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Subject: Re: Rusalka Song to the Moon
From: francis augustus <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:francis augustus <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:02:25 +1100
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One more in English from the lovely Eileen Hannan, live ENO. 

https://youtu.be/zYwCkGCTsBY

JA (Sydney)


> On 28 Feb 2017, at 12:14 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Hooray for Youtube!
> 
> Hammond was singing in English?
> 
> Oh well, thanks for the heads-up, Charles; it led me to a flood of
> other versions of  the "Moon" song, especially the one I
> mentioned here the other day:  I was new to opera when I
> first heard the Elfride Trotschel recording, apparently taken from
> a complete RUSALKA.  Sung in German, it vividly repudiates the
> notion that that language somehow sounds less beautiful than
> others when sung.  I don't know if Czech has rolled "r"s, but the ones
> lavished on the text byTrotschel are delectable.  Her performance
> is expansive and relaxed, capturing the dreamy atmosphere of the
> scene to perfection.  Earlier in this discussion someone noted
> the absence of legato in that recent Met broadcast with Opolais,
> a soprano who could take lessons in it from this exquisite example.
> 
> dtmk
> 
> On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM, charles mintzer <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> Many years ago I read the memoir of Australian soprano Joan Hammond. A
>> touching anecdote she related is that she treasured a letter she received
>> from a British soldier who thanked her and said that her recording of “The
>> song to the Moon” was played over and over in his foxhole and it made the
>> travails of the war bearable. It is on youtube.
>> Charles Mintzer
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