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Subject: Re: Guitan's comments on Victoria de los Angeles
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:30:23 -0500
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Somewhere, Gerald Moore is quoted as saying that de los Angeles' voice is
the most beautiful one he'd ever heard.

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I was shocked and astonished at the observations made by Walter Guitan
> regarding Victoria de los Angeles, one of the greatest vocal artists of the
> last century.  To my ear, her voice was truly beautiful and one "kissed by
> the Spanish sunshine".  She bonded beautifully with French Opera, and she
> forged a great bond with certain Italian roles.
>      While it is true that by the end of the 1950s, the uppermost notes had
> receded, the voice and artistry remained in a class by themselves.  She
> sang
> in German, French, Italian, and of course Spanish.  It is as a recitalist
> that she is best remembered and cherished -- and I saw her in many live
> ones
> that will forever remain green in my memory,  A de los Angeles recital was
> always a special treat.  She's left an incredible legacy in sound on EMI
>      Why does Mr. Guitan write such vicious things about such a great
> artist?  I've never encountered any professional critic speak of de los
> Angeles this way.  He has built his own personal shrine to Tebaldi, and
> refuses to acknowledge that there were many arts far superior to Tebaldi,
> especially in the world of art songs and lieder, melodies, and Spanish song
> literature from the Renaissance to Nin, Granados, Valaverde, Toldra, and de
> Falla.
>       The vocal problems Mr Guitan emphasizes are, to me anyway, amounts to
> nothing less than sour grapes.  What a pity that his tunnel vision prevents
> him from enjoying a plethora of artists.
>       Would also like to put in a good word for the sublime Gerard Souzay,
> another enormous gem of the song rectal format.
>        Surely I am surprised that no one else has brought this up.  de los
> Angeles brought much joy in her career, and to have Mr. Guitan so viciously
> diss it is to disrespect a supreme vocal artist.  She gave so much, and how
> I lovv
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