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Subject: Caruso's Trill (was Re: BEWARE of CD "The Lost Art of the Trill")
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:00:21 -0500

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Hi Max

I'm with you on Nelie Melba. She is far from my favorite singer, showing
very little affinity for the dramatic aspects of singing, but she had some
technical skills matched by very few, a spectacularly separated and
pitched trill among them

Frank Drake, whose passing was lamented by a number of us two weekd
ago, and I, agreed in private correspondence that her top C in the Caruso
"O Soave Fanciulla" was the most perfectly placed and floated tone we had
ever heard. Famous singers become famous for good reasons!


On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:

> Bob Rideout wrote:
> "It's documented on Google, and there are 29 selections, not one from
> the LP era. No Callas, Sills or Sutherland, which is kind of silly.
> Pol Plancon, Schumann Heink, Ponselle with two,Tiana Lemnitz, whom
> I have never associated with a great trill, Selma Kurz, of course, Josef
> Schmidt, Leon Escalais, and Marcella Sembrich are among the luminaries."
> Thank you for that Google recommendation.  I found a listing, and while I
> would not argue
> with any of the singers included, I would question what to me is a glaring
> omission: Nellie
> Melba, whose trill was one of the very best ever.  If space were reason
> for the omission, I
> think we could have done with just one of either Kurtz or Ponselle.  Of
> the latter, I think the
> Ernani trill is the most spectacular, although the Trovatore aria trills
> show how deftly she
> could insert them in the vocal line.
> Incidentally, the high proportion of French males with great trills is
> something that has
> always struck me about French vocal pedagogy of that time.  The men
> trilled as easily and
> expertly as the women.  Obviously, it was something that was just expected
> as part of vocal
> training in France.  In Italy, not so much.
> Max

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