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Old 19th August 2002, 05:27 PM   #1
phishead8 is offline phishead8  United States
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Default Good vocal recordings

I've been needing a nice CD that features some beatiful vocals. I'd prefer a large choral arrangement with some instruments backing them up. But, most of all I would like the recording to have an excellent sound stage. I'm trying to get something to show off my ESLs.
Any suggestions on some a capella classical pieces, as well?
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Old 19th August 2002, 05:42 PM   #2
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I don't know about classical but did you listen to Norah Jones sort of Jazz CD titled "come away with me". I thought it would definitely show off your ESL vocal soundstage capability.
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Old 19th August 2002, 05:53 PM   #3
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If you want a recording which will test the "staging" merits of any system -- get a copy of the Tallis Scholars singing <em>Spem in Alia</em> --this is an a capella piece from the time of Mary Stuart for double choir . <p>btw, neither my wife no our choir director thought it funny when I translated the title to "Hope in Onions", but you either have to be a gardener or a student of latin ...
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Old 19th August 2002, 06:29 PM   #4
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I like Leonard Cohen's vocals, they sound particularly impressive on his album "I'm Your Man". It's good music too!
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Old 20th August 2002, 03:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for your replies. I always enjoy entertaining music suggestions. So far, I've only found them to be good ones.
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Old 20th August 2002, 07:06 AM   #6
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BTW me same as trwh, very like Leonard Cohen vocal, especially the old album (use acoustic instrument), if you want hear his vocal with choral background try "Future" album with song title "Anthem" wait for respond

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Old 20th August 2002, 08:39 AM   #7
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I have a record with Emma Kirkby singing Exultate jubilate on the L'Oiseau Lyre label. Great voice and a fabulous recording in my book:

Composers: Mozart
Title: Exsultate Jubilate/Regina Coeli/Ergo Interest etc.
Artists: Emma Kirkby/Westminster Cathedral Boys' Choir, Christopher Hogwood, Chorus & Orchestra of The Academy of Ancient Music
International release date: November 1984
Catalogue number: 411832
Series : L'Oiseau-Lyre
Label: Decca

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Old 20th August 2002, 04:01 PM   #8
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phishead8 and all,

ought to post this in the trumpet thread, just got a new record today. Dinah Washington "Dinah jams" on Mercury MG36000. Availabe on CD, but it is a mono recording, with a mono window giving view to a very natural soundstage.
I can recommend the CD, compared to the OP vinyl is is somewhat smoothed and the edges are gone, but very pleasant.

However be careful not to get zapped by the energy emerging from Ms. Washington's voice. "No more" is only for advanced listeners, harmonics are close to 12-tone music.

OK but you wanted exceptional stereo recordings with good vocals. I have few CDs in my collection but i give vinyl hints with breathtaking sonics as well as breathtaking performances which are worth to be searched as CD version.
[list=1][*] Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli & Missa Brevis, David Willcocks cond. Choir of Kings College, Cambridge (EMI 1C063-02113)[*] J.S.Bach, Matthew's Passion BWV244, Phillip Herweghe cond. (Harmonia Mundi France HMC1155.57)[*] Haydn?: Jefta on ATR/proprius[*] L.v. Beethoven, 9th Symphony "Choral", Rene Leibowitz cond. RPOL,
(RCA Custom/Readers Digest RDS-34/1-7)[*] L.v. Beethoven, 9th Symphony "Choral", oops, mono!!, Erich Kleiber cond.VPO (Decca UK LXT 2725 & 2726) [*] Puccini,Turandot (RCA Victor LSC-6149)[*]J.Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Carlos Kleiber (Deusche Grammophon 2740 152)[*] Bartok, Bluebeard's Castle, I.Kertesz cond.LSO, W.Berry, Ch.Ludwig, (Decca UK SET311)[*] Alban Berg, Wozzeck, Pierre Boulez cond., Walter Berry, Isabel Strauss (CBS SET 3002)[*] not classical: Jennifer Warnes "The Hunter". Okok, it is a heavily mixed recording, but music is gorgeous and "lights of lousianne" and "the hunter" is sonically remarkable, such intimacy is rarely heard.[/list=1]

**off-topic, not vocal**
to point 5, this is a very very good mono recording but it is not near as outstanding sonically as Erich Kleiber's 1953 recording of LvB's 5th symphony: Decca UK LXT2851 later re-issued as LXT 5358 and available as CD Decca 467125-2 (including LvB 3rd symphony, too).
BTW and IMO, performance-wise, this 5th is only the 2nd best ever done but the best available at the moment. Kleiber's 3rd is the best performance ever.
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Old 20th August 2002, 09:18 PM   #9
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Jefta = from G.F. Haendel


this music is just playing in the ORF austrian radio station OE1, live from the Innsbruck Festival of Old Music while I type this - live broadcast often beats any recording hands down...
I did a recording for the ORF recently with two schoeps microphones with music from György Kurtag (Kafka Fragments) and Morton Feldman (Spring of Chosroes). A pity that I did not use a 24bit recorder or a tape machine - 16bit even with the necessary limiter (and a -20db pad) cannot cope with the dynamics and force of the pure voice...

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Old 20th August 2002, 10:22 PM   #10
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Just some more vocal & vinyl tips - analogue recording with very high quality and musical enchantement:
(one example from each label/company - forget all CD versions if available)

G.F.Haendel Duets and Cantatas sung by Maria Zadori and Paul Esswood
recorded 1984 by (the Master) Andras Sekely
SLPD 12564-65
(do not miss the fantastic Hungaraton recordings...)

Danses Anciennes De Hongrie Et De Transylvanie
played by the Clemencic Consort / Rene Clemencic
recorded 1977 by (the great Master) Alberto Paulin
HM 1003
(sorry no vocal recording, I just picked out the first one - but what a recording! This is one to explain yourself that digital did not make the trick yet...))

Baroque Music from Drottingholms Barockensemble with Andrew Dalton/countertenor
recorded 1976 by Bertil Alving (with two neumanns and a RevoxA77 !)

Renaissance Music in Naples played by HesperionXX / Jordi Savall
recorded 1983 by Gerd Berg (early digital and DMM unfortunately)
1C 076
(- I love the voice of Montserrat Figueras !!! )

Billie Holiday: Body and Soul
recorded in 1957
(no comment)

Taj Mahal: Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff
recorded 1972 by David Brown and George Engfer
(listen to Taj singing with the young Pointer Sisters "Sweet Home Chicago" - anyone not thrilled take the back door out)

TalkTalk: Spirit of Eden
recorded 1988 by Phil Brown (again digital and DMM...)
(an interesting multitrack recording which sounds very open - the music is up to taste - I like it)

Joni Mitchell: Hejira
recorded 1976 by Henry "Inspirational" Lewy and mastered by Bernie Grundman
(an alltime classic)

Nick Drake: Pink Moon
recorded 1972 by John Wood / Joe Boyd Witchseason productions
(what happened to this fabulous duo ? their recordings from the early seventies are breathtaking in a real musical sense)

lesser known but gret music and recordings:

PAVIAN (Bratislawa)
Iva Bittova
recorded 1990 by Pavel Fait
(she is something special indeed)

Clive Gregson & Christine Collister: Home and Away
recorded 1986 live by Jamie Marshall on a TEAC 244 Portastudio !

Radka Toneff and Steve Dobrogosz: Fairytales
recorded 1979 and 1982 by Arild Anderson

I could go on and on - but stop:
And happy listening !

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