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Old 20th August 2002, 11:53 PM   #11
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A couple of candidates for superb female voice recordings:

Arias for Farinelli, Vivica Genaux, on Harmonia Mundi
Pianto della Madonna, Monteverdi, on Harmonia Mundi
Le mystere des voix bulagares, 'A Cathedral Concert', on Verve

Many years ago, I heard an excellent version of Sondheim's 'Send in the Clowns', by a female singer (not Streisand). Does anyone know who this could have been? I have been searching for this for a long time, without success.
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Old 21st August 2002, 09:38 AM   #12
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Sorry, could not stop myself from posting some other off-topic hints, i am not too much into vocal, but i have dipole speakers, too.

Lay your hands on **anything** recorded by the Walisian harpsichordist Davitt Moroney. He is a specialist for J.S.Bach, for William Byrd and other ancient composers as well. Particularly his recordings made on harmonia mundi France are recommended. Most of them made by Jean-Francois Pontefract (and some by Alberto Paulin). Breathtaking sonics. Try to hunt them on vinyl. But CD also is ok.
Performance-wise, well, Moroney's Well-Tempered Clavier is questionend by some, i like it very much. His Art-of-Fugue is outstanding IMO, only on par with Helmut Walcha's organ recording of the same opus, made on Archiv/Deutsche Grammophon and played on the organ of de Groote Kerk in Almaar, Netherlands.

Addition to point 5 of my list above: Why the heck did they invent stereo?, i often wonder when listening to that recording.
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Old 21st August 2002, 10:12 AM   #13
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You might know this one; "Famous blue raincoat" by Jennifer Warnes.

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Old 23rd August 2002, 04:48 AM   #14
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Most of my stuff is on vinyl, but...

My number one vocal reference is Sinead O'Connor's I do not want what i haven't got (the vinyl is awesome, the CD is so-so).

On CD i have found a number of Victor Lazlo recordings that are quite good.

Patricia Barber, cafe blue. The 180 g viynl is really good, the CD isn't bad either.

(if you can't tell, i am a big fan of female vocals).

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Old 23rd August 2002, 05:11 AM   #15
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Whatever happen to Sinead O'conner? Is she still in the music business?
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Old 23rd August 2002, 09:56 AM   #16
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Sinead o'Connor indeed has an impressive voice and she seems to know how ot use it ... tried out her website ... says "under construction, check back soon for coming album" but no idea how long this tag is hanging there already.

Reminds me on another female weirdo: Nina Hagen. Her 1st two almbums are vocally just stunning, vocal skill and technique are unequalled IMO. Many opera singers i could name look sad if compared with her, she keeps pitch even when she screams, yells . And she has an incredible range of emotions she can quote, fake, also transfer in an honest manner with her voice.
I just do not recommend to discuss her lyrics here

I use these records frequently as test records, not because they are so natural but because i know the recordings mistakes so well, anyway, except soundstaging, these are very good recordings.
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Old 23rd August 2002, 10:17 AM   #17
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Your mentioning of Nina Hagen (her first record was indeed one of the best German albums to date) reminded me immediately of the sondtrack of the Movie "The fifth Element".
A young soprano with name Inva Mula Tchako is performing an aria from the Donizetti Opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" (the "mad scene"). There isn't the whole aria on the Album however. In the movie the aria is perfomed by an alian Diva and when suddenly shootings and fightings break out the music gets "technoid" and the singing is turning quite wild and weird (that's what reminded me of Nina Hagen).
But the part that is "original" is the most touching performance of this aria I have heard so far.

The rest of the movie soundtrack is not that interesting IMO.

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P.S. For those who like to see/hear Inva Mula perform live: she will appear in Verdi's "La Traviata" in Covent Garden this December.
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Old 23rd August 2002, 11:56 AM   #18
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Well, well, well,

Just listen to some of Dead Can Dance albums from the past 10 years, listen to the voice of Lisa Gerrard, also some of the recordings of Marta Sebestyen and of course The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices - all marvelous stuff, all out of this world.

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Old 23rd August 2002, 05:18 PM   #19
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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I will probably only buy a couple of these CDs, as I have limited funds. I haven't taken the dive into vinyl yet, so I will remain with CDs. Maybe one day when money is not so tight.
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Old 24th August 2002, 12:42 AM   #20
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that's Bryn Terfyl --- featured on the cover of Gramophone perhaps two issues ago, and Dieter Fiescher Dieskau "Lieder" recordings (current or 20+ years) will show you what the male voice is capable of.
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