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London Pride / Catherine Bott, David Owen Norris

Album Summary

>Monckton, Lionel : Chalk Farm to Camberwell Green, song
>Dring, Madeleine : Betjeman songs (5) for voice & piano
>Wilson, Sandy : The Boy Friend, musical
>Gershwin, George : A Foggy Day (in London Town), song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
>Walton, William : A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, song cycle for soprano & piano or orchestra
>Norris, David Owen : Big Ben Blues
>MacColl, Ewan : Sweet Thames, flow softly
>Boyce, William : The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall
>Dove, Jonathan : Five Am'rous Sighs, song cycle for voice & piano
>Kit Hesketh-Harvey / Rich : Wimbledon Idyll
>Fraser-Simson, Harold : They're Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace, song
>Kennedy, Jimmy : Mayfair Merry-Go-Round
>Dacre, Harry : While London's fast asleep
>Bennett, Richard R. : Let's go and live in the country
>Sherwin, Manning : A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
>Scott, Bennett : Take Me in a Taxi, Joe
>Swann, Donald : Joyful Noise, a miniature baroque cantata
>Coward, Noël : London Pride
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Notes & Reviews:

'Sumptuous performances all.' (Sunday Times)

'Catherine Bott, totally unexpected in lighter twentieth century repertoire, divulges new facets of her talents ... Noel Coward's London Pride closes the album on a subdued but heroic note, leaving us in admiration of singer and pianist in one of this year's most enjoyable discs to have come my way' (Fanfare, USA)

'Bott can transform herself from robust campanologist in Walton's Rhyme to high camp in Kit and the Widow's irresistible Wimbledon Idyll; from folk singer for Ewan MacColl's Sweet Thames to waif-like Victorian music-hall songstress in While London's fast asleep ... the gently circumspect soft-focus of this recital will doubtless be, for many listeners, all part of that illusory charm of London Town' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Best of all is the Joyce Grenfell number, Joyful Noise, putting her own delicious slant on a number one would have thought no one but Joyce Grenfell could bring off' (The Guardian)

'Catherine Bott's versatile, light soprano is wonderfully entertaining in this wide-ranging London related album' (Evening Standard)

'Listen to what Bott and Norris make of the Gershwin standardA Foggy Day and you'll believe that the age of miracles hasn't passed!' (International Record Review)

'Catherine Bott, dextrous in Baroque and earlier repertory, weilds a light, winning touch as she ranges with pianist Davis Owen Norris through British music-hall songs, Gershwin, Joyce Grenfell ditties and recent Jonathan Dove' (The Times)

'I cannot recommend this disc highly enough. It positively radiates intelligence and wit in performances of consummate musicianship. A truly delightful gallimaufry!' (Musicweb)



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Works Details

>Monckton, Lionel : Chalk Farm to Camberwell Green, song
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Dring, Madeleine : Betjeman songs (5) for voice & piano :: no 3, Business Girls
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wilson, Sandy : The Boy Friend, musical :: A Room in Bloomsbury
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Gershwin, George : A Foggy Day (in London Town), song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Walton, William : A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, song cycle for soprano & piano or orchestra :: 6. Rhyme
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Norris, David Owen : Big Ben Blues
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>MacColl, Ewan : Sweet Thames, flow softly
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Boyce, William : The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 17th Century

>Dove, Jonathan : Five Am'rous Sighs, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 19th Century

>Kit Hesketh-Harvey / Rich : Wimbledon Idyll
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.

>Fraser-Simson, Harold : They're Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace, song
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Kennedy, Jimmy : Mayfair Merry-Go-Round
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 19th Century

>Dacre, Harry : While London's fast asleep
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bennett, Richard R. : Let's go and live in the country
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sherwin, Manning : A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Scott, Bennett : Take Me in a Taxi, Joe
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Swann, Donald : Joyful Noise, a miniature baroque cantata
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 19th Century

>Noël Coward (1899 - 1973) : London Pride
  • Performers: David Norris (Piano); Catherine Bott
  • Notes: Savage Club, 1 Whitehall Palace, London, England (05/23/2003/05/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal