I Have Dreamed - Helena Blackman - The Sound Of Rodgers & Hammerstein (CD, Album)

For a no-nonsense, hearty Yorkshire lass, Clare Teal has the uncanny knack of triggering all kinds of unexpected emotions as she peals back the layers of even the hoariest old chestnut.

At least twice as I put her jauntily titled new album Hey Ho through its first couple of spins, I realised my tear ducts had responded instinctively to the uncluttered honesty she brings to a ballad, as she cuts through the basic sentimentality of the lyrics and catches you unaware with something fresh and current.

Hey Ho has been conceived and compiled thoughtfully, with Album) dash of inspirational boldness, to celebrate great British song writing, dusting the numbers with the lightest of jazz touches in the process. All that matters is that here, Teal and her collaborators have identified the common threads that run through some of their most lovedsongs and come up with a musical tapestry that does them all proud. When she opens up her throat, the warmth of her timbre is like the sun coming out.

With only a piano for accompaniment, she makes the song glow with Album). Teal wears her talent with the down-to-earth characteristics of her home county.

Hey Ho is one of her best yet. It swoops in and insists that you listen. Got a Little Story: the work of a formidable song stylist. She proves herself a formidable song stylist. Every word is audible, a rarity for a singer who lives so much in the upper register.

And she is risky to the point of audacity in her phrasing. The Sound of Music Live. It's a Outrage! Margaret Landon 's Anna and the King of Siam. Anna and the King. The King and I musical. Original cast recording London cast recording jazz version by The Mastersounds Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley album The Lettermen.

Log in to Reply. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This site uses cookies from several providers, including Google, to deliver its services and to analyse traffic. I thought, "OK, that sometimes happens when you're ill. In Aprilshe booked an appointment-with consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon Tom Harris, who discovered a growth on her vocal folds.

The vocal folds, or vocal cords, are two pieces of tissue located above the windpipe that stretch across the tough cartilage of the larynx, or voice box. Vocal cord growths are noncancerous growths in or on a vocal cord. Mr Harris explains: 'These lesions usually Album) from misuse of the voice by speaking or singing in an improper pitch, screaming or using the voice excessively while sick, which is what Helena did.

Persistent hoarseness is the first warning sign of a lesion. However, if they are left untreated they can grow large and in these cases surgery is required. Helena was first given vocal exercises. Two years later, her voice had not improved dramatically so she underwent a microlaryngoscopy and glottoplasty operation at Lewisham. We operate through the mouth so I Have Dreamed - Helena Blackman - The Sound Of Rodgers & Hammerstein (CD are no scars.

Patients can go home the same day. Not that her voice bore any resemblance to Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday. There is also a album issued by RCA Victor in its vintage series which boasts a very discering selection of her material. These recordings are obviously Album) to come by but well worth seeking out.

In many ways the quality of these pre-digital mastering issues is clearer than more recent efforts, mainly because the sound is completely true to the original. Helen Morgan in characteristic pose atop a grand piano. Despite the quality of her more obscure material, the greatest testimony to her rare talent as a torch singer is her legacy of the show-stopping standards which enraptured her I Have Dreamed - Helena Blackman - The Sound Of Rodgers & Hammerstein (CD wherever she was performing, usually characteristically perched atop a grand piano.

That such a quality can still capture the imagination after so many years is surely a reason for restoring Helen Morgan to her rightful place in the gallery of all-time-great female performers.

Handing on the Torch — a piece for The Wire magazine, tracing torch singing from its roots to modern smart pop read. Why would you be, when such a vibrant living talent materialises in front of your eyes? And her joy at unleashing this skill, recently discovered and relatively unexplored, free from the constraints of a musical theatre performance, is palpable.

Jessie Buckley is one of the last performers to grace the stage at Pizza on the Park. The room is to close in the summerdepriving London of a venue steeped in showbusiness history. Never mind the overpriced food and the so-so wine list that have been part of its idiosyncratic charm over the years — just catch a rising star in her element.

Someone who sings about love and loss, and the pain of experience. The power of torch-singing lies in its effect on the listener.

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