This is the album Chenoweth was born to make. These standards are revisited quite often but rarely with such care and feeling. "I'ce Got A Crush On You" and "The Very Thought of You" both with Dave Koz are really lovely but then, so is the rest of "The Art of Elegance." Chenoweth makes "A House Is Not a Home" her own in her powerful version here. She never overdoes any of this material, instead letting her amazing voice find nuance and feeling in every song. If you enjoy The Great American Songbook and flawless execution, you'll love this recording. More of the same Ms. Chenoweth, please!
My family and I have just adored Kristin since (IIRC! She is one of those people you feel like you have known forever) she was at OCU here in Oklahoma City, and I truly think she just keeps getting better, which is no easy feat when it comes to singing. She has a God-given gift but she also trained and worked hard to hone that gift into something so beautiful. Her passion and love of song can be felt in every note.
"The Art of Elegance" is something every generation can really enjoy, my Dad is 77 years young & still has every record he ever bought, still in pristine condition, and his face just lit up when he saw the track listing! So we sat & listened, it was like a wonderful trip back in time for my Dad, and he too was blown away by the quality. First of course by Kristin's amazing voice, which is classic - she could be dropped into any decade (or heck, even any century! See her "Coming Home" DVD, there is a beautiful song from the 1850's in the Bonus section, I really recommend buying that too!), and by the musicians who accompany her, and the quality of the recording. I agree, all of this is just absolutely stellar and lovely.
I am sorry this is sort of a scattered review, I just am really loving this CD (and a bit sleepy :0)). Kristin and the great people she works with have an amazing knack at choosing the absolute right songs, and Kristin is a Master at making even something you have heard many times before seem new. And as usual, it always amazes me to hear this amazing voice come from such a tiny human :0) The only thing I could wish for is that my Grandparents were here to listen to "The Art Of Elegance", as I know my Grandmothers, both of whom were pianists, one sang on the radio in Oklahoma City in the 1940's, would love this wonderful collection of songs. Really well done, as always, Kristin, this is exactly what so many of us who have had a less-than-stellar year need - I am just transported to another time when I listen... and I am very grateful to have this music!! Brava!
I just received Kristen Chenowith's new CD and I love it. It is the old standards, and she does them beautifully. I have many of the same selections on old Linda Ronstadt CDs, but Chenowith puts a new twist on some, and it is certainly a CD worth having.
I don’t usually write reviews for media. Everyone has their own taste and what suits me will have very little to do with what suits you. So what’s the value in me telling you I like something? But this album is especially well done, and I’d like to say why I think that.
Art of Elegance is a collection of standards. Someone to Watch Over Me and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered are highlights for me, but every title here is a well known and loved standard. Each of these songs has been covered many times, yet this collection stands out.
I believe that singing is just another type of acting job. And these songs are well acted. Ms. Chenoweth avoids excessive flourishes and showy decorations and in so doing she gives these songs much more real emotion and a sense of honesty than they would have had otherwise. In other words, she uses her considerable talent to serve the material rather than to demonstrate what she can do. Thank you Kristin!
This is an easy listening album, but it never lapses into dinner music (except maybe during the piano solo in Smile). The production is great. The engineering sounds perfect to me, but I confess I’m half way to having old man hearing. :-(
If you like this style of music, give Art of Elegance a listen. And let’s hope there’s a follow-up.
This is a great selection of American popular standards performed beautifully by Ms. Chenoweth. She sings the verses to the songs as well as the well-known melodies, which set the stage for the lyric sentiments to follow. Her voice, of course, is extraordinary, but she has a respect for the songs by such giants as George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Hoagy Carmichael, as well as more modern song writers such as Burt Bacharach and Frank Sinatra.
Highlights are "Skylark," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "A House Is Not a Home," and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." When Ms. Chenoweth has this kind of material to work with, she soars.
I really can't say how I found out about Kristen, but I'm sure glad I did. She is an amazing singer: impeccable phrasing and intonation, awesome range, and great chops! She makes songs come alive. She is a master of the ballad; I hope she will choose a few upbeat selections in the future.
It's the music you want to listen to when you're feeling forlorn or when you're about to make an amazingly romantic dinner. She retains that crystal clarity with diction to die for. Classics and a must for your collection. Love it.
Here is a collection of popular standards that will appeal to all. It showcases Miss Chenoweth at her personal best. From start to finish she sings directly to you and only you. It is a gift that few vocalists possess. Some of the selections have been around for decades and thanks to this splendid CD, and Kristin Chenoweth, they will live forever.
I love Kristin Chenoweth and had just seen her live when I saw this album was coming out, so I preordered it. At first I was a little thrown by how 'slow' the music is--KChen can BELT and I was expecting a showier twist on at least a couple of the tracks. But after a few listens I've come to love this and it's got a permanent place in my car's CD player.
Amid the sturm und drang of this world, this collection of classic songs sung by Chenoweth's crystal voice is a welcomed respite. The quiet between the words is almost as enchanting as the words themselves - a sense of expectation. Chenoweth's voice in my yeoman opinion has never been better. and the orchestrations are exceptional. Looking for elegance in this world? Look no further.