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Subject: Re: "Celeste Aida" High Note Compilation
From: daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:07:52 -0400
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An extremely knowledgeable friend about all things vocal once said to me: pianissimo is not a dynamic; it’s a color.


Donald
> On Oct 20, 2017, at 7:09 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> This is fun:
> 
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecZ24el7QSc
> 
> IMO Corelli wins, hands down, with his stunning trademark diminuendo.  
> 
> But what is interesting, to me, is that even though most of the tenors sing the high B-flat 
> forte, some (e.g., Pertile, Bjoerling and Nelepp) manage to still make it sound relatively 
> graceful, whereas others sound like they're either bursting a blood vessel (e.g., Baum) or 
> summoning the entire Egyptian army (e.g., Del Monaco).  Also, while the Bergonzi (live) 
> excerpt here has him singing the note forte, other live performances I've heard - e.g., the 
> 1963 and 1967 Met broadcasts - have him singing the note softly.  In 1967 the effect is 
> exquisite (if not quite perfect), so much so that there is blessed silence during the postlude 
> (perhaps the Met audience, not hearing the note bellowed, was too taken aback to clap). 
> Among contemporary tenors, Kaufmann on his Verdi recital sings the note piano - but then, 
> it is a studio effort, so who knows?  In any case, Kaufmann's is one of the most beautifully-
> sung versions of this aria I have ever heard.
> 
> A few of these are sung terribly flat.  Penno's sounds like it was transposed up to a B 
> (although maybe the tape speed is off).
> 
> Enjoy.
> 
> MDW
> 
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