The best vocal match up in duets

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The best vocal match up in duets

Postby Darksoprano » 19 Mar 2016, 18:39



What are your favorite vocal match ups for any duet in opera? Timbres that blended well, without one drowning the other out. My vote goes to Pavarotti and Sutherland.

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby Geoff » 20 Mar 2016, 12:31

What an attractive idea for a thread, and for us to indulge one or two personal preferences, for instance this from 1953. Leopold Simoneau/Rene Bianco - Pearl Fishers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSNHSEltakY
or this:
Fritz Wunderlich/Anneliese Rothenberger/Gottlob Frick/Hetty Plumacher 1960 - Martha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu1vkHll0IY

I could go on and on but two will do for now and perhaps I can come back ?

Regards,
Geoff.

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby TifosoBonisolli » 20 Mar 2016, 18:24

Great idea for a thread indeed! For an excellent duet recording, harmony between the two singers (and their timbres) is perhaps even more important than faultless singing of every single note. That's why great duet recordings are sometimes made by people who are only average singers on most of their solo records.

In this sense, in no particular order:
1. Marcel Wittrisch and Margarete Teschemacher made many duet recordings together, all are worth hearing; the most famous is of course "O ciel, ou courrez-vous?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEuxv-QhxA4, but personally, I prefer their "O terra, addio" because Teschemacher is in better form here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XndVYCCDoug (I know, there is also Azucena participating in the last section, but most of it is still a duet, so I hope you'll pardon me, particularly if the Azucena is the great Margarete Klose).

2. A good example of two not quite faultless singers who make a stunning pairing nonetheless: József Simándy and Sándor Svéd, "Dio che nell'alma", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JYrf4xw45U

3. The personal relation between the two singers plays an important part, as well. Fritz Wunderlich and Hermann Prey were close friends, and you can hear it. Sorry, I know it's not quite the right season, but this is perhaps their most beautiful joint recording - Christmas songs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-vXemgL6sc

4. In comparison with Geoff's Simoneau/Bianco recording, I'd like to nominate what is probably my favourite version of "Au fond du temple saint" - again by two singers who never reached this level in their solo recordings, Luigi Fort and Leo Piccioli (Piccioli's solo records are even rather awful!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxXgh2sWDM

5. Better known and perhaps a very obvious choice, but still a glorious recording, is Villebois' (or Vilboa's, as the name is re-transliterated from Russian) "The seafarers" by Ivan Jershov (Yershov, Ershov, however you prefer to transliterate him) and Vasilij Sharonov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWOK0P1pgvc

6. Better known still, but just totally unmatched, is "Cheti, cheti" by Ferruccio Corradetti and Giuseppe de Luca - two singers really having fun with each other! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa2_FyYMPgk

7. A far less obvious choice for "Solenne in quest'ora": Herbert Ernst Groh and Gerhard Hüsch, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfzp3xoPONw, their not quite perfect Italian pronounciation notwithstanding. They should have made more duet recordings; particularly Hüsch was never as good as here.

8. A propos of personal relations between the two singers: Felix Senius and Clara Erler were married when they made what is, in my opinion at least, one of the most beautiful duet recordings ever - "Wo du hingehst" by Franz Ries, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9QxqDZaZeE

9. Married, as well, were Heinrich and Annemay Schlusnus. While she is, as far as I know, documented only in their joint recordings, the much-recorded Heinrich Schlusnus left few recordings as excellent as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDCkvdmLoAg

10. Very interesting to hear, though not quite on the same quality level IMO, is another married couple: Henry and Magda von Dulong. They were once (around 1900) considered the world's best duet pairing; their recordings are extremely elusive, so this is a rather spectacular upload on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgYIuU9OVCM.

11. Most operatic collectors are just too earnest about their hobby, so let's have a bit fun, too! A rather unlikely but wonderful pairing: Bing Crosby and Ezio Pinza! Start listening at 15:39 on http://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/va ... ezio-pinza

12. Another both funny and excellent live recording... "Ja ljublju vas, Olga" is typically not a duet, but in this particular case, it is - hear the two great rivals Ivan Kozlovskij and Sergej Lemeshev in beautiful harmony! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_207yT4nFmQ

13. The Russians are generally good at duet pairings. Many, many recordings of WWII soldier songs and other propagandistic Soviet material were made by Solomon Khromchenko and Pjotr Kirichek. One of their best is "Pesnja o Shchorse" by the both great and terrible Matvej Blanter: http://www.sovmusic.ru/download.php?fname=pesnya15

14. Grand finale: one of my favourite duet recordings. Georgij Vinogradov and Andrej Ivanov sing "Vanka-Tanka" by Dargomyzhskij: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP_cwRC9w4w. It doesn't get much better than that!

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby Jimlejim » 20 Mar 2016, 23:40

My vote: Corelli & Bastianini

Tenor freak. :D

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby Lambert » 21 Mar 2016, 01:19

TifosoBonisolli wrote:Great idea for a thread indeed! For an excellent duet recording, harmony between the two singers (and their timbres) is perhaps even more important than faultless singing of every single note. That's why great duet recordings are sometimes made by people who are only average singers on most of their solo records.

