Gramophone Musicals Good CD Guide - Diva By Diva


Judy Kaye is one of those rare performers who is equally at home in the world of musical theater as in the opera house - as this impeccable showcase of her talents demonstrates. The theme of the disc is a tribute to the legendary ladies of Broadway and offers a chance to hear fresh and lively interpretations of some of the classics of the genre. The first two tracks are slightly off-putting and do not match the quality of the remainder of the disc. But the recording bursts into life with Stephen Schwartz' "Where is the Warmth?' from The Baker's Wife, a beautiful rendition with a sumptuous orchestration underneath. From that point onwards the listener is in the hands of a singer at the top of her form working with arrangements that are sublime. There is the deeply romantic "I Loved You Once in Silence" from Camelot, accompanied by arranger Patrick Brady's superb piano playing. Kaye's operatic skills are on display in Wright and Forrest's flamboyant "Now" (Song of Norway). Her wonderful humour is displayed to perfection in "Mr. Right" from the rarely-heard Love Life as Kaye spells out her ideas of the perfect man. If proof were needed that she is a singer who can compete in all departments, she even turns her voice onto a swinging "Take a Chance on Love" from Cabin in the Sky. This is truly a diva tackling the divas - it is no mean feat to take on such a range of classic songs that are firmly associated with their originators and to provide a wholly satisfying and enjoyable result.

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