Ivor Novello

Shine Through My Dreams: Original 1917-1950 Recordings [Single Disc]

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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus

Ivor Novello was a famous songwriter in his native England; in fact, a songwriting award is given in his name each year. While not as well-known stateside, Novello's endearing blend of jazz, classical, and dinner-jacket musical theater received a boost in popularity when the composer was characterized in Robert Altman's 2002 film Gosford Park. In addition to Jeremy Northam's portrayal of him in the mystery, Novello's music was also used throughout the film. "I Can Give You the Starlight" appears on Shine Through My Dreams: Original 1917-1950 Recordings in its original form, along with 17 other Novello originals that feature both male and female lead vocalists. Most of the material is selected from productions featuring Novello-penned music, including Glamorous Night, Perchance to Dream, and The Dancing Years. One highlight is a scene excerpt from act one of Murder in Mayfair. Musically, much of the cuts here quiver with that high-collared feel of prewar pop music. Swelling strings, fluttering violins, and vocalists that always seem to be making cupid shapes with their lips -- this is the sort of music included on Shine Through My Dreams. While it might not be the most thorough retrospective, the Naxos collection does give a solid overview of Novello's music and includes full liner notes. The pouting cover shot of the composer himself also illustrates how ingenious the casting of near lookalike Northam in Gosford Park was.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Glamorous Night, operetta
1 Ivor Novello feat: Mary Ellis / Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra 04:44 Amazon
2 Ivor Novello feat: Mary Ellis / Trefor Jones / Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra 04:11 Amazon
3 Ivor Novello feat: Victor Orchestra / Reinald Werenrath / Reinald Werrenrath 03:31 Amazon
4 Ivor Novello feat: Frances Alda / Victor Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
The House That Jack Built, revue
5 Ivor Novello feat: Winnie Melville / Derek Oldham / New Mayfair Orchestra 03:28 Amazon
6 Ivor Novello feat: New Mayfair Orchestra / Peggy Wood 03:24 Amazon
Murder in Mayfair, operetta
7 Ivor Novello feat: Edna Best 04:20 Amazon
Glamorous Night, operetta
8 Ivor Novello feat: Mary Ellis / Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra 04:59 Amazon
9 Ivor Novello feat: Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra / Elisabeth Welch 04:41 Amazon
10 Ivor Novello feat: Trefor Jones / Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra 03:22 Amazon
Crest of the Wave, operetta
11 Ivor Novello feat: Dorothy Dickson / Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra 03:38 Amazon
The Dancing Years, operetta
12 Ivor Novello feat: Mary Ellis 03:46 Amazon
Glamorous Night, operetta
13 Ivor Novello feat: Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra 03:17 Amazon
Arc de Triomphe, operetta
14 Ivor Novello feat: Phoenix Theatre Orchestra / Elisabeth Welch 03:31 Amazon
Perchance to Dream, operetta
15 Ivor Novello feat: Muriel Barron / Oliver Gilbert 04:42 Amazon
The Dancing Years, operetta
16 Ivor Novello feat: Gisele Preville 02:36 Amazon
17 Ivor Novello feat: The Orchestra / Gisele Preville 02:26 Amazon
18 Ivor Novello feat: Oliver Gilbert 03:13 Amazon
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