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    Quote Originally Posted by Diminuendo View Post
    Ideale is one of my favorites. Tosti really had talent to spare. My favorite singers of it are probably Schipa, Gobbi and Di Stefano. All of whom get so much from the words. Although I have to say that Björling also does a fantastic version.

    If you are looking some diction tips listen some Schipa or Di Stefano. You all know how big a fan I'm of Di Stefano, but Schipa always amazes me. He has some limitations, but somehow they just don't matter. Whatever he sings just somehow feels perfect, if you take for example O Columbina from Pagliacci. Just two minutes of pure wonder. It's not very long and it doesn't have any showy stuff, but Schipa makes it sound like it's the best thing in the world.

    Schipa singing O Columbina.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea3Dp-UqTCA

    So here is Di Stefano from 1944 singing Ideale.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VapbY9PUACw

    While looking for Di Stefano's Ideale I ran in to this rendition of Core'n grato. In my opinion nobody sings this like Di Stefano. There are lots of different versions of him singing it live and in studio. He sings it in the correct mood. He caresses the words and really elevates an already great song even more. The heartbreak really comes through.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK-yM76Sc3A

    I'm not quite sure when this concert was because there are so many version of Pippo singing it in YouTube. Not on topic I know, but Woodduck's post got me excited. I thought to write just a small reply, but I guess I got a little carried away.
    No need to sell me on Schipa (see my avatar). He and Galli-Curci (in Larkenfield's post) are two of the most adorable singers in history. They apparently loved singing together and we can hear why:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSA9fn5G9YI

    Di Stefano sounded gorgeous in 1944. At the risk of being ungracious - and to pull the conversation back to the subject of portamento - his rendition of "Core 'ngrato" (obviously from later in his life) illustrates a variety of sliding which is NOT portamento!
    Last edited by Woodduck; Nov-04-2018 at 21:00.

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    I'm the first to admit that later on Di Stefano is far from what he was in his prime. The instincts and musicality is there, but the voice just can't do what it used to be able to do so magnificently. Well he had faults even in his prime, but I guess these makes him relatable to us ordinary mortals. Listening to Galli-Curci and Schipa singing together is a real feast for your ears. A superb singer singing alone can be beautiful beyond belief, but when two singers who just for a lack of a better word just click. One of my favorites is Ah! veglio, oh donna from Rigoletto. Gobbi starts it so perfectly and then Callas just effortlessly takes over.
    "First I sing loud. When I start to run out of breath I sing softer" Giuseppe Di Stefano on his Faust high c diminuendo

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