Maude Maggart: With Sweet Despair
Maude Maggart on Vocals
John Boswell on Piano
James Sitterly on Violin
Marston Smith on Cello
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 4, 2005
This CD (with a surprise bonus track) is an enchanting series of Maude Maggart’s top quality vocal works, mostly introduced by John Boswell on piano, and occasionally by James Sitterly on violin, or by both piano and Marston Smith’s cello. One song is introduced by Maude’s shimmering voice, mostly a Capella.
#4 – Forty-Second Street/Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Composed by Al Dubin/Harry Warren. A vivacious violin brings us to the edge of one of my favorite Broadway shows with foot-stomping, sassy rhythms. Boswell’s piano provides poignant passages that mingle with Sitterly’s exotic and ethnic violin.
#7 – Night and Day – Composed by Cole Porter. A whispering, but ever so clear, vocal lead with sensuous strings is hypnotic and elegant. Smith’s cello has an earthy, enriching quality.
#9 – Remember My Forgotten Man – Al Dubin/Harry Warren. The percussive piano and soulful cello lead this classically infused composition. At times I almost thought I heard Edith Piaf, “the little sparrow”.
#11 – Someday I’ll Find You – Composed by Noel Coward. Sitterly’s violin leads Maude’s lilting, lovely vocals with tempting tremolos. Maude Maggart possesses a voice that mesmerizes the listener.