Unexpected gems

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Pawelot
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Unexpected gems

Postby Pawelot » 20 Mar 2016, 15:36



This is one of the most beautiful renditions of this song I've ever heard. And I never thought I could even enjoy a rendition of it by a woman. It's just a tenor song in my head. Not anymore. What renditions of songs and arias delighted you in spite of aspects you normally don't like or think you'd never like?

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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 22 Mar 2016, 23:13

Thank you Pawel. As you say, usually associated with tenors so yes, it's a gem. Sometimes it's not the singer but the song and for me, one of these is 'Scenes that are brightest' from Wallace's 'Maritana'. It takes me back to my childhood and to a singer who wasn't a world famous name but was a star to me - my mother, who was no mean soprano herself, professionally. )no recordings) . Anyway, here we are with three different singers:
Joan Sutherland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JM1267_TaY
Rosa Ponselle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqIRGtX3jpE
Joseph Schmidt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TzFeLaxy-I

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Geoff.

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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 23 Mar 2016, 23:29

Stanislav Gastaldon's 'musica proibita' was originally written for the female voice but it is so compellingly beautiful that over the years it has been hi-jacked, mainly by tenors from Caruso onwards. How about we return it to a soprano, in this case, the young, very likeable Tamara del Montenegro, (well, I like her) once again, courtesy of youtube.


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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Jimlejim » 27 Mar 2018, 22:05

I have to admit I am surprised to have enjoyed these as well. Keep them coming. I don't think I have any to offer myself at this point.
Tenor freak. :D

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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 29 Mar 2018, 22:52

Not opera I admit, but something from Spanish Zarzuela. How about Luis Damaso ? I like his vocal timbre and in searching youtube there is some opera as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHtc_UF81ic
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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 29 Mar 2018, 23:27

I know I'm tenor fixated but for many years I have admired the American tenor Richard Crooks, a singer of great integrity who to my mind retired too early from the operatic stage in the 1940's. Anyway, here he is from the 1930's:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC4Mil1OWdI
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Geoff.

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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Jim » 07 Apr 2018, 08:36

Indeed I much prefer the sound of Richard Crooks to that of Jan Peerce.



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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 14 Apr 2018, 00:18

As I've remarked before, I'm unashamedly tenor fixated and I really do like this website. In an attempt to keep this forum alive, I offer this little gem. Apart from Jim, who is on the same wavelength, no one else seems to be interested. The articles,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h33NTROee4 which I read with avid interest, are terriific but forum has lost its way. Perhaps it's the lateness of the hour coupled with an infusion of 'The Famous Grouse' but here is a voice which deserves to be heard:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h33NTROee4

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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 14 Apr 2018, 00:33

Oh dear, I got it wrong - again. Blame it on 'The Famous Grouse' Not me !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h33NTROe
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Re: Unexpected gems

Postby Geoff » 14 Apr 2018, 00:36

Expletives !!!


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