Another thread hijacked on the altar of youtube clips.
Agreed, let's not turn this into another "post a YouTube clip everyday" thread.
From my perspective an album cover doesn't start a discussion since looking at it doesn't offer anything to listen to. If I have to find the song on YouTube or elsewhere for every post - I won't bother.They're fine in the "What are you listening to now threads" but what happens in other threads is that they put an end to any serious discussion.
In English, I'm a big fan of the songs of American composer Ned Rorem, one of the last living students of Nadia Boulanger.Hello! I'm new here (even though I read the forum before registering and used the recommendations to find new music).
Here are some of my favourite classical songs:
1. Oskar Merikanto - Laula tyttö
2. Jaakko Tokola - Sinua muistan
3. Denys Sičynśkyj - Ne spivajte meni toji pisni
4. Mykola Lysenko - Ajstry / Asters
You can find it in the app called UL Classic. There are some recordings on YouTube too, but I don't like them.
5. Leslie Crabtree - Evening song
6. Jean Luc Guyard - Ce que je verrai bientôt pour la première fois
7. Gérard Croissant - Mon chant d'aujourd'hui
8. Gérard Croissant - Vivre d'amour
9. Galadriel's song of Eldamar - Tolkien wrote the lyrics, don't know the composer
Some of them are sung in a non-classical way, but they're still composed by a classical composer (that's what makes me love them even more, honestly, cause I can clearly hear and understand the lyrics).
I prefer male singers when it comes to classical singing (or when women don't sing way too high - it makes lyrics less understandable, you cannot hear what they're saying if it's very high).
I don't like coloratura style.
I don't listen to opera, because:
1. I don't speak any of the most common opera languages.
2. The stories are boring to me.
3. The lyrics aren't as good.
I especially dislike the most showy arias. I like when the music comes from the heart, expresses deep emotions. Showiness stands in the way, instead of making you enjoy the beauty and think about the meaning of the song, the impressive songs just draw your attention to the difficulty of singing it. It's as if the singer tells you: "Look at how cool I am!" instead of: "Look at how nice this song is!" I think it's a wrong approach (although your opinion might be different, you may look for something else in music than I do).
For me the lyrics are as important as the music, I like understanding them and enjoying them. I like lyrics to be meaningful and beautiful. I rarely listen to songs in languages I don't know, especially if the translation is not available. Even if there's a translation, I feel like something is inevitably lost in translation.
The Finnish songs I posted are exceptions, cause I really like them (and I do understand a little bit of Finnish).
I'm trying to learn French at the moment, that's why I listen to some French songs.
If I recall some other songs I'll add them. I don't know many.
Which songs could you recommend in English, Spanish, Slavic languages or Finnish, Estonian?
Yes, and Butterworth's "A Shropshire Lad"So German and French songs are not asked for.
Some English/American songs and song cycles very much worth hearing (imho):
Warlock - The Curlew
Britten - Winter Words (also his other songs and cycles)
Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock edge (also Songs of travel)
Barber - Knoxville Summer of 1915 (also Dover Beach)