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Bing Crosby And The Andrew Sisters, "Pistol Packin' Mama"
Remember this one, from way back when? I sure do.
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Miguel Aceves Mejía, "Malagueña Salerosa"
¡El rey del falsete! Entre las mejores interpretaciones que han habido jamás de esta canción clásica.
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Jackie Evancho Sings "O Mio Babbino Caro"
The beautiful little golden girl! One of our commentors informs me that Jackie was 10 when she recorded this! Mighty things come in small packages! I cannot begin to imagine how much good she has done for classical singing among the general populace. How many children have heard her sing, do you suppose? The full effect of such publicity cannot be calculated. If you missed Jackie's "America's Got Talent" debut, where she brought the house down with this aria, you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKhmFSV-XB0
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Véronique Gens, "Claire de Lune," op. 46, No. 2, Paul Verlaine
Frrench soprano Véronique Gens (1966-) has made a very fine reputation for herself, primarily in the baroque and art song repertoire.
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Léopold Simoneau Sings "Je crois entendre encore" From Bizet's Pearl Fishers
The brilliant French-Canadian tenor Léopold Simoneau (1916-2006) lends his beautiful voice to this classic and greatly-loved aria.
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Joseph Schmidt Sings 'Heut' ist Der Schönste Tag In Meinem Leben"
"Today's the Happiest Day of My Life." A light-hearted composition by Hans May, from an old German film from 1936. This is an MP3 download, taken from an album of Schmidt songs. I thought it would be nice to post a happy and cheerful song by Schmidt, whose tragic life was not to have much more lightheartedness or happiness after this. This recording is ample evidence of the extreme ease with which Schmidt produced his top notes.
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Ettore Bastianini, "Eri tu che macchiavi,"   Masked Ball
For Father Cornelius Mattei. The great baritone (1922-1967) began his singing life as a child and young man singing bass in choral and concert performances. He served in WWII, and after the war made his operatic debut as a baritone in 1952 in Siena. The following year he sang with Maria Callas in what would be the beginning of a long professional relationship. 1954 was a big year for Bastianini, and he made debuts at both La Scala and the Met. By 1958 he had acquired a huge international reputation and was everywhere known and applauded. His golden years were shorted tragically by very serious illness which took his life at age 45, in 1967. His voice was very dark and powerful, imbued with bass-like qualities from earliest youth. This is by any reckoning a great voice, and an extraordinarily good recording of "Eri Tu."
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John McCormack Sings Stephen Foster's "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair,"  1934
The one and only in a lovely rendition of this Foster classic. This was one of the later recordings in McCormack's career. TO FOLLOW MY OPERA BLOG, JUST GOOGLE "GREAT OPERA SINGERS"
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Red Foley and Kitty Wells, "As Long as I Live"
Two of the old time country greats; back when country music was really country music.
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Yma Sumac, The Peruvian Songbird, sings "Chuncho."
In a piece of classic exotica, the unique Yma Sumac (1922-2008) displays her most unusual voice. I, like many, have mixed feelings about Sumac (whose name, in Quechua, means 'How beautiful!") Some feel there was a potentially great operatic voice here,had it been trained as such. However, the decision was made to frame her performance as essentially a presentation of exotica. To a certain extent, Ivan Rebroff made the same decision. One cannot gainsay the past, but there is ample evidence of an extraordinary voice here, that much is certain.
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Kathleen Ferrier, "Blow the wind southerly"
'Blow the Wind Southerly', arr. W. G. Whittaker English Traditional, Northumbrian Folk Song. England may never have produced much in the way of tenors, but contraltos are another story altogether!
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Legendary Cajun Singer Cleoma Falcon Sings Classic: "J'ai passé devant ta porte."  1928?
J'ai passé devant ta porte. (I walked past your door) J'ai crié "bye-bye" la belle.(I cried, "goodby, my beautiful girl." 'Y a personne qu'à pas répondu (And nobody even answered! O yaîe aîe, mon coeur fait mal! (Oh, how my heart aches!) "Mes amis j'ai observé." (Then I took a closer look) "Moi j'ai vu une p'tite lumière allumée." (And I saw devotional candles lit) "Y'a quelque chose qui m'disait d'aller pleurer."(And something told me I was going to cry)" "O yaîe aîe, mon coeur fait mal!" (Oh! My heart hurts so bad!) "Moi j'ai été cogné à la porte" (I knocked again at the door) quand ils ont rouvert a la porte (and when they opened it) moi j'ai vu des chandelles allumées (I saw the devotional candles lit) tout autour de son cercueil (all around her coffin)
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Folk Singer Mac Wiseman Sings A Sad, Old Song, "Bringing Mary Home."
