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Subject: Re: Bryn Terfel (was Faust)
From: Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:37:46 -0800
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Oh yes,  That was  one of the most memorable recitals of that era.

Terfel and Sam Ramey were masters at turning their recital audiences 
into happy  putty.

Hampson tried  but couldn't do it.

Estelle



On 12/8/2017 9:36 AM, Bob Rideout wrote:
> 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.
>
> Bob
>
> 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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