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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.


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Jul. 8th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Fritz Wunderlich – Dies Bildnis

Is that from the DGG recording with Fischer-Dieskau as Papageno? If so, I have it somewhere (on vinyl). It's a great shame that Wunderlich died so young.

Sam Ramey – Toreador Song...I don't know why he's singing this aria.

Because he can?
Jul. 8th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, of course, and quite well. I hope to be versatile enough to sing bassier roles as well as the lyric roles.

I don't know which recording of Zauberflote that is. But it is a shame about Wunderlich. We had a conversation about him at dinner last night. More on that in a later post.
Jul. 8th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
I saw Placido perform the Tales of Hoffmann, and he was superb, both acting and singing, even if he was somewhat past his prime. I hadn't heard Wunderlich before, what a gorgeous sound.
Jul. 8th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
"Past his prime" by some incredibly high standard. I saw (and heard) Domingo as Siegmund in Die Walküre a couple of years ago, and, well, he still has it.
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