This is a special requst. For some reason, stories about railroads, train wrecks, ghost trains, highways, car wrecks, and ghost cars, all form a kind of special Southern Folk Genre. Here is the great folk singer Mac Wiseman in a classic old tear-jerker.
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Fats Waller Plays "Handful of Keys."
The one and only in his signature composition. This is a reposting of an inadvertently deleted video
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Roberto Murolo Sings "Fenesta Ca Lucive"   Lyrics And Translation
The grand master of Neapolitan song in a haunting version of this very sad piece, which is quite similar to the Cajun French song "Je passé devant ta porte." Many singers have sung this song, but Murolo's restrained and understated rendition lends a remarkable dignity to its painful sentiment, which could be ruined by the rather more typical bombast of opera singers who are not sufficiently aware of the long artistic history of the Neapolitan song. Fenesta ca lucive e mo nun luce, The light that shined in her window shines no more sign'è ca nénna mia stace malata. A sign that my beloved is very sick. S'affaccia la surella e mme lu dice: I asked her sister, who told me: "Nennélla toja è morta e s'è atterrata". Your girl is dead and buried! Chiagneva sempe ca durmeva sola, She cried because she slept alone, mo dorme co' li muorte accompagnata. And now she sleeps in the arms of death! mo dorme co' li muorte accompagnata. And now she sleeps in the arms of death! Addio fenesta, rèstate 'nzerrata Goodbye, window. Stay closed! ca nénna mia mo nun se pò affacciare. Because I can never speak to my girl again. Io cchiù nun passarraggio da 'sta strata. I'll never walk down this street again. Vaco a lo camposanto a passíare I'll go to the graveyard instead! Zi' parrocchiano mio, tienece cura, Oh, priest, take care! na lampa sempe tienece allummata And always keep a candle lit for her na lampa sempe tienece allummata And always keep a candle lit for her.
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Paul Robeson Sings "Joe Hill"
"Joe Hill" is possibly the greatest and most popular organized labor advocacy song ever written. It proves impossible to run down the true story behind Joe Hill's death, in 1915. He may well have been framed for a murder he didn't commit, as many contend. What is undeniable, however, is the enormous impact of this song, an absolute classic of union activism. Robeson's rendition is one of the very best, admirable for its clarity, dignity and restraint, and—ultimately—its power.
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Judy Collins Sings "My Father"
Some songs are just so good and so moving that they never grow old. This beautiful love song to her Father and to the dream of living in France is one such song. For those whose native language is not English, here are the lyrics: My father always promised us That we would live in France We'd go boating on the Seine And I would learn to dance We lived in Ohio then He worked in the mines On his dreams like boats We knew we would sail in time All my sisters soon were gone To Denver and Cheyenne Marrying their grownup dreams The lilacs and the man I stayed behind the youngest still Only danced alone The colors of my father's dreams Faded without a sound And I live in Paris now My children dance and dream Hearing the words of a miner's life In words they've never seen I sail my memories of home Like boats across the Seine And watch the Paris sun set in my father's eyes again My father always promised us That we would live in France We'd go boating on the Seine And I would learn to dance I sail my memories of home Like boats across the Seine And watch the Paris sun set in my father's eyes again.
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Helen Traubel Sings "Autumn Leaves"
I am, and always have been, a great Helen Traubel fan. Hers was easily one of the greatest voices America ever produced. Not only our greatest Wagnerian soprano, but a first rate singer of songs of all kinds. If you are also a Traubel fan and have not heard this, be prepared for a treat. It's absolutely beautiful.
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Beniamino Gigli Sings Giovanni Battista Bononcini's "Per la gloria d'adorarvi"  1947
These late seventeenth and early 18th century art songs are often the first material to which aspiring singers are exposed. Often, they are keen to get on the "real thing." To avoid that mistake, they would do well to listen to recordings of these art songs made by some of the greatest singers of all time. They would quickly see just how much these songs contain, and what they can become in the hands of so great an artist as Gigli, who excelled at these songs, not because he adhered to 20th century academic notions of how they "were probably sung" but because he brings to them the natural instincts of a great singer of melodic romantic music, the essence of which remains the same today as it did 300 years ago.
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The Great Chaliapin Sings Massenet's "Élégie"        1931
The great Russian bass in one of Massenet's most beloved songs. Oh sweet spring-times of green years past; Now you are gone forever. I no longer see the blue sky; No longer hear the bird's joyful singing You took my happiness with you, my love; When you went away! In vain Spring returns, For the bright sun fled with you; The happy days are gone. My heart is heavy and sad; Everything has forever withered.
