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    Gioachino Rossini - La donna del lago - "Mura felici" (Ewa Podles)


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    most modern contraltos sing with a kind of woofy, collapsed headvoice that sounds a bit like a counter tenor and have somewhat forced chest voices.

    one of my favorites is Marie Powers

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    Diana Ankudinova could be the one for the ages with her dramatic contralto and unique timbre. But she doesn't want to be an opera or a classical singer. Here's her, aged 14, performing a Russian folk song. She turns 18 on May 31.

    Диана Анкудинова - Реченька / Diana Ankudinova - Rechenka



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    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    Regrettably, having been born too late to have heard this great lady live, I have only recordings to site as reason for my admiration. That lady being Kathleen Ferrier. I have a few friends who are vocally trained and ridiculously knowledgeable re all aspects of singing…to my bemusement, none of them share my love of this great lady. They say her singing style is “so old school”. For me, she’s an angel. The tone, diction, roundness of the vowels. There’s such a generosity and warmth to her sound. Maybe it’s because she’s a Lancashire lass like me (well, lad), that I feel such a deep connection to her. Though I’m not entirely alone in my admiration. Bruno Walter said that the greatest joys of his life were to have known KF and Mahler…in that order! Elizabeth Swarzkopf too, (not known for her compliments to other singers), revered her artistry…. as a postscript, I would also offer for consideration Aafye Heynis. She is, for me, a close second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serge View Post
    Diana Ankudinova could be the one for the ages with her dramatic contralto and unique timbre. But she doesn't want to be an opera or a classical singer.
    A different take on the song:

    A capella style - Rechenka - Diana Ankudinova. HD isolation. / Диана Анкудинова - Реченька. А капелла.

    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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