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Ivor Novello specialized in writing light, romantic operettas. This disc collects 22 excerpts from these works and features as performers many of the singers who appeared in the original shows. Novello himself provides piano backing on four of the pieces. The record also includes music that was on the soundtrack of Gosford Park. Fans of musical theater will find this to be a charming CD and an important document of a great and somewhat forgotten songwriter.


Born: 15 January 1893 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Ivor Novello was one of the most successful British composer/performers from the period of the 1920s until his death in 1951. A successful songwriter, composer, playwright, and stage and screen actor, in England he was as varied and popular a talent as Noël Coward, although as a playwright his work tended more toward lighter, more romantic fare, and utilized more archaic forms than Coward's creations. Born David Ivor Davies in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of David Davies, a government...
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