I cannot think that anyone has ever rivaled her legato and her intensity in this music. The vocal opulence that we can admire on records by Butt, Kirkby Lunn, Thornton, Braslau and Schumann-Heink was followed by a period of restraint. The particular requirements of the radio microphone may also have played their part in the vocal manners of a singer like Kathleen Ferrier, gifted with a very voluminous and beautiful voice but with no hint of a chest register; singers of her generation would instinctively avoid any powerful splurging below the stave, decrying such effects as tasteless.
This portentous style, together with her enormous volume and an unfamiliar to modern ears low tessitura , often makes people laugh when they hear her for the first time. To enjoy her records thoroughly, as I do, you must listen on two levels: you can smile at the manner and the material whilst admiring the voice and the art. She worked hard and was proud of it. Her frequent trips to the recording studio and the vast numbers of unpublished records bespeak the perfectionist. Her operatic records suggest the concert singer, despite her dramatic approach.
She maintains an exemplary legato , and although she stresses rather than glosses over the contrast between her registers, this does not affect the flow of the line. What matter if the words turn out to be nonsense? Did they need oiling? The low E is sharp, but the record is one of the best examples of her interpretative genius. Ethel Hook was a famous singer in her own right and made some splendid solo recordings. Despite what Winifred Ponder says on page of her biography, it is Ethel who sustains the low C for several bars; Clara can be heard singing the tune at the same time.
In a long a cappella solo Clara wanders from the pitch, causing them all to go wrong; they are exposed when the piano comes in again. Generations overlap: in a little girl called Joan Sutherland was taken by her mother to hear Dame Clara Butt in Sydney, and she has never forgotten the experience. It was the biggest voice she ever heard in her life. She filled concert halls throughout her career and was loved by her countrymen like no other singer before or since.
This two-CD set provides the listener with a wide range of repertoire and focuses on the sound that made Clara Butt a legend. The selections chosen and the quality of transfers will change any preconception one has of Butt. Humorous and informative notes by Michael Aspinall round out this critical survey. CD 1 Handel 1. Ama nesciri Annie Scott New releases. The Gifted School: A Novel. Bruce Holsinger. The Gifted School is the juiciest novel I've read in ages Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies.
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Alpha and Omega. Harry Turtledove. What would happen if the ancient prophecy of the End of Days came true? It is certainly the last thing Eric Katz, a secular archaeologist from Los Angeles, expects during what should be a routine dig in Jerusalem. But perhaps higher forces have something else in mind when a sign presaging the rising of the Third Temple is located in America, a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv, and events conspire to place a team of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount.
It is there that Eric is witness to a discovery of such monumental proportions that nothing will ever be the same again. Harry Turtledove is the master at portraying ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events, and what is more extraordinary than the incontrovertible proof that there truly is a higher force controlling human destiny?
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Harvey Weinstein denies the existence of the so-called casting couch. Stern also tells of his Moby Dick-like quest to land an interview with Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the election—one of many newly written revelations from the author. He speaks with extraordinary candor about a variety of subjects, including his overwhelming insecurity early in his career, his revolutionary move from terrestrial radio to SiriusXM, and his belief in the power of psychotherapy.
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There were only four words: He belongs to me. E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair.
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The Fallen. Star FBI detective Amos Decker and his colleague Alex Jamison must solve four increasingly bizarre murders in a dying rust belt town--and the closer they come to the truth, the deadlier it gets in this rapid-fire 1 New York Times bestseller. Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped.
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