Dream Dancing-The Songs of Cole Porter & Richard R[CD]
Dream Dancing: The Songs of Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers - a just-released CD featuring two outstanding Montreal musicians: mezzo-soprano Deborah Kraus and pianist John Gilbert. This introduction to some of the lesser-known songs of Porter and Rodgers marks the first musical venture of this sizzling new duo. You may be familiar with John Gilbert's virtuosity as a musical director, composer and arranger. A student of Charles Reiner and a graduate of Vincent d'Indy and McGill University, John has been extremely active on the music scene, most recently writing and performing Cole Porter-style 'evening entertainments' for club, private party and cruise ship engagements. John's golden ear for nuance and rich sonorities, his pure joy in music-making - not to mention his vast knowledge of the American popular music repertoire - have gained him an enthusiastic following throughout Canada and the United States. In this her first crossover recording, Deborah Kraus - an Eastman School of Music graduate whose recital, chamber music, opera and oratorio concerts and recordings have garnered her high praise from audiences throughout North America - underlines once more her deep love of the American popular music of the 1920s-1950s. Deborah's delight with the music of this era, dating from childhood music-making and family visits to New York and Boston, was rekindled in the 80s while singing with renowned jazz pianist Armas Maiste on the CBC television show 'Yesterdays' (Michael Sinelnikoff, producer). Dream Dancing has long percolated in the minds of these two artists. Deborah, ever on the lookout for a pianist who could do more with this repertoire than what appears on the written page, found John ... who distills from his extensive jazz and blues background to bring the music back to the beauty of the song, and it's lyrics. John too had been waiting ... waiting for someone who could sing the music as he heard it inside his head. When he met Deborah four years ago while music director at the Saidye Bronfman Theatre, he had, as they say, found his singer. Dream Dancing marks the first in this duo's champagne series. It's a dazzling new Montreal partnership.
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