recording debut with songs by Broadway songwriting legend Cole Porter. Accompanied by pianist and arranger James Burton, highlights include 'In the Still of the Night', 'I've got you Under My Skin' and 'I get a Kick out of You'. "We have collected what we think is a representative spread of Porter's incredibly varied output, including some lesser known numbers which we think stand up alongside the others, and shed yet more complimentary light on Porter's outstanding talent for combining melody, text and wit." (James Burton)
Liner Note Authors: Sarah Fox ; James Burton ; James Woodhall.
Recording information: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (03/20/2014-03/24/2014).
Editor: Tim Oldham.
Photographer: Grahame Mellanby.
For this 2015 Signum Classics release, soprano Sarah Fox and pianist James Burton present 20 of Cole Porter's songs, in a mix of beloved standards and a few numbers that are less familiar. Fox is best known for her operatic roles and classical recitals, but her versatility in popular music is evident here in her relaxed vocal tone and natural diction, and her familiarity with these songs is apparent in her appropriate interpretations, from the quietly passionate mood of "In the still of the night" to the sophisticated word-play of "It's de-lovely." Burton accompanies with his own keyboard arrangements, but also joins in duets with Fox ("Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare"), and has solo turns in "Where would you get your coat?" and "Night and day." But most of the album is a star vehicle for Fox, and her charming performances make this CD a treat for Porter fans. ~ Blair Sanderson