Gounod considered "Ave Maria" to be an insignificant part of his life's work, not important enough to mention in his autobiography. Truly, "Ave Maria" seems a minor effort compared to works such as the opera Faust. McFarland Recorded November Released on Berliner Disc Berliner matrix With all this, it's remarkable what a vibrant core Tauber's upper tones still have.
However weird his upper vowels up front, one has the feeling that his actual throat is always squared open in the fine Caruso manner!
That said, his top is still not quite of the quality of some of the others even so. Yes, once in a while, as in the climax of his "La donna e mobile", he'll give one a ringing and open high B that's perfectly fine. But such notes are not his stock in trade. Given all this, though, he is my favorite all the same. Well, more than heart, actually, but that's where it all starts.
Yes, one must at least have a genuinely musical and resilient voice capable of maintaining a vibrant, fully resonated vocal line. But all the greatest tenors already have that. Once that necessity is established as a given, heart then starts to bulk hugely in my estimation.
In this connection, Tauber's apparent spontaneity in expression is nothing less than astounding. It is particularly so since it's always in the context of a wealth of detail and tonal shading. How come the variety of his dynamics and of his vocal coloring is so staggering while the impression of spontaneity of expression is still maintained so consistently at the same time?
That such an abundance of the most insightful nuance should also come off as the ultimate in spontaneity is the greatest paradox of the sheer heart that Tauber brings to his singing. He can fool the listener into imagining that all that abundance of nuance is merely the inspiration of the moment -- when it clearly can't be.
Hours and hours must go into it. But it doesn't sound that way. Schubert's last task in life was the correction of the proofs for part 2 of Winterreise, and his thoughts while correcting those of the last song, "Der Leiermann", when his last illness was only too evident, can only be imagined.
It was recorded in France between by an anonymous performer. Gepost door Joop op Geen opmerkingen:. The author is unknown. In some matter, it was better for his post-mortem reputation. He could have made the same error as many artists did : collaborate with the Nazi Regime.
The fact, that he emigrated to England and that he contributed to the British movement by supporting the struggle against Nazi Germany, made him twice as much admirable for his fans.
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From The Album Play album. Only A Rose Richard Tauber 1, listeners. Play track. Artist images 4 more. Richard Tauber 8, listeners Related Tags tenor myhitparade classical Richard Tauber 16 May — 8 January was an Austrian tenor acclaimed as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Some critics commented that "his heart felt every word he sang". He was born in Linz, Austria to Elisabeth Seiffert, an actress who played soubrette roles at the local theatre. His father, Richard Anton Tauber, also an actor, was not married to his mother and was unaware of the birth as he was touring America at the time.
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Harry Parr-Davies. Monday 16 March Info Print Cite. Tauber also narrows his vowels higher up in a very Viennese way, which is disconcerting to a listener used to the golden outpouring of other tenors. Sunday 19 July Richard Tauber 16 May — 8 January  was an Austrian tenor and film actor. Desert Island Classics. Passing By.
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