July 8th, 2006


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Inspired by the YouTube posts amongst my friends, most recently by derspatchel and jimmystagger, I've decided to make a little compilation myself of some of my favorites. Enjoy!

(1) Ruben Blades – Caminando. My favorite salsero uses walking as a metaphor for life.

(2) Ruben Blades – Pedro Navaja. The title translates as "Peter Switchblade." This is the Latino "Mack the Knife" and one of Blades' biggest hits.

(3) Ruben Blades – Patria. One of the best expressions of the real meaning of patriotism ever composed, set to images from Panamá.

(4) John Denver – Poems, Prayers, and Promises. My other favorite non-classical musician. My favorite John Denver song. No video, alas; just the song.

(5) Placido Domingo. My favorite opera singer growing up sings a decidedly non-operatic song.

(6) Sam Ramey – Toreador Song. This will be me one day! (Except he's a bass-baritone and I'm a lyric baritone. I don't know why he's singing this aria.)

(7) Fritz Wunderlich – Dies Bildnis. One of the most beautiful voices ever to live, singing an aria from The Magic Flute, recorded shortly before he died.

(8) Sherrill Milnes – Eri Tu. Perhaps the greatest baritone of all time sings this beautiful Verdi aria.

(9) Sherrill Milnes – Si Puo. Here he is again in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

(10) Evelyn Pear & Thomas Stewart – La ci darem la mano. Another great baritone, singing one of my favorite duets with his wife.

1 more YouTube video

You may have noticed I didn't link to any sopranos in my last post. I'm not particularly a fan of sopranos. But here's one worth listening to. Natalie Dessay is one of the top sopranos in today's opera world, and she does justice to the Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute, not something that's easy to do. So, here you have it: the one aria I wish I could sing.