Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?

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Jimlejim
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Re: Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?

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Well, this doesn't sound too bad. :D

Tenor freak. :D

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Coinerulio
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Re: Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?

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He was a great singer, but not my cup of tea. I agree with the OP about those straight tones. They sound awful.

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Orestes
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Re: Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?

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I acknowledge that Martinelli had a lot of technical flaws, but I find him very interesting as interpreter. I like him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpXfKKE0iU0
I think this abridged scene from Il trovatore (1927) illustrates both his pros and cons. He was at his peak here, but he transposes the "Pira" -and the high B is tight and almost unpleasant.

But something more interesting is what he makes of the scene before the stretta. The way of handling the "Il presagio funesto" is very delicate. He can keep the line extremely well, he does not run out of breath. He does not use tiring antics and does really succeed in creating a genuine, calm atmosphere of this scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDA2fnQYRpk
Martinelli handles this British concert classic, "Because" very well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF6-dzKVl7A
[Rondine al nido. Impeccable.

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