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My Secret Heart: The Music Of Ivor Novello And Noël Coward

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My Secret Heart: The Music Of Ivor Novello And Noël Coward
My Secret Heart: The Music Of Ivor Novello And Noël Coward


Certain rhythms seem to flow naturally for certain people. Shakespeare could probably have held a conversation in iambic pentameters and, when it comes to music, you can find many national preferences: the tango for Argentinians, the samba for Brazilians, the polka for Czechs, the mazurka for Poles, the czárdás for Hungarians, and so on. The Austrians have developed a predilection for the waltz, which grew out of an earlier dance, the Ländler. It comes so naturally to them that it is almost like a second language. The great Viennese soprano Hilde Gueden had it in her bones and was second to none in interpreting her native operettas. But, in an inspired move by the Decca recording team, in 1955 she was persuaded to try her hand at the waltz music of two British men of the theatre, Ivor Novello and Noël Coward. The resulting album, beautifully arranged and conducted by Stanley Black, has become a classic. This 2CD set presents Gueden in folkloric vein, from the songs from musicals by Coward and Novello, to a sequence of Viennese songs, including waltzes, and two programs delivered with often touching simplicity, one of children's songs, the other of Christmas music. All are treated with the same polished perfectionism, a total eschewal of sentimentality, and that indefinable quality through which great singers make intimate contact with their listeners. The recordings were made between 1952 and 1969 for Decca, with whom she enjoyed a long collaboration.


  1. Name
  2. Ivor Novello: Music in May (Careless Rapture)
  3. Noel Coward: Ill follow my secret heart (Conversation Piece)
  4. Zigeuner (Bitter Sweet)
  5. Ivor Novello: Leap Year Waltz (The Dancing Years)
  6. Some day my heart will awake (Kings Rhapsody)
  7. I can give you the starlight (The Dancing Years)
  8. Waltz of my heart (The Dancing Years)
  9. Noel Coward: Ill see you again (Bitter Sweet)
  10. Ivor Novello: The violin began to play (Kings Rhapsody)
  11. Well gather lilacs (Perchance to Dream)
  12. Noel Coward: Some day Ill find you (Private Lives)
  13. Ivor Novello: Glamorous Night (Glamorous Night)
  15. Brüderlein fein
  16. Die Banda kommt
  17. SMailufterl
  18. Wenns die Geigen heimlich streicheln
  19. Wiener Künstler
  20. Das ist mein Wien
  21. Kunst und Natur
  22. Ich und der Mond
  23. Wien, Weib, Wein
  24. SHerz von an echten Weana
  25. Vogerl, flieg in d Welt hinaus
  26. Wie sich der Wiener den Himmel vorstellt
  27. Wiener-Wald
  28. Herrgott, wie schön bist du, Wien
  29. CHILDRENS SONGS FROM MANY LANDS (Arranged by Paul Fürst) Hänschen klein
  30. Backe backe Kuchen
  31. Alle Vöglein sind schon da
  32. Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen
  33. Es tanzt ein Bi-Ba-Butzemann
  34. Hänsel und Gretel
  35. Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen
  36. Vögelhochzeit
  37. Ein Männlein steht im Walde
  38. Suse, liebe, Suse
  39. Die Blümelein, sie schlafen
  40. Es klappert die Mühle
  41. Kommt ein Vogerl geflogen
  42. Müde bin ich, geh zur Ruh
  43. Alle meine Entchen
  44. Guter Mond, du gehst so stille
  45. Sing a Song of Sixpence
  46. Hickory Dickory Dock
  47. Hush a Bye Baby
  48. Oranges and Lemons
  49. Baa, Baa Black Sheep
  50. Three Blind Mice
  51. I Had a Little Nut Tree
  52. Bye Baby Bunting
  53. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  54. Frère Jacques
  55. Sur le pont dAvignon
  56. Meunier tu dors
  57. Il était un petit navire
  58. Au clair de la lune
  59. Tengo
  60. Buji
  61. Kasoeuta
  62. Ma come balli bella bimba
  63. Fa la nana bambin
  64. Pajarito que cantas
  65. CHRISTMAS SONGS (Arranged by Richard Rossmayer) O du Fröhliche
  66. O Tannenbaum
  67. Was soll das bedeuten
  68. Es blühen die Maien
  69. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
  70. Es hat sich eröffnet
  71. Süsser die Glocken nie klingen
  72. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
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