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Galina Vishnevskaya Sings Mikhail Glinka's "The Lark"
The great Russian soprano in one of Glinka's lovely compositions from the 1840's.
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Andy Griffith, In Memoriam:   "What It Was Was Football"
Here is the late, great Andy Griffith in one of his earliest and most popular routines.
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Richard Tucker Sings Durante's "Vergin Tutto Amor"
The great American tenor and cantor sings a famous and much loved 17th century religious classic.
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Ivan Rebroff Sings "Evening Bells"
The great German singer Ivan Rebroff (Hans-Rolf Rippert, (1931-2008) was certainly one of the most beloved and most successful singers of all time. It's almost impossible not to like his extraordinary voice, which, like that of Yma Sumac, seemed to have no limits on the top or bottom. He could sing so low it rattled the furniture, and so high that he once recorded "Ardon gli Incesi," or the Mad Scene from Lucia. I have that recording here someplace if I can find it. It's buried in hundreds of old cassettes. "Evening Bells" is one of his most popular recordings. No one seems quite sure what, if anything, his connection with Russia might have been, but he was a kind of "professional" Russian, not a real one, and his Russian is quite good, except for a noticeable German accent. But who cares He was Rebroff, a consummate entertainer, and he sang many kinds of songs from many nations. He worked very hard, and became a very wealthy man. His popularity was simply enormous. He was a citizen of Greece by adoption, although German by birth (Berlin).
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Francesco Albanese Sings "Core 'ngrato."  Lyrics and Translation     1947
One of the most popular of all Neapolitan songs, sung by one of the greatest of all singers of Neapolitan songs: Catarì, Catarì, Caterina, Caterina, pecchè me dici Why are you saying sti parole amare; these bitter words to me? pecchè me parle Why are you talking to me e 'o core me turmiente, Catarì? And tormenting my heart, Caterina? Nun te scurdà Don't forget ca t'aggio date 'o core, the day I gave you my heart, Catarì, nun te scurdà! Caterina, don't forget! Catarì, Catarì, che vene Caterina, Caterina, why do you a dicere stu parlà come to say ca me dà spaseme? what hurts me so much? Tu nun'nce pienze a stu dulore mio, You never think about my pain, tu nun'nce pienze, You never think.... tu nun te ne cure. You just don't care..... Core, core 'ngrato, Ungrateful heart! t'aie pigliato 'a vita mia, You've taken away my life! tutt'è passato e Everything is over nun'nce pienze cchiù! And you don't even think about it any more!
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Yves Montand:  "Les feuilles mortes"  (Autumn Leaves)
It's autumn in Paris......................................
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Jackie Evancho Sings ":The Music of The Night"
The stunningly beautiful and prodigiously talented young girl sounding better than ever!
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Byrn Terfel Sings the Welsh National Anthem:" Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau"
Mae rhai cenhedloedd yn arbennig o hoff o ganu. Mae llawer yn fach. Rwyf yn syth meddwl am Iwerddon, Estonia, Georgia ac efallai yn bwysicaf oll, Cymru. Mae eu gorau gwryw gorau yn chwedlonol! Here are the lyrics: This land of my fathers is dear to me Land of poets and singers, and people of stature Her brave warriors, fine patriots Shed their blood for freedom Land! Land! I am true to my land! As long as the sea serves as a wall for this pure, dear land May the language endure for ever. Old land of the mountains, paradise of the poets, Every valley, every cliff a beauty guards; Through love of my country, enchanting voices will be Her streams and rivers to me. Though the enemy have trampled my country underfoot, The old language of the Welsh knows no retreat, The spirit is not hindered by the treacherous hand Nor silenced the sweet harp of my land.
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Robertino Loretti, Schubert Serenade  ( Italian)
The great child singer in an unusual piece, outside his more characteristic repertoire. This was a gift to me, from a subscriber, several years ago, in MP3 format, and I have very little information on it, but there are a fair number of copies of it on Youtube.
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Andreas Scholl Sings  "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose"
The famous German alto sings a traditional Scottish song.