In this sense, in no particular order:
1. Marcel Wittrisch and Margarete Teschemacher made many duet recordings together, all are worth hearing; the most famous is of course "O ciel, ou courrez-vous?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEuxv-QhxA4, but personally, I prefer their "O terra, addio" because Teschemacher is in better form here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XndVYCCDoug (I know, there is also Azucena participating in the last section, but most of it is still a duet, so I hope you'll pardon me, particularly if the Azucena is the great Margarete Klose).

2. A good example of two not quite faultless singers who make a stunning pairing nonetheless: József Simándy and Sándor Svéd, "Dio che nell'alma", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JYrf4xw45U

3. The personal relation between the two singers plays an important part, as well. Fritz Wunderlich and Hermann Prey were close friends, and you can hear it. Sorry, I know it's not quite the right season, but this is perhaps their most beautiful joint recording - Christmas songs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-vXemgL6sc

4. In comparison with Geoff's Simoneau/Bianco recording, I'd like to nominate what is probably my favourite version of "Au fond du temple saint" - again by two singers who never reached this level in their solo recordings, Luigi Fort and Leo Piccioli (Piccioli's solo records are even rather awful!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxXgh2sWDM

5. Better known and perhaps a very obvious choice, but still a glorious recording, is Villebois' (or Vilboa's, as the name is re-transliterated from Russian) "The seafarers" by Ivan Jershov (Yershov, Ershov, however you prefer to transliterate him) and Vasilij Sharonov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWOK0P1pgvc

6. Better known still, but just totally unmatched, is "Cheti, cheti" by Ferruccio Corradetti and Giuseppe de Luca - two singers really having fun with each other! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa2_FyYMPgk

7. A far less obvious choice for "Solenne in quest'ora": Herbert Ernst Groh and Gerhard Hüsch, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfzp3xoPONw, their not quite perfect Italian pronounciation notwithstanding. They should have made more duet recordings; particularly Hüsch was never as good as here.

8. A propos of personal relations between the two singers: Felix Senius and Clara Erler were married when they made what is, in my opinion at least, one of the most beautiful duet recordings ever - "Wo du hingehst" by Franz Ries, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9QxqDZaZeE

9. Married, as well, were Heinrich and Annemay Schlusnus. While she is, as far as I know, documented only in their joint recordings, the much-recorded Heinrich Schlusnus left few recordings as excellent as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDCkvdmLoAg

10. Very interesting to hear, though not quite on the same quality level IMO, is another married couple: Henry and Magda von Dulong. They were once (around 1900) considered the world's best duet pairing; their recordings are extremely elusive, so this is a rather spectacular upload on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgYIuU9OVCM.

11. Most operatic collectors are just too earnest about their hobby, so let's have a bit fun, too! A rather unlikely but wonderful pairing: Bing Crosby and Ezio Pinza! Start listening at 15:39 on http://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/va ... ezio-pinza

12. Another both funny and excellent live recording... "Ja ljublju vas, Olga" is typically not a duet, but in this particular case, it is - hear the two great rivals Ivan Kozlovskij and Sergej Lemeshev in beautiful harmony! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_207yT4nFmQ

13. The Russians are generally good at duet pairings. Many, many recordings of WWII soldier songs and other propagandistic Soviet material were made by Solomon Khromchenko and Pjotr Kirichek. One of their best is "Pesnja o Shchorse" by the both great and terrible Matvej Blanter: http://www.sovmusic.ru/download.php?fname=pesnya15

14. Grand finale: one of my favourite duet recordings. Georgij Vinogradov and Andrej Ivanov sing "Vanka-Tanka" by Dargomyzhskij: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP_cwRC9w4w. It doesn't get much better than that!
You're like a walking encyclopedia. I bet you get that a lot? Perhaps I'll get flamed for this, but... could you actually post fewer items in threads? Your lists are scary, man. When will I have the time to go through this? :P

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby Geoff » 22 Mar 2016, 12:09

Here is something of a rarity. Rosa Ponselle Youtube is full of this full of this legendary singer singing along with a recording of Caruso and 'Bartlett's dream'. I believe it was recorded in 1954 during a long-sought recording session at Ponselle's home, 'Villa Pace' when she was well into her retirement from the operatic stage. If my information is incorrect I'm sure someone will correct me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUszmjBFgzM
Regards,
Geoff

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby Jim » 08 May 2016, 18:12

Here is one. Not the famous bellowing match between Caruso and Ruffo. But a more relaxed affair between Enrico Caruso and Antonio Scotti.



Beautifully done and it could easily be two baritones singing.

Jim

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Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Postby shutko » 13 May 2016, 15:55



In every duet recording I have heard with Clement, I think he has a strong sense of awareness... It seems he always starts passages quietly to make sure his partner is in accord with the present line and to match with his partner vocally.



Another very beautiful example.


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