Win Julian Ovenden’s new album Be My Love
New studio album celebrating the works of great American composers and lyricists including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein
Songs from 1923’s What I’ll I Do to 1992’s Here’s To Life
Recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles
Julian Ovenden is not who you think he is. Sure, you’ll have seen him a lot on television including Foyle’s War and as the scheming Charles Blake in Downton Abbey, but his new album, Be My Love (released April 22nd on East West Records), is the culmination of 33 years of musical training.
Based on his love of great American composers and lyricists of the first half of the 20th Century, the album includes works from Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and the great partnerships of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart. What all these names have in common are that they hark to an era when the lyrics were as important as the music.
From Irving Berlin’s 1923 composition “What’ll I Do” to Shirley Horn’s classic 1992 “Here’s To Life”, sometimes alongside an orchestra, sometimes alongside a big band or sometimes alongside just a piano, the record is underpinned by a voice brimming with joy, hurt and passion.
It’s in the tradition of Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr and the great standards singers of any era, but as Julian explains, “it’s a marriage of old and new. I respect these songs, but they’re done with a fresh, dynamic sensibility.”
Be My Love was recorded at the legendary Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, where the walls are adorned with photos of the giants who recorded there: Sammy Davis Jr, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin.
Julian Ovenden is more than equipped to make this type of record. From the moment the son of a preacher man (and now the husband of soprano Kate Royal), was enrolled as a chorister at the renowned St Paul’s Cathedral, music has been his life. There, he honed his skills and began the daily two-hour practice sessions which continue to this day. Such were his skills that they earned him a music scholarship to Eton and, then, another scholarship to New College Oxford.
After Oxford, unsure of where to go, acting called and these days he’s neither a singing actor nor an acting singer. Instead, he’s a singer and an actor. His love of singing has taken him all over the world to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Royal Opera House, the Chatelet in Paris, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, on Broadway and in the West End. He’s also regularly collaborated and performed with the celebrated John Wilson Orchestra as well as musicians including Alison Balsom and Michel Legrand.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016 - 11:59pm
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