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Does anyone know much about this operetta & opera soprano? I have her fine farewell concert, but unearthing information about her is about impossible. She apparently was quite influential in popularizing the songs of Rodrigo & some others. She was mainly active in the '30's & '40's.
- 23 Feb 2016, 01:21
- Forum: Comments, Suggestions & Bugs
- Topic: Butchering the National Anthem
- Replies: 3
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For some time, I have had this stuck in my craw: why do we need to have some popsy-wopsy mediocre "talent" destroying our national anthem just about every time it is performed? Some no-talent schmuck gets hired to make it their next hip-hop hit, and 80% of the time, they don't even know the words, a...
- 22 Feb 2016, 17:12
- Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
- Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
- Replies: 43
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Some years ago, Roberto Alagna recorded some stuff by way of an acoustic horn. The difference in sound is pretty apparent....that's why it's not too fair to judge artists of the "scream into the horn" generation by their not-quite-accurate recordings.
Over-the-years, I have worked with a number of record sleuths & archivists, to find out who is actually on many of the dawn-of-the-LP recordings, issued with hokey names, or with no credits at all. One that eludes me is the Gramophone issue of La Boheme & Lohengrin selections. The performances are v...
- 05 Feb 2016, 21:48
- Forum: Opera Singers
- Topic: Ever changed your mind on a singer rec versus live?
- Replies: 8
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For me, Ludovic Spiess, was like a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. His studio recordings are really dullsville. Conversely, just about all the live recordings I have of him are excellent. I guess he just needed the spark of a live audience to get his fire started.
- 19 Jan 2016, 16:42
- Forum: Opera
- Topic: ClassicFM's "Best Nessun Dorma" - a joke?
- Replies: 8
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I'd have to agree that this is a rather strange array. Bjoerling & Corelli belong in the group; Pavarotti's commercial, complete recording is his best. Many other times he slops through it, and doesn't sing the right note values. Di Stefano, even though he probably should have passed on the role, wa...