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Subject: Re: Another announcer - David Elliott (WHRB Boston)
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:34:12 -0500
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I don't know what the opposite of sound sissy may be, but it's what
I've always been.   All recorded music, as such, seems rapidly to
be coming a thing of the past anyway.  What, exactly, is a "record"
now?

dtmk

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 10:21 AM, Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I could not agree more, and I like the “sound sissy” term - these people
> lack imagination.
>
> We could have had sound recordings much earlier then 1877 - but Edison took
> a break to perfect the electric light.
>
> Much earlier all the technical necessities were present: spring motors
> (clocks), the ability to attach a cutting stylus to a diaphragm, and a
> medium to capture the vibrations. We could have known what Jennie Lind
> sounded like, as well as the great castrati.
>
> One who has not listened to these relics has an incomplete education about
> singing.
>
> Sent from Astro <https://www.helloastro.com> for iOS
>
>
> On Feb 13, 2018 at 10:11 AM, Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>
> According to information posted on the internet and just accessed, David
> Elliott is a Harvard class of 1964 graduate, which makes him 76 or in his
> 76th year.
> He apparently realizes that the vintage recordings he plays have a value
> beyond being merely "scratchy recordings with faded voices." The earliest
> recordings take the listener back 160 years to the mid-19th century, an
> extraordinary bridge back into the past, and besides allowing us to hear
> the
> beaux restes of the voices of some legendary singers, also document singing
> styles and performance practices. Wouldn't you be willing to accept a bit
> of
> surface scratch to hear a faded voice when the voice is that of for
> example,
> such a legendary and tremendously important singer as Adelina Patti
> (1843-1919, recorded December 1905 and June 1906), the most acclaimed
> singer
> of her time, who had an international career up and running in the 1860s
> and
> was the admired friend of among others Rossini and Verdi? And reportedly
> her
> recording of Norma "Casta diva" incorporates ornamentation sung by the
> first
> Norma, Giuditta Pasta, which Patti had learned directly from Maurice
> Strakosch, who had accompanied Pasta in that music in the 1830s/1840s. I
> know that there are many listeners and opera lovers who can't bear the
> sound
> of old recordings – the "sound sissies" (I know, name calling, how not very
> adult) – but that simply is an attitude I cannot understand given all the
> history and beautiful singing contained in all those recordings, from the
> earliest (even the aged Patti) right on up through Leider, Gigli and all
> the
> many others leading into the 1940s.
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "A Katalin Mitchell" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:00 AM
> Subject: Re: Another announcer - David Elliott (WHRB Boston)
>
>
> Another important detail about David Elliot... if you like the programming
> he provides after the opera, it will no longer be on the air once he is
> gone
> There is nobody in all of Cambridge, much less at Harvard Radio, who has
> his
> enormous knowledge and interest in artists of the past, or even opera for
> that matter. All those scratchy recordings with faded voices that he plays
> may drive me batty (yesterday I could not even bear to tune in, I wanted to
> keep those marvelous voices in my mind) but it is such an instructive and
> wonderful program, and gorgeous once he gets into the 40s and 50s of
> course.
> K
>
>
> On 2/11/18, 8:45 AM, "A Katalin Mitchell" <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> Yes, I am quite sure he had a stroke. He is also old, I have met him 10
> years ago and he already looked like someone in his mid 70s. He
> practically owns the station (it’s a joke - he has run the classical
> programming for almost half a century), so he will be on the air as long as
> he feels like he is up to it. None of the young folk in charge of WHRB
> would dare to ask him to step down.
> And I am sure it gives him great pleasure to do it, even if it sounds
> effortful.
> K
>
>
>
> Katalin Mitchell
> Press and Media Relations Representative
> Commonwealth Shakespeare Company/BabsonARTS
> 231 Forest Street / Sorenson Center / Wellesley, MA 02457
> FEAR AND MISERY IN THE THIRD REICH | DEATH AND THE MAIDEN | OLD MONEY |
> MACBETH | RICHARD III on the Boston Common
>
> On 2/10/18, 11:23 PM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf
> of Jon Goldberg" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> As long as we're talking opera/classical announcers - does anyone
> know what has happened
> to the fantastic David Elliott on WHRB? He does a lead-in to the Met
> every Saturday, plus an
> extensive and always great "post vocal program" after the Met
> broadcast.
>
> But all this season, he's been very uncomfortable to listen to. With
> my limited knowledge of
> medical issues, it sounds like he has possibly had a stroke. His
> words slur, he speaks slower,
> and talking just sounds difficult for him - yet he bravely soldiers
> on. But nothing, to my
> knowledge, has been said about it - I don't believe he has, and I
> don't believe the station
> has. I keep wanting to email the station to ask something, but I
> also feel uncomfortable
> doing *that*. (Even typing this message is a bit awkward for me. I
> just don't want to pry -
> and yet I hope maybe someone knows what has happened.)
>
> It's to the point where I just don't listen to his time on the air
> anymore - and I used to love
> that post-Met time. It's very hard to hear him struggle, especially
> when it seems no one is
> being upfront about his condition.
>
> I want to wish him the best (and really I do), but I also wonder if
> it's time for him to pass
> on the torch?
>
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