First Complete Recording

Bittersweet, First Complete Recording
CD1: 48'53''
CD2: 35'16''

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Libretto and Music

Noel Coward

Valerie Masterson
Martin Smith
Rosemary Ashe
Donald Maxwell

New Saddler's Wells Chorus and Orchestra
conducted by
Michael Reed

Bittersweet, Noel Coward's famous operetta which features some of his greatest songs, ("I'll See You Again", "If Love Were All" and "Zigeuner" amongst others) is now released on JAY Records to celebrate Noel Coward's centenary year. This recording, unlike previous recordings, places the songs and music in their dramatic context, based on a production by the New Sadler's Wells Opera. Included in the recordings are three pieces: "Alas! The Time Is Past", "Bittersweet Waltz" and "Polka", which are recorded here in full for the first time

CD 1
  1. That Wonderful Melody
    Tom Griffin
  2. The Call Of Life
    Valerie Masterson, Company
  3. If You Could Only Come With Me
    Martin Smith
  4. I'll See You Again
    Valerie Masterson, Martin Smith
  5. Polka
    New Sadler's Opera Orchestra
  6. What Is Love?
    Valerie Masterson, Company
  7. The Last Dance
    Michael Fitchew, Robert Jon, Ian Platt, Carol Lesley-Green, Sally-Anne Middleton, Anne O'Neill, Company
  8. Finale Act One
    Valerie Masterson, Martin Smith, Company
  9. Life In The Morning
  10. Ladies Of The Town
    Rachel Izen, Lucy Fenwick, Sara Weymouth, Claire Hayes
  11. If Love Were All
    Rosemary Ashe
  12. Dear Little Cafe
    Valerie Masterson, Martin Smith
CD 2
  1. Bittersweet Waltz
    New Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
  2. We Wish To Order Wine
  3. Tokay
    Donald Maxwell, Company
  4. Bonne Nuit, Merci
    Rosemary Ashe
  5. Kiss Me
    Rosemary Ashe, Chorus
  6. Tara-Ra-Boom-De-Ay
  7. Alas! The Time Is Past
    Sally-Anne Middleton, Fiona Lamont, Carol Lesley-Green, Claire Hayes, Anne O'Neill, Susan Stubbs
  8. We All Wear A Green Carnation
    Michael Chance, David Kinder, Tom Griffin, Clive Walton
  9. Zigeuner
  10. Finale Act Three
    Valerie Masterson, Martin Smith