REVIEWS AND QUOTES OF SPRING COLLECTION,
DALLAS SPRING, NOT BY
STORM, BUT BY STEALTH
April 16, 2002
"Some cabaret singers take you by storm; the velvet-voiced
American soprano Lorna Dallas wins you by stealth. Dallas's great gift is to suit
her technique to the material. She can be crisp and witty with a comic number.
But she lets her voice soar on Novello's unashamedly romantic 'Waltz of My Heart.'
And she discovers new emotional depths in a standard like Rodgers' and Hammerstein's
'Younger Than Springtime.' She does it by caressing each word and syllable so
that 'softer than starlight are you' becomes not a throwaway sentiment but a lingering
expression of genuine passion; it is the technique of the classical actor applied
to a song lyric. This is a rich collection from a rare soprano who has an instinct
for truth that puts many of her lauded showbiz rivals to shame."
Billington, THE GUARDIAN
"Some cabaret artists - like vintage
wines - mature and deepen with age. One such is Lorna Dallas
a major cabaret player on both sides of the Atlantic. The quality of her shimmering,
still vibrantly youthful soprano has never been in doubt but she has found her
interpretative voice too and that is finally propelling her forward, not merely
as a singer of songs but as a rich communicator of them. She caresses the lyrics
with diction and delight. It is precisely this attribute that now puts her in
company with the cabaret elite
Barbara Cook. Like Cook, she draws her material
from the familiar and the unknown to alternately embrace and surprise you. She
is always sublime."
Shenton, THE STAGE
a cabaret artist you need to be able to interpret
not merely sing the songs
actually give something else to them. Lorna Dallas simply took my breath away!
A truly beautiful collection of songs
but some of them fairly obscure.
I've always been a great exponent of cabaret
so don't miss her!"
Mark Shenton, BBC
where the show comes alive and breaks hearts, it is unlikely you will hear a better
rendition of Eric Maschwitz' 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' or Fran Landesman's
'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.' Both could have been written for Lorna
Dallas so elegant and sincere is her rendition. Overall Spring Collection is a
collector's evening, one I would have been unhappy to miss."
"The late Benny Green was renowned
for his knowledge of that enduring oxymoron, the obscure popular song. Lorna Dallas
is fast establishing herself as another authority. Dallas is certainly a true
few performers handle a ballad with quite as much purity and sensitivity.
Glorious moments to savour? 'YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME' is cloaked in a darkly ruminative
arrangement and Dallas is vulnerable and conversational in Fran Landesman's 'SPRING
CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST.' And after a paean to all things Gallic on 'APRIL
IN PARIS' she catches us with a playful snowball on 'APRIL IN FAIRBANKS'
Clive Davis, THE LONDON
April 22, 2002
"Although she has now finished her short season at
Jermyn Street Theatre, I couldn't let Lorna Dallas go without reminding our readers
what a good performer she is, and bemoan the fact that we really do not see enough
of this superb singer in the West End. Her SPRING COLLECTION was such a brilliant
piece of programming, a very pleasing mixture of the familiar and the rarely-performed
that provided a textbook example of what cabaret is all about. Lorna Dallas has
such a warm, melodious voice that to be in her company is like being bathed in
hot chocolate. I am not the first person to compare her with the likes of Barbara
Cook, for she possesses a similar vocal quality of emotional depth that comes
out in every song she interprets. I do hope she will be repeating this excellent
programme at other venues as well as perhaps committing it to record, for it really
is one of the finest cabaret compilations in living memory."
Darvell, WHAT'S ON IN LONDON