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    What vocal music have you been listening to, lately?

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    I feel like I have just come from a vast, dark and cold space. I may return here one day in the future but for now, respectfully this one is placed at the back of the tea cabinet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I feel like I have just come from a vast, dark and cold space. I may return here one day in the future but for now, respectfully this one is placed at the back of the tea cabinet.
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    Well I think Requiems are SUPPOSED to have a rather sobering effect....the Grim Reaper, and all that, y'know.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Well I think Requiems are SUPPOSED to have a rather sobering effect....the Grim Reaper, and all that, y'know.
    That's all well and good, but I prefer my requiems livened with some dirty jokes and a slip on a banana peel every now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    That's all well and good, but I prefer my requiems livened with some dirty jokes and a slip on a banana peel every now and then.
    Can't take him anywhere!
    Natalie

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    The second time listening to disc 1 and the first time listening all the way through both discs... and I quite enjoyed what I heard... but then I have been a long-time fan of Jake Heggie, who is almost certainly Ned Rorem's heir to the title of the great composer of American "art song".
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    Congress .. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

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    Cecilia Bartoli has long been one of my favorite singers. Not only do I love her rich mezzo voice (many of my favorite singers are mezzos) but I find her an incredibly intelligent singer... discovering and/or promoting marvelous works and composers outside of the core repertoire who are worthy of her attention. Steffani's Stabat Mater certainly numbers among such.

    On the slightly comic side... I discovered not long after first getting this recording that I already had a recording... and a damn fine one at that... of Steffani's Stabat Mater:



    I suspect that I was so much more enthralled with Handel's Dixit Dominus that I wholly forgot the Steffani.

    Oh well... another version... with Bartoli... will never hurt.
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    Waiting in the wings... another Bartoli disc:



    But my God... this one must surely have one of the worst ever covers in classical music... even worse than her Sacrificium disc:



    Indeed... this cover is even worse... (Dare I say it?)... than Anna's "scary Medusa lady" cover:

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    Natalie

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    With Christmas about a month away, I've started listening to my various recordings of Messiah. This one with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society is a classic, and my favorite overall. The aria, "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming," is sung by the bass, not the alto soloist -- as it should be, at least according to the vocal score published by G. Schirmer, Inc., and edited by T. Tertius Noble (copyrighted 1912!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Jesus, this deserves to be in the not-so-good covers thead.

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    Any cover graced with Jonas Kaufmann's likeness is by definition good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    With Christmas about a month away, I've started listening to my various recordings of Messiah. This one with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society is a classic, and my favorite overall. The aria, "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming," is sung by the bass, not the alto soloist -- as it should be, at least according to the vocal score published by G. Schirmer, Inc., and edited by T. Tertius Noble (copyrighted 1912!).
    I hate to admit that I don't have a Messiah recording. I will correct this oversight this morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I hate to admit that I don't have a Messiah recording. I will correct this oversight this morning!
    Ok, done (thanks be to MP3s). An old classic:


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