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    Two of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century were born in the same city, Barcelona.

    We can listen here to Victoria de los Angeles and Montserrat Caballé singing a beautiful song by a composer, born in Barcelona too, Frederic Mompou, Damunt de tu, només les flors:




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    "S'altro che lagrime" - Sylvia McNair, soprano

    I'm can't get enough of this aria. I just started learning it. Mozart, you never cease to humble or amaze me! I think McNair is just sublime here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgana View Post
    "S'altro che lagrime" - Sylvia McNair, soprano

    I'm can't get enough of this aria. I just started learning it. Mozart, you never cease to humble or amaze me! I think McNair is just sublime here.
    Hi Morgana
    Welcome to the forum

    Maybe you can answer a question for me, seeing as you are obviously a singer.

    I often read that Mozart is very difficult to sing because it is "so exposed". What does that mean? I mean I can hear that there is not a lot of fancy stuff going on in the clip you posted, no showy effects, you need to sing a lovely legato line with great intonation. Is that what is meant?
    Natalie

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    Hi Natalie!

    Thanks for the welcome.

    I'm an avocational classical singer. I studied singing in my early twenties, stopped for about 12 years and resumed studying just recently. I'm a light soprano in my thirties.

    I think what people mean when they say that singing Mozart is difficult because it leaves the voice exposed is just what you articulated in your post. Mozart's melodies tend to be rather simple and pure. Even his more florid pieces (with a lot of coloratura and fireworks) tend to maintain that very streamlined, classical purity. The orchestration also tends to be light so there isn't a whole lot going on in the background to support the voice. There is very little to hide behind. His pieces also call for a very clean style; no unmannerly scooping or sliding.

    I think Mozart is an absolutely fantastic composer for singers. Yes, the voice is exposed but he knew how to write for the voice. One famous soprano said that singing Mozart was like "balm" for her voice. And since the orchestration is not terribly big, he's often a great choice for young singers because when we're younger our voices tend to be lighter. (Not all of his pieces; some of his arias would not be appropriate at all for a young voice but there are many that are.) There is a very wide range of technical difficulty among Mozart's pieces so he's the kind of composer that a singer can grow with as he/she develops. Hope this helps. But I think you were right on the money with your assessment.

    schigolch, that is a lovely piece. Very haunting. Both ladies are amazing, of course, but I really love Caballe's rendition.
    Last edited by Morgana; Oct-02-2011 at 01:26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgana View Post
    Hope this helps.
    Certainly does, thanks a lot, Morgana
    Last edited by mamascarlatti; Oct-02-2011 at 05:44.
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    I've been listening to contralto Nathalie Stutzmann this morning. She sounds so otherworldly here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgana View Post
    I'm can't get enough of this aria. I just started learning it. Mozart, you never cease to humble or amaze me! I think McNair is just sublime here.
    Morgana, welcome and thanks for sharing. La Clemenza di Tito is one of my favorite Mozart operas because of gems like this.

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    Wow, incredibly rare video of Natalie Dessay's first professional recording. She's 24 (and had only started with professional instruction 3 years previous) but looks about 16

    -Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Wow, incredibly rare video of Natalie Dessay's first professional recording. She's 24 (and had only started with professional instruction 3 years previous) but looks about 16
    That's beautiful, thanks Ian
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    Wow. Just wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    Wow. Just wow.
    Incredible! Thanks, Aksel.

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    A bit of light relief, perhaps, but it hits the spot, I think.


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    A nice one of Jennifer Larmore as Juno on French TV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVMFeNNbUKs


    However, she will always be Caesar to me


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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Wow, incredibly rare video of Natalie Dessay's first professional recording. She's 24 (and had only started with professional instruction 3 years previous) but looks about 16

    Very beautiful, Ian, what a pure voice!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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