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Quote from: Wendell_E on March 06, 2021, 05:40:14 AMWell, I doubt it really qualifies as a "favorite vocal recital", but I've always been curious about Sylvia Sass's pop/disco album. I just found the whole thing on youtube. I'm only to track three, "I don't know how to love him" from Jesus Christ Superstar.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCLxeWBxBLs
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 13, 2021, 06:41:18 AMThis entire recording:I had already listened to the various orchesterlieder from this recording but went back and listened to Vier Letzte Lieder and now playing through the recording again. What can I say that hasn't already been said before about this recording? Not much! Schwarzkopf has an individual feel for these works. In the Vier Letzte Lieder, the closest comparison I can make is Cheryl Studer not in terms of timbre, but the highly personal feeling she puts into the words that somehow transcend everything and make the music about Strauss and not herself. Szell's accompaniment, like Sinopoli's, is also on the same lines as Schwarzkopf --- a different perspective, but never about himself. Incredible music-making and the fidelity of this recording is first-rate --- the remastering sounds wonderful.
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 13, 2021, 06:55:36 AMI can add this recording to my favorite vocal recital list (cross-posted from 'Listening' thread):
QuoteIsolde: (In Italian), Isotta, December 1949; RAI Orchestra, Torino, cond. Arturo Basile.From the beginning, the voice rises, nostalgic and clear, slightly from the chest in the lowest reaches of the music, before deliberately engaging in 'bel canto'. Her gruppetti belong to the coloratura and the singer handles crescendi and effects with great care until she obtains bright G sharps, sorrowfully struck in the timbre. Tempo somewhat slowed down in the medium of the central part, last note less happy, even if held out for a long time. Lurid interpretation of a tragedian, projected audibly over the orchestra despite her youth. In fact, nearer to the character than has been admitted so far
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on May 14, 2021, 01:22:02 AMWith Strauss's soaringly gorgeous writing for the soprano voice, it is easy to forget that these are Lieder, not mere vocalises, and Strauss no doubt chose the various texts for a reason. I have quite a few different recordings, including two others by Schwarzkopf, but this is the one I always return to. Schwarzkopf can soar with the best of them, but she also brings her deep experience as a Lieder singer to the texts, which quite often go for nothing. In recent years, I've noticed how critics and contributors tend to prefer versions by such as Isokoski, Janowitz, Te Kanawa, who, however beautifully they sing, are much less specific in their response to the text. Even Jessye Norman, who sings another favourite version of mine, is more generalised in her interpretation of the words.
Quote from: JBS on June 21, 2021, 05:45:15 PMRe: Schwarzkopf recordings of Strauss's Four Last Songs.The new Warner set devoted to Dennis Brain includes a recording of Mrs. Legge singing the Four Last Songs with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Karajan. It's a live recording in mono from a June 20, 1956 London concert. Remastering dates are shown as 1990 and 2014, but the only CD release of this recording I can find seems is in the EMI Icon box devoted to Schwarzkopf. Does anyone know of any other CD issue?(It is not in the EMI Karajan Remastered set. Nor should it be confused with another recording she made with the Philharmonia conducted by Otto Ackerman.)
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on June 22, 2021, 01:57:29 AMIt was first issued by EMI in 1990 on this discand I see it is also in this 2014 boxIncidentally, I don't prefer it to either the Ackermann or the Szell studio recordings. Karajan changes the order of the songs, placing September last. It's also the fastest of the three performances.
Quote from: André on July 07, 2021, 11:58:49 AMExcellent recension, TL !I haven't heard Lieberson. Should remedy to that...
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on July 07, 2021, 11:01:36 AMAs some may have noticed, I have been having a concentrated spell of Berlioz listening.I finished off by listening to all ten of my recordings of his gorgeous song cycle Les Nuits d'Eté, which I then reviewed on my blog. You can read my conclusions by clicking on the following link, if you're interested.https://tsaraslondon.com/2021/07/07/berliozs-les-nuits-dete/
Quote from: Biffo on July 08, 2021, 02:30:41 AMThanks for your thoughtful review. I have most of the versions you review and could probably find things to argue with but not very much of significance. I enjoy the Davis multi-voice version more than you seem to have done though agree about Frank Patterson. Baker/Barbirolli and Davis/multi are the ones I have listened to most over the years (I have both on LP). I will have to look out the Hunt Lieberson recording.I heard the Baker/Giulini performance live; it was a bit on the slow side but still a wonderful experience.When the work was surveyed on BBC R3 Buiding a Library the top choice was Brigitte Balleys/Herreweghe. It is an interesting performance but I can't help thinking the reviewer was trying to be different in passing over the usual suspects.
Quote from: André on July 07, 2021, 11:58:49 AMI haven't heard Lieberson. Should remedy to that...
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