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Lloyd Dykk
The Vancouver Sun

"One of the benefits of the film Gosford Park is that it may have introduced, to many, perhaps, the music of Ivor Novello, whose delicious tunes were an agent in destabilizing the upstairs/downstairs social castes in the 1920s and '30s. Novello was a matinee idol and his operettas dominated the West End stages for more than two decades. He's often called the Andrew Lloyd Webber of his day but you'll disregard the comparison - it doesn't tell you anything - when you hear the music, which is romantic, and though as tremulous as a butterfly's wing, endurable, evoking moonlight, long cigarette holders, the wit of arch, civilized love, and a great deal more. The titles say it all: The Radiance in Your Eyes, Give Me Back My Heart, If You Only Knew, I Can Give You Starlight, We'll Gather Lilacs. These noise-reduced transfers of some of Novello's original stars - Mary Ellis, Peggy Wood, Edna Best, Elizabeth Welch, and the orchestras of the New Mayfair, Drury Lane and Phoenix Theatres - are marvelously preserved. The treasures include a scene from the first act of Murder in Mayfair, with Edna Best and Novello himself, speaking and at the piano - a very light murder."






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