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Subject: Re: Bryn Terfel (was Faust)
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:36:08 +0000

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Hi David

I was at an early Carnege Hall recital that was truly memorabe
and ended with one of the great moments of my musical life -
the Flanders/Swann "Hippopotamus Song". I'm not sure who
had more fun, he or the audience. His ability to connect across
the footlights was remarkable.


On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:10 David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Apropos Bob's comment, since I heard and was bowled over by his American
> recital debut at Ravinia (I won't name his accompanist on that occasion) I
> have followed Bryn Terfel's career with interest until it became too
> painful
> to listen.  So I haven't heard him recently, but I did at one point reach
> the perhaps strange conclusion that aside from Mozart he never really had
> an
> operatic voice at all.  He could have been one of the greatest Lieder
> singers ever, except that he had no interest in that and, of course, you
> can't make a living in such a career today.  Despite his size there was a
> certain fragile tenderness in the sound, which he could exploit very
> successfully in the song repertoire, but which I think his opera singing
> destroyed.  A great shame.
> David Kubiak
> On Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:38:30 +0000, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >Either that or he realizes he no longer has any bargaining chips.
> >Have you heard him recently?
> >

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