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Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Hi-Fi Nightingale - Catering Valente


Fiesta Cubana

The Hi-Fi Nightingale
Caterina Valente
With the Orchestras of Werner Muller, Kurt Edelhagen, Paul Durand and Monaco Ball
Decca Records DL 8203

From the back cover: The voice of Caterina Valente is an international sensation. It captured America through the medium of one exciting recording. The recording was Ernesto Lecuona's perennially popular "Malagueña," and the Caterina Valente treatment, sung in German with the electrifying arrangement of the Werner Muller orchestra, proved to be the most unique and stirring interpretation of the song ever recorded. Caterina Valente and her recording won the immediate acclaim of the music critics, disc jockeys and, most importantly, the record listening public.

Although a comparative newcomer to American audiences, Miss Valente is well known throughout the European continent, a true international star possessing a beauty and personalty that match her sparkling vocal technique. Caterina's universal appeal can be attributed in part to her continental parentage. Her father, of Spanish descent, lived in Sweden a decade before moving to Paris. Her mother, an Italian by birth, spent twenty years traveling throughout Europe as an entertainer. Caterina herself was born in Paris and made it her home until 1952 when, through marriage, she became a German citizen.

This new recording displays Caterina Valente's extraordinary talent in all its phases. It includes the brilliant "Malagueña," the languorous "The Breeze And I," as well as such perennially favorite numbers as "Begin The Beguine, " "Siboney," "Jalousie," and other melodies sound in Caterina Valente's highly personal style.

To make this offering still more distinguished, the amazing voice of Caterina Valente is accompanied by the symphonic-sounding orchestras of Werner Muller, Kurt Edelhagen, Paul Durand and Monaco Ball.

From Billboard - January 28, 1956: Decca's bi-lingual canary sings a variety of exotic standards–ranging in style from cool to sultry, and mostly sung in charmingly accented English. Several of the sites have been released as singles – notably her first big click, "malagueña," and her most recent waxing, "Siboney" and "Temptation." Lush backing is provided by Werner Muller, Monaco Ball and Paul Durand; while Kurt Edelhagen contributes some pleasant cool jazz. Best of the lot are the aforementioned sides released as singles. Should be a strong seller.

The Breeze And I (Werner Muller and His Orchestra)
It Hearts Could Talk (Werner Muller and His Orchestra)
Temptation (Werner Muller and His Orchestra)
This Ecstasy (Paul Durand and His Orchestra)
Jalousie (Werner Muller and His Orchestra)
Fiesta Cubana (All Voices and Instruments Performed by Caterina Valente)
Malagueña (Werner Muller and His Orchestra)
The Way You Love Me (Paul Durand and His Orchestra)
My Lonely Lover (Monaco Ball and His Orchestra)
Begin The Beguine (Monaco Ball and His Orchestra)
Siboney (Kurt Edelhagen and His Orchestra)
This Must Be Wrong (Oho-Aha) (Kurt Edelhagen and His Orchestra)

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