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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #260 on: April 02, 2016, 09:15:26 AM »
Ritter, Thanks for that link. I agree, as good as I have heard with superb breath control. She made it sound as though it had been no effort for her. The art that hides art.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #261 on: May 03, 2016, 06:26:41 AM »
To my dismay, a search for Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon on GMG did not returned any results !!
Here are two recitals, which have been prepared and performed with great care in a repertoire which I think fits each of them best.   Their natural talent comes across beautifully in these recordings.
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #262 on: May 03, 2016, 07:01:49 PM »
To my dismay, a search for Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon on GMG did not returned any results !!
Here are two recitals, which have been prepared and performed with great care in a repertoire which I think fits each of them best.   Their natural talent comes across beautifully in these recordings.

I have a few CDs from both (admittedly,  I have neither of the ones you point to).  I seem to recall they did a CD together.  Both leave me a bit cold.  Villazon has the technique, but somehow....

The one I like best from him is, of all things, the Monteverdi CD with Emmanuelle Haim and various other singers, Combattimento.

For her, I would point out her Traviata recording.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #263 on: May 03, 2016, 10:43:05 PM »
To my dismay, a search for Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon on GMG did not returned any results !!
Here are two recitals, which have been prepared and performed with great care in a repertoire which I think fits each of them best.   Their natural talent comes across beautifully in these recordings.

There are 67 hits for Netrebko. I knew there had to be some because I have written about her. She is not a favourite of mine, but the disc you have shown is I think her best recital disc. Her voice is quite dark and the Russian music fits it like a glove. I saw her Traviata on DVD and thought the whole production, with both singers, was excellent. But rather oddly, the climax takes place at the Act II party;  so shattering that it overshadowed the death scene.

I got all eager about her recent Verdi disc that includes the Macbeth arias. But on closer listening, although the intensions were good, the notes were not all there, the technique careless. I saw her live as Guilda some years ago and thought that her dark timbre worked against the character. To my ears she sounds often like a pushed up mezzo. In the last week she has suddenly cancelled appearing as Norma at Covent Garden in a new production designed around her. However, it was before the tickets went on sale and the top prices have now fallen considerably with the replacement singer. I am not criticising her for this, but it is not the first time she has done exactly this.

For Villazon I found 49 hits, I imagine the search engine was having a bad day when you searched. Again, having mentioned him, I knew there had to be something. I think he is as marvellous as Netrebko in that Vienna Traviata. I also very much like him in Don Carlos. I recall one critic as saying that in that production he acts mainly with his eyebrows and thought that was completely unjust. He has been recording some Mozart and it is OK, but he sounds effortful as against what I think of as a classic Mozart singer. My opinion is that he took on parts a bit too heavy and has compromised his voice. He went through a period of real difficulties and since then, on recovery, he has been doing more Mozart, less Verdi. I like him, his singing and persona comes across as very honest. But I don't find him individual in the way I like when I look for recital discs. I prefer watching and hearing him rather than just hearing him, when the problems in the voice come under closer scrutiny.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #264 on: May 03, 2016, 11:31:50 PM »
Benjamin Appl Baritone, James Baikieu piano: Songs to the words of Heine. Champs Hill Records

Greig, Rubinstein, Schubert, Mendelssohn, (brother and sister), Schumann

This is a debut disc of what I think is an unusually talented young singer. I first heard him a few months ago on radio in the car and had to look up who it was when I got home. I have followed his broadcasts since then. He is one of the BBCs Young Artists, so gets some very useful exposure. He recently sang Mahler songs in a live concert, very, very fine.

So I urge folk to get this disc and watch this singer's career.

The disc is absolutley terrific. It consists of three groups of songs, one by Rubinstein then four songs from Schwanengesang, surrounded by the other composers mentioned until the latter part of the disc which consists of a complete warmly ardent Dichterliebe. Only one short poem is explored twice. This is the kind of recital I go for, some songs I don't know and some well known to me. On this disc the Fanny Mendelssohn and Rubinstein were unfamiliar.

My ear was especially caught by the third in the Rubinstein set. Es war ein alter König is a short matter-of-fact poem about an old king, a young wife, her equally young page and the obviously necessary deaths of the young lovers. This becomes a chilling little masterpiece of economical story telling. Appl really tells the story in a way that sounds like natural speech rhythms. The pianist provides a hushed, grief laden accompaniment. It is quite shattering. This is a good illustration of how well they work together.

They scale the heights of Schubert's Die Stadt, again hand in hand creating atmosphere and word painting. The concentration and focus is almost palpable. I think Der Atlas yields to more weight, but my favourite version of this might be thought to be vulgar and crude, which is never part of this singer's makeup. His approach is direct, open and he looks for the narritave, imprinting words and using the drama where appropriate. There is nothing bland.

The wonderful Mendelssohn Neue Liebe flies past sounding like an extract of Midsummer Night's Dream, then the melting payoff. The Schumann is simply beautiful. No wonder the singer received rave reviews as a late substitute at a recent Wigmore Hall recital.

I have made this review long enough and you catch my drift....This singer has a warm light brown voice whch he can darken. Every word is clear, yet integrated within the legato lines. And he does not sound like an imitation of Fischer Dieskau. He is not in anyone's shadow. I hope for more discs, many more.

Listen for yourselves.....

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #265 on: May 04, 2016, 06:06:02 AM »
Jonas Kaufman is another favorite of opera houses, which is not in the "favorite recital".  As Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon he has been singing too much for his own good.  I am not terribly fond of him in the italian repertoire, but in Wagner, he really brings german romanticism back to life.  This particular recording has a transcription of the Wiesendonck lieders for tenor.

Mike: I keep getting less hits with the search engine than you do.  Global moderators must have special privileges !!
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #266 on: May 04, 2016, 06:22:46 AM »
Benjamin Appl Baritone, James Baikieu piano: Songs to the words of Heine. Champs Hill Records

Greig, Rubinstein, Schubert, Mendelssohn, (brother and sister), Schumann

This is a debut disc of what I think is an unusually talented young singer.

I'll follow him but will wait for his second CD:  I have already quite a few recordings of the Dichterliebe -Fisher Dieskau- and -Nathalie Stutzmann- (mezzo).

Thanks for pointing him out to us.
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #267 on: May 04, 2016, 07:11:44 AM »
Jonas Kaufman is another favorite of opera houses, which is not in the "favorite recital".  As Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon he has been singing too much for his own good.  I am not terribly fond of him in the italian repertoire, but in Wagner, he really brings german romanticism back to life.  This particular recording has a transcription of the Wiesendonck lieders for tenor.

Mike: I keep getting less hits with the search engine than you do.  Global moderators must have special privilages.

You are definately having a hard time. I have written quite often about his discs, including on this thread. You may have missed him as you have left a letter off his name when you typed up your post. I found my posts, about a dozen of them, via the search engine.

As to Appl, I hope there will be lots of discs. I have been reading through reviews of his concert work, they are glowing and I was happy to see that my opinion was not at all out of line.

Cheers,

Mike
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #269 on: September 14, 2016, 07:47:27 AM »
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #270 on: September 14, 2016, 08:28:35 AM »
Otis, A favourite singer of mine. I have the set and ust about everything she has recorded. Can you tell us what you especially like about her singing and what best suits her?

And welcome.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #271 on: September 14, 2016, 01:17:52 PM »
Sorry, I didn't realize that the title of the thread was "Favorite vocal recitals", and I was just posting the CD I was happening to listen.  :-[

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #272 on: September 14, 2016, 01:38:14 PM »
Well, the box is chock full of vocal music, don't worry about it. Recital can mean a planned disc, compilations etc. But it would be good to learn what you liked or did not like about what you have heard.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #273 on: April 21, 2017, 08:44:36 AM »
Benjamin Appl Baritone, James Baikieu piano: Songs to the words of Heine. Champs Hill Records

Greig, Rubinstein, Schubert, Mendelssohn, (brother and sister), Schumann

This is a debut disc of what I think is an unusually talented young singer. I first heard him a few months ago on radio in the car and had to look up who it was when I got home. I have followed his broadcasts since then. He is one of the BBCs Young Artists, so gets some very useful exposure. He recently sang Mahler songs in a live concert, very, very fine.

So I urge folk to get this disc and watch this singer's career.

The disc is absolutley terrific. It consists of three groups of songs, one by Rubinstein then four songs from Schwanengesang, surrounded by the other composers mentioned until the latter part of the disc which consists of a complete warmly ardent Dichterliebe. Only one short poem is explored twice. This is the kind of recital I go for, some songs I don't know and some well known to me. On this disc the Fanny Mendelssohn and Rubinstein were unfamiliar.

My ear was especially caught by the third in the Rubinstein set. Es war ein alter König is a short matter-of-fact poem about an old king, a young wife, her equally young page and the obviously necessary deaths of the young lovers. This becomes a chilling little masterpiece of economical story telling. Appl really tells the story in a way that sounds like natural speech rhythms. The pianist provides a hushed, grief laden accompaniment. It is quite shattering. This is a good illustration of how well they work together.

They scale the heights of Schubert's Die Stadt, again hand in hand creating atmosphere and word painting. The concentration and focus is almost palpable. I think Der Atlas yields to more weight, but my favourite version of this might be thought to be vulgar and crude, which is never part of this singer's makeup. His approach is direct, open and he looks for the narritave, imprinting words and using the drama where appropriate. There is nothing bland.

The wonderful Mendelssohn Neue Liebe flies past sounding like an extract of Midsummer Night's Dream, then the melting payoff. The Schumann is simply beautiful. No wonder the singer received rave reviews as a late substitute at a recent Wigmore Hall recital.

I have made this review long enough and you catch my drift....This singer has a warm light brown voice whch he can darken. Every word is clear, yet integrated within the legato lines. And he does not sound like an imitation of Fischer Dieskau. He is not in anyone's shadow. I hope for more discs, many more.

Listen for yourselves.....

      http://www.benjaminappl.com/Benjamin_Appl_Baritone/CD_RELEASE_STUNDEN_TAGE_EWIGKEITEN.html   
Mike
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He is a light barytone almost tenor.  Maybe not yet at Wunderlisch level, but it is all around an excellent album.  The first half is devoted to classical german lieders of Brahms, Schubert, Strauss.  The second half has some british repertoire, a Poulenc (does not suits him).  He has a natural voice which he uses with economy of means.  It is devoid of any "affected" intonation that some singers use and abuse.





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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #274 on: April 21, 2017, 10:21:55 AM »
Spineur, Glad to know that you enjoy his new disc. I have it and do like the homeland concept and the way it has been put together, though Home Sweet Home is not a song I would ever look for. The RVW Silent Noon is especially fine within the English songs, Appl captures the stillness of the heady summer day described in it.

It is a voice that sounds suited to Mozart, Handel and Bach, he has recorded some Telemann as part of a quartet of soloists in a cantata. He also has a live Wigore recital available. I look forward to his voice becoming more mature and possibly a little richer. But he is already at the lead of his generation of lieder singers.

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