The bombastic Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde achieved one great thing: introducing a vast audience to Christiane Noll.
The bombastic Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde achieved one great thing: introducing a vast audience to Christiane Noll. Other singers' interpretations may be grittier or more knowing, but few artists can match Noll's voice for purity or sweetness. Softened by a hint of playful humor and warmth, her flawless enunciation and gentle phrasing capture the essence of Ira Gershwin's words. The album includes some of the lyricist's collaborations with his brother, George—from such standards as "I Got Rhythm" to such lesser-known numbers as "I Can't Be Bothered Now"—as well as songs he wrote with the likes of Jerome Kern ("Long Ago & Far Away") and Harold Arlen ("The Man That Got Away"). Noll deftly belts a few brash numbers, but she truly soars on the lighter arrangements, with seemingly effortless high notes and clear pitch. Until October, the album is available exclusively on the label's Web site (fynsworthalley.com).—WH