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A piece of gentle Faure charm on 2 mics
Old 22nd October 2019
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A piece of gentle Faure charm on 2 mics

A rich and dramatic coloratura in a medium sizes hall with a good Steinway.
Her voice is rich and harmonic.
I wish perhaps I had implemented the 10dB pads in the MKH 30/30 array, I have never done that before with a female voice.
She has a powerful instrument.
Roger
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Old 22nd October 2019
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Lovely and charming. Thanks for sharing!
Old 23rd October 2019
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Très beau.
Old 23rd October 2019
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Great synergy between soprano, piano and hall...I can feel your anxiety re the mic pads, as one never quite knows when that vocal transient is going to take-off into the stratosphere....leaving the sound of tearing cloth in its wake, even with very conservative level-setting.

All's well here, however !
Old 23rd October 2019
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I use subtle adaptive limiting to level some high transients
This took some time to get right because of the sheer fluid power of her voice
Next time with a big singer I will pad.
The Nagra was fine ,but processing it was consuming.
Roger
Old 24th October 2019
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V nice roger!
Old 24th October 2019
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Lucky you...beautiful
Old 27th October 2019 | Show parent
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...Next time with a big singer I will pad...
Roger
Victor Borge had a great routine about big sopranos...
Old 27th October 2019
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She is a contemporary of Katherine Jenkins, another Big Soprano.
Old 27th October 2019
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In August 2017 it was announced by Classic FM that Jenkins was the best selling classical artist of the last 25 years in the UK beating the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Andre Rieu.
She is that big Stu , just to put feverish antipodean thoughts on hold...
Old 27th October 2019 | Show parent
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In August 2017 it was announced by Classic FM that Jenkins was the best selling classical artist of the last 25 years in the UK beating the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Andre Rieu.
She is that big Stu , just to put feverish antipodean thoughts on hold...
In my opinion Pavarotti was pretty crap and I worked with him many times.

No idea about Jenkins - never heard her sing.
Old 27th October 2019
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I heard him rehearsing with full orch in Bath Assembly Rooms for a gig in the Royal Crescent
He was terrific.
Old 27th October 2019
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I also worked with him many times and ok, he could be rather offhand/casual at times but when he wanted to he could really deliver and his reputation as one of the greats was justified.

As for Jenkins, um.....she's not my kind of singer but I've never had any trouble with her singing particularly loudly.

If you want a soprano who really projects, try Angel Blue. One of the most powerful and most musically able singers it's been my pleasure to record. In one rehearsal I was listening to her performing on an outdoor stage on a hillside with amplified orchestra and from 25ft away she was balancing nicely with the orchestra even before her mic was actually opened!
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I also worked with him many times and ok, he could be rather offhand/casual at times but when he wanted to he could really deliver and his reputation as one of the greats was justified.
Quite so. Just got back from see the Pavarotti film by Ron Howard. Worth seeing, wonderful singing and footage. He was very special as a musician and person.
Old 19th November 2019
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Pavarotti made each aria his own, and once you'd heard it sung his way, it stayed with you.
Old 19th November 2019
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When you go to the Met for an opera night, the minute Pavarotti opens his mouth, the game is over for everybody else. It is really demoralizing. You can’t help it but feel bad for the rest of the company. It does not even matter whatever the hell he is singing. What an incredible voice!

I miss going to hear his concert live.
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When you go to the Met for an opera night, the minute Pavarotti opens his mouth, the game is over for everybody else. It is really demoralizing. You can’t help it but feel bad for the rest of the company. It does not even matter whatever the hell he is singing. What an incredible voice!

I miss going to hear