Cecilia Bartoli: “Agitata da due venti” *HD*
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Agitata da due Venti

24. May 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: Singing · Tags:

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Bob Dylan ain’t talkin’, just walkin’ down this thing called life and today is one of his milestones.

We aren’t sure how he is celebrating, but the internet is showing him a bunch of love Tuesday in honor of his 75th birthday. [More]

The Beatles’ former press officer, who coined the term ‘The Fab Four’ to describe the band, has died.

Tony Barrow represented the band between 1962 and 1968 and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums, as well as the strip cartoon for the Magical Mystery Tour booklet.

Mr Barrow died on Saturday night, aged 80, at his home in Morecambe.

He had also represented other Merseybeat acts such as Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black. [More]

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From an article in the LA Times:

Barbra Streisand just turned 74, which may make her a grande dame to the generation in which she came of age and quite possibly a relic to a generation of millennials who may scarcely know her, except possibly as their grandparents’ Adele.

That is not an unfair comparison. You could say that Adele is the Streisand of our time, a performer who has the same stratospheric vocal talent Streisand has and draws on many of the same emotional wellsprings as Streisand. But one of the most notable things about Streisand is that there never was anyone like Streisand before Streisand. She arrived sui generis and rapidly proceeded to change entertainment as few performers ever have. [More]

21. April 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: Singing · Tags:

Saddened this morning to read of Prince’s passing.

Purple Rain

UPDATE: “Remembering a Minnesota Icon.” Star Tribune (1 May 2016).

Fox News Science has an interesting article about a scientific study done on Freddy Mercury’s voice published in the journal Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology.

This beautiful German lied was composed by Carl Bohm. Singing in the video is tenor Fritz Wunderlich with the Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, conducted by Hans Carste. (München, 04.I.1965.)

The next video is of German soprano Nicole Eickmann.

Sheet music available here.

An awesome video of Enrico Caruso singing “Santa Lucia.” Sheet music is available here.

Then of course, there’s tenor Mario Lanza.

And for fun, there’s Elvis Presley.

Paul_GeorgeMartin_MainNewsI’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

It’s hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song ‘Yesterday’ to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After I had done this George Martin said to me, “Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record”. I said, “Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don’t think it’s a good idea”.  With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, “Let us try it and if it doesn’t work we won’t use it and we’ll go with your solo version”.  I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.

Read More: Paul McCartney on George Martin

“Nel cor più non mi sento” is another standard from the beginning singer’s 24 Italian Songs and Arias. It was composed by Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816) for his opera La Molinara (1788). Paisiello is also known for his opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which later was eclipsed by Rossini’s version.

Below is tenor Luciano Pavarotti singing “Nel cor più non mi sento” in October of 1989 with Leone Magiera on piano.

This version is sung by Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in a performance in Moscow in 1991.

For sheet music (key of F) see also Art Song Central.