Started by bhodges, April 24, 2007, 11:04:11 AM
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Quote from: Tsaraslondon on May 21, 2023, 01:20:10 AMThe late lamented Lorraine Hunt Lieberson had a superb gift for communication that makes you feel she is singing directly to you.This recording, using modern instruments, was made shortly after Hunt Lieberson had appeared in performances, specially staged for her by Peter Sellars. The performance of Ich habe genug took on special poignancy as she was at that time fighting the cancer that would kill her a few years later. Sellars had her singing in a hospital gown, trailing life support equipment after her, which she ripped aside for the final Ich freue mich auf dem Tod.A wonderful disc.
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on May 29, 2023, 12:37:36 AMI was less impressed with this recital this time than I was when I reviewed it in my blog a couple of years ago. The playing of Les Talens Lyriques under Christope Rousset is really wonderful and contribute greatly to its success, but, and this could be because of I've beem listening recently to so many recitals by older singers recently, I was more aware of some of Piau's 'early music' mannerisms; the tendency to use what John Steane once called the squeeze-box method of stressing individual notes, thus impeding a proper legato and also a tendency to slightly aspirate her runs. She is nowhere near as bad as Bartoli in this respect, but there's still a hint of it and I don't lke it. Shock! Horror! I enjoyed Fleming's Handel recital, which I listened to just a few weeks ago, much more.There's no doubting she has a beautiful voice, nor her dramatic commitment to the music, but the mannerisms got in the way this time round.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 29, 2023, 10:11:25 AMSorry to hear that as I've greatly enjoyed her recordings (the few that I have--including this one). I know that I have another one with her and Mingardo and I want to say at least one complete opera with her in it (would have to do some digging around to remind me which other ones I have of hers). PD
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on May 30, 2023, 12:45:41 AMNot too much overlap here. I reviewed the Verdi disc a couple of years ago on my blog. There is no doubt Ponselle was one of the greats of the pre WWII era.
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