Thursday, July 22, 2010

George Frideric Handel's Cara Sposa Performed by David Lee and Camerata Antiqua Seoul, Directed by Winfried Toll

Mark in Spokane suggested that "virtually none of the voice pieces from the baroque period can be replicated today because we no longer, for good reason, produce the singers necessary to sing the parts," in response to a post the other day — The Music World's Reactionary Radicals. He elaborated:
    Why don't we produce those singers anymore? Because we don't create castrati anymore. For the vast bulk of the vocal pieces of the baroque period, we will never (thank heaven!) experience those pieces as they were meant to be sung. One of the prices of civilization. A trade off well worth it in terms of advancing human rights, I would say!
In the article that spurred the post — Classical Music’s New Golden Age — Heather Mac Donald explained, "An unfamiliar and seductive voice—the countertenor—emerged to take on roles in baroque operas and masses that castrati originally sang." David Dong Qyu Lee (Counter-tenor) is the owner of one such "unfamiliar and seductive voice." How close he sounds to the original castrati, we'll never know.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for elevating my comment to a main post on your blog! I appreciate the recognition.

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Sometime between ten and twenty years ago, I heard a man likely far more knowledgeable about music than I list who he thought of as the top two counter-tenors in the world at the time: John Denver and Michael Jackson.

5:09 AM  

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