Shall I Go On?
Volume V - 2 Party CDs of Vocal Oddities
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CD 1: Aida thru Lucia
CD 2: I Masnadieri thru Die Zauberflöte
Fiorenza Cossotto is very popular. In Japan. She'll perform at the drop of a hat as she does in this November 2007 Tokyo concert performance of the Judgment Scene.
Robert Merrill sings a sortof Happy Birthday to Moe Gale, hi manager on September 12, 1948. It's a combo of the Barber Largo and eventually goes into the Whiffenpoof Song.
An Asian soprano sings something resembling Una voce poco fa. You could probably write a Rossini opera with all her wrong notes. She's in F, by the way and I've only included the B section.
04 EVANGELIA CALLAS
An interview with a composer and the mother of Maria Callas, Evangelia. She claims her daughter to be her creation. She then proceeds to smears her daughter, blaming on her the suicide attempt. The aforementioned composer later recites the lyrics of a song he wrote depicting Mama Callas' sadness at her daughter's fleeing the family. A recording is played of Evangelia singing the song.
Leona Anderson croaks the Habanera.
From a broadcast starring Rosa Ponselle, this is the finale of the Sequidilla. Why does she sustain the final high B natural? Maybe she wanted to prove she was still a soprano with a great high B.
The Carmen in this Act IV final duet is Dragana Jugovic del Monaco, a house soprano in Belgrade and wife of Giancarlo del Monaco (son of Mario). It is said that "she had taken lots of medications on the day of this concert because of some family troubles, but went to sing anyway." The tenor's name is not known.
Leslie Uggams has a memory lapse while singing "June is bustin' out all over."
Ben Heppner and Violeta Urmana in the final pages of the final duet.
10 CHOPIN NOCTURNE
Ornel Smith Lucas sings the familiar Chopin Nocturne in Eb with a rather unintelligible French.
11 DON CARLO
Baritone Placido Domingo sings Roderigo's final two arias in a 1975 recording.
The final page of "Was bluten muss" as sung by Hildegard Behrens.
In this 1949 recording of "Ernani involami,"Mina Foley, not only throws in a high Eb during the cadenza, not only does she throw in a high F at the final cadence, not only does she trill on a high F, she...
Baritenor Sherrill Milnes throws in a high B natural at the close of the cabaletta "Vien amici" during a Favorita broadcast of March 11, 1978. The critics, BTW, didn't approve.
12 FIRST RECORDING
A British radio announcer can't stop laughing after playing for her listeners a newly discovered old, old, old, ol recording.
A male soprano-wanna-be sings along with a MMO record.
Grace Bumbry, albeit on the happy side of the pitch, soars through Immolation scene of which I offer the finale.
18 HANSEL & GRETEL
One audience member thought it would be OK if he ordered a set change from his seat by bellowing "Whoa! Change the set!" during this December 9, 2007 broadcast.
On March 4th, 2007. CJ Sokolowski, 12-year-old Baritone and Male Soprano (aka countertenor) sang a semi-staged Doll Song for his voice class recital. His high Ebs are rather amazingly brilliant and he performs some ornaments that are unusual, like dipping down to Eb below middle C as a baritone then skipping up to his money-note, high Eb.
20 LATVIAN TV
Elena Obraztsova "gets down" on a variety show, belting high As in (her version of) chest.
The tenor Bulent Bezduz sings Edgardo come scritto in the Act I love duet, beginning a downward scale on a high Eb. Lucia is Laura Aikin and dates from 2006.
Renata Scotto in the finale of the Mad Scene, April 21, 1973.
Lucianna Serra delivers crytal clear coloratur in the bridge - touching a high A natural - and B section of the cabaletta "Carlo vive!".
Twelve-year-old Julie Andrews pipes the Polonaise. She sounds mature both in speaking and singing.
In the accompaniment of Schubert's lied, "Der Musensohn" the composer depicts a young boy skipping through nature. I have begun with the first few measures as sung by Elisabeth Schumann demonstrating a tempo that is a little slower than normal but normal. The next and complete version is by Jan DeGaetani and Gil Kalish.
04 NAME THAT TUNE
In the Italian version of the television quiz show, "Nominare quell'aria", the young (and unknown?) Giuseppe di Stefano is put through his paces.
Cecilia Bartoli (!!!!) sings Casta Diva.
A rare combination of two of the greatest interpreters of Verdi's Otello singing together in Dallas: Mario del Monaco as Otello and Ramon Vinay as Iago.
Mario del Monaco sings the Prologue.
An 18-minute redo of "Vesti la giubba", courtesy of Signor Caruso and pianist Alan Feinberg entitled "Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental". This must be what Caruso's recording of the aria sounds like still ringing in outer space.
09 PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
The tenor aria "Cujus animam" sung by soprano Julia Migenes-Johnson.
An excerpt from H.M.S. Pinafore sung in Yiddish.
Giovanni Roberti sings the aria with the high F (barely) but does something strange at the end...
From an episode of "Amos 'n Andy", the Delta Rhythm Boys sing "The Rigoletto Blues", their version of the quartet.
Inna Dukach sings "O mio babbion caro" accompanied by The Groove Brothers.
At a June 25, 1953 Lewisohn Stadium concert, Yma Sumac in her only (?) recording of an opera aria.
Ellen Beach Yaw warbles, trills, tremulates and chirps her way through this lovely ditty in a crecording from 1909. She ends on a high Bb above high C.
Julius Lieban sing in this recording made ca. 1907.
For purposes of teaching the general public about Puccini's Tosca, the NY Philharmonic hired a singer to sing an excerpt with the accompanist explaining the story prior to the "delightful" aria. The only flaw with this performance is that the pianist neglected to flatten the C while playing in the key of G flat major.
Baritone Craig Smith as Germont interpolates a high Bb at the end of Act II, Scene 1.
Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti join forces for a performance of "Di quella pira".
As Calaf, Deanna Durbin sings "None shall sleep tonight".
Julie Andrews sings Brünnhile's battlecry.
A (Japanese) parrot demonstrates its coloratura agility.
Adolf, Adalbert and Siegmund Lieban perform the aria "O Isis und Osiris" in a recording from ca. 1907.
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