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’ from Rosalie; ‘I’ve got you Under My Skin’ from Born to Dance, and ‘I get a Kick out of You’ from Anything Goes.
The Cole Porter Songbook
What people are saying
Album of the Week, David Mellor, Daily Mail, May 2015
"4* – Sarah Fox and James Burton…give lovely relaxed performances…They are clearly used to performing with each other and nicely relaxed." Planet Hugill, May 2015
"[Sarah Fox] lends a classic feel to all the favourite, including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, I Get a Kick Out Of You and Anything Goes." The Lady, May 2015
"Burton’s accompaniments are varied and skilfully adjusted to the mood of the individual songs…He has a soft and light baritone and he turns the phrases elegantly…[Fox] has a surefooted sense of rhythm, is relaxed and there is no feeling of an opera singer at work…A wholly delightful disc." Music Web International, June 2015
Sarah Fox, James Burton
Release date:3rd Mar 2015
- Anything Goes – Cole Porter – 2.53
- In the Still of the Night – Cole Porter – 3.11
- Thank You so Much Mrs Lowsborough-Goodby – Cole Porter – 2.13
- What is this thing called love? – Cole Porter – 2.29
- You do Something to Me – Cole Porter – 3.43
- My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Cole Porter – 2.47
- I Get a Kick out of You – Cole Porter – 3.05
- Where would you get your Coat? – Cole Porter – 3.04
- It’s De-lovely – Cole Porter – 2.48
- So in Love – Cole Porter – 3.43
- The Physician – Cole Porter – 3.09
- Miss Otis Regrets – Cole Porter – 2.24
- I’ve Got You Under My skin – Cole Porter – 3.11
- The Tale of the Oyster – Cole Porter – 2.57
- You’d be so Nice to Come Home To – Cole Porter – 3.18
- Night and Day – Cole Porter – 3.41
- Don’t Fence me In – Cole Porter – 3.08
- True Love – Cole Porter – 2.33
- Brush up your Shakespeare – Cole Porter – 3.25
- Ev’ry Time we say Goodbye – Cole Porter – 2.49
Album of the Week
This generally excellent album makes a strong case for Cole Porter as perhaps the best of the Great American Songwriters. lrving Berlin thought Gershwin was the best. ‘We were just songwriters, George was always a composer,’ he opined. And, of course, Cole Porter couldn’t have composed Porgy And Bess or any of Gershwin’s symphonic music.
But what the 20 songs in this album prove, time after time, is that Cole Porter was unique because he didn’t just create memorable tunes, but lyrics of genius, full of clever wordplay and acute social observation. almost worth of PG Wodehouse. He could also write deeply romantic lyrics, as in Night and Day and True Love.
In Thank You So Much, Mrs Lowsborough-Goodby, Porter pens the first-ever honest thank-you letter: ‘Thank you so much/For the clinging perfume/For that damp little room! For the cocktails so hot! And the bath that was not…’
And few couplets are as clever as this one, from Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Just declaim a few lines from Othella/ And they’ll think you’re a helluva fella.’
I could go on but I won’t. OK, maybe just one more, from The Tale Of The Oyster: ‘He murmured, "l haven’t. single quaIm/ ‘Cause I’ve bad a taste of society/ And society has had a taste of me."’
In his own time, plenty of people thought he was a better lyricist than a tunesmith_ But so many of Porter’s great melodies are as popular today as they ever were. Stuff like Anything Goes, I Get A Kick Out Of You, In The Still Of The Night, So In Love and, of course, Night And Day. In fact. everything on this album is melodically memorable.
Sarah Fox is an accomplished opera singer who has always done this sort of stuff, so there’s no condescension here. Instead, she totally commands Porter’s idiom.
In most respects she is fortunate to have the services of her long-time musical partner, James Burton, whose piano-playing is one of the great joys of this CD.
However, he sings quite a lot too, and that’s a mixed blessing. His light baritone would be fine for an evening at, say, the Stockport Glee Club, but frankly lacks the quality for permanence on CD. His account of Night And Day has little vocal polish, and his intonation in places here is also suspect.
In I Get A Kick Out Of You, he certainly deserves a kick out of me for letting some higher-pitched singing escape from the privacy of his bath, to which it should henceforth be confined.
But don’t let that put you off. Most tracks here I shall return to often.
David Mellor, Daily Mail
Yorkshire-born operatic soprano Sarah Fox makes her solo recording debut with songs by Broadway songwriting legend Cole Porter. Accompanied by the versatile pianist, composer and conductor James Burton, she lends a classic feel to all the favourite, including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, I Get a Kick Out Of You and Anything Goes.