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Judy Collins Sings "Sunny Goodge Street."   With Lyrics
"On the firefly platform on sunny Goodge Street violent hash-smoker shook a chocolates machine, involved in an eating scene. Smashing into neon lights in their stonedness, smearing their eyes on the crazy cult goddess, listenin' to sounds of Mingus mellow fantastic. "My, my", they sigh, "My, my", they sigh. La, la, la, la etc. In doll house rooms with coloured lights swingin,' strange music boxes sadly tinklin,' drinking the sun shining all around you. "My, my", they sigh, "My, my", they sigh, La, la, la, la, la, la etc. The magician, he sparkles in satin and velvet, you gaze at his splendor with eyes you've not used yet. I tell you his name is Love, Love, Love. "My, my", they sigh, "My, my", they sigh.La, la, la la, la, etc. " Donovan's "Sunny Goodge Street," which Collins covers here, might be described as surrealist, or, too loosely, "Jazz." In fact, it's what in the 60's we simply called "head music, which coincidentally describes a "scene." Simply put, music to get stoned by. It's all about the drug scene in Britain. A single reference to Mingus does not make it anything like Jazz. The keys to "interpreting" the song lie in phrases like "eyes you've not used yet," i.e. the way you see things on drugs, [often LSD at that time] or "smearing your eyes on the crazy cult goddess."To read that, you need to have seen, as I have seen, people on LSD sitting around and worshipping neon signs advertising, in one instance I remember, exterminator services, with cartoon bugs flashing:-)
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Deanna Durbin Sings "Because"
This popular semi-classical piece has been sung by many opera singers, usually men. Not so many girls/women have recorded it, although it is hard to imagine it done much better than the great child movie singer Deanna Durbin does it here. I believe she was 17 when this was recorded, but I am not sure. If any fans out there have this information, I'd be grateful to have it, and then I can edit this description accordingly. Thank you! Edmund
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Jan Peerce Sings The Kol Nidre.
The great American tenor in a stirring rendition of the Kol Nidre. Yom Kippur, Tishrei 10, 5772. Saturday, October 8, 2011
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Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) Sings When You Wish Upon A Star
For many, one of the highlights of a Walt Disney film was the opening song by Jiminy Cricket. Cliff Edwards sings this song beautifully. His high tenor falsetto was very appealing.
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Patty Loveless and Ralph Stanley, "Pretty Polly"
Two of the finest folk singers in America. Brilliant country hill singers, with perfect voices for the genre. This is a very old and frightening song. Violence, betrayal murder...If it had come along 150 years later, it would have made an American TV show.! A very old ballad, found in Appalachia and in the British Isles, where it certainly originated long ago. It was known by several names, including "The Gosport Tragedy," and has been recorded by many artists, including Judy Collins in 1968. The theme is the murder of Pretty Polly, in some versions because she is pregnant, in others (like this one) because she is so clueless as to hang out with trash like Willy, inviting disaster. (Not that she was so much herself...there seems to be a past history here—"Your past reputation's been trouble to me"!, and also the word 'unkind!', which seems to be a floating separated adjective referring to Polly). I include the lyrics for those whose native language is not English. And even for those who are native English speakers, the language can still be a little hard to understand in spots if you did not grow up where the dialect and music were common. This is one of the best versions ever recorded. Here are the lyrics: Oh Polly, Pretty Polly, would you take me—unkind! Polly, Pretty Polly, would you take me,--unkind! for you to set beside me and tell me your mind. Well my mind is to marry and never to part. My mind is to marry and never to part. The first time I saw you, you wounded my heart. Oh Polly Pretty Polly come and go along with me. Polly Pretty Polly come and go along with me. Before we get married some pleasure to seek. Well he led her over mountains and valleys so deep. Led her over mountains and valleys so deep. Polly mistrusted and then began to weep. Sayin' Willie, Little Willie, I'm afraid of your ways. Willie, Little Willie, I'm afraid of your ways. The way you've been rambling you'll lead me astray. Well Polly, Pretty Polly, your guess is about right. Polly, Pretty Polly, your guess is about right. I dug on your grave the biggest part of last night. Well he led her a little farther and what did she spy. He led her a little farther and what did she spy. A new dug grave with a spade lying by. Then she knelt down before him a pleadin' for her life. She knelt down before him a pleadin' for her life. Rather be a single girl if I can't be your wife. Now Polly, Pretty Polly that never can be. Polly, Pretty Polly that never can be. Your past reputation's been trouble to me. Then he opened up her bosom, As white as any snow Then he opened up her bosom As white as any snow. And stabbed her through the heart. And the blood did overflow. Then he went down to the jailhouse and what did he say. He went to the jailhouse and what did he say. I've killed Pretty Polly and trying to get away.
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Fritz Wunderlich sings "Horch, die Lerche singt im Hain."
Seldom performed today, Otto Nicolai's "Merry Wives of Windsor" contains some very beautiful music, such as this aria, "Hark, the Lark is Singing in the Grove," sung by the great German tenor Fritz Wunderlich. YOU CAN FOLLOW MY BLOG AT: GREATOPERASINGERS.BLOGSPOT.COM
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Lawrence Tibbett Sings "Goin' Home."
The great American baritone sings the lovely melody based on the horn solo in the Largo of Dvorak's Symphony # 9 (New World). The lyrics were written by William A. Fisher (1861-1948). YOU CAN FOLLOW MY OPERA BLOG AT: GREATOPERASINGERS.BLOGSPOT.COM
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Mario Lanza Sings "I'll Walk With God."
The famous American tenor lends his great voice to a religious song which, although not much played today, was fairly popular in the 1950's. It provides yet another example of the extraordinary clarity of his singing; possibly the best enunciation of any singer of his day, classical or popular. His Italian was just as clear.
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Bill Monroe And The Bluegrass Boys Sing "In The Pines"
The high, lonesome sound of the great Bill Monroe, father of Bluegrass.
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Sara Scuderi Sings "Vissi D'Arte" From Puccini's Tosca
Sara Scuderi (1906-1987) sang very widely throughout Italy and Europe generally during the 1930's and 40's, including a 7-year period at La Scala. She was esteemed for her work in the popular Italian operas of the day, especially Tosca, which was a signature role for her.
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Gigli Sings Durante's "Vergin, tutto amor."  1947
Gigli, a religious man, sings this old hymn of praise to Mary with great sensitivity and expressiveness.
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Set Svanholm Sings "Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond," From Die Walküre
The great Wagnerian tenor in a particularly well sung rendition of this famous aria from Die Walküre. Svanholm was not only a superb vocalist, but a formidable musician and magisterial stylist. For those interested in Svanholm's life and career, I recommend the guest article by Dr. Marie-Louise Rodén to be found in the June 19, 2011 issue of my blog, Great Opera Singers (greatoperasingers.blogspot.com)
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Ethel Merman Sings Cole Porter's "Anything Goes"
The one and only. Probably the greatest voice in Broadway history. She WAS Braodway! A little song for today!
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Eileen Farrell Sings "To this we've come," From Menotti's The Consul
The great American soprano in a bone-chilling rendition of this aria from The Consul, which tells of Magda's despair at not being able to crack through the bureaucracy keeping her from leaving her country. The Consul, which had its world premiere in 1950, in Philadelphia, went on to play in many European capitols. It tells a common story of the time; red tape preventing freedom-loving people from escaping their own countries' dictatorships to find refuge in a free world, even if they have relatives in another land who need their help.
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Gigli Sings" Occhi di Fata", by Luigi Denza
Luigi Denza (1846-1922), was an Italian composer born near Naples. After study at the Naples Conservatory, he moved to London and became professor of singing at the Royal Academy of music in 1898. He wrote hundreds of songs, in addition to an opera. Gigli has recorded several of the songs, including "Funiculi, Funicula," (with Turco), "Occhi Turchini," "Se," and this piece, "Occhi di Fata." The moody and emotionally intense flavor of Neapolitan song is everywhere apparent in his work.
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German Alto Andreas Scholl Sings "I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger."
The famous alto in a lovely rendition of this old American spiritual, which was one of Burl Ives' signature pieces.
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James Joyce's Only Known Composition:  "Bid Adieu To Girlish Days," Sung By Tenor Kevin McDermott
Words and music by Joyce; Kevin McDermott, tenor, and Ralph Richey, pianist. The great poet's way with words is certainly apparent in this song's lovely and elegant lyrics. Sunphone Records, 1981.
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Richard Crooks Sings 'Love's Old Sweet Song"
The great American tenor in a sentimental classic.
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Fritz Wunderlich Sings "Un' aura amorosa," ("Der Odem der Liebe") From Così Fan Tutte."
In the same way that popular Mozart piano pieces, such as "Rondo alla Turca," can be devilishly difficult, this lovely and straight-forward aria can be very hard to sing in such a way that its inherent elegance and beauty stand out as they should. It takes a well-schooled and innately musical tenor to execute the recurring wide intervals, especially of the fourth, without inappropriate scooping. Wunderlich is musically and stylistically immaculate, and sings the aria perfectly.
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Deanna Durbin Sings "Beneath The Lights Of Home"
The beloved child singing star from the 1930's still holds her audience even after her recent death at age 91. The affection felt for her never went away. A beautiful girl who can sing beautifully has a near-mythic, siren-like power to enchant and capture the love of those who listen to her.
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