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Round One: Le Cid: O souverain, o juge. Marcelin and Herold

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Le Cid: O souverain, o juge · Emile Marcelin
Le Cid: Ô souverain! ô juge! ô père! (Recorded 1908) Herold
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Marcelin's power impresses me, but that nasality is killer. He's one of the only singers I've ever heard who actually, truly sings nasally, even on oral vowels.

Herold is interesting! I had never heard him at all before now. He sounds like early Jussi in a lot of ways! On first listen, he doesn't seem too keen on legato. I'll have to check him out more.

Just for the record, Franz and Escalaïs have outstanding versions of this aria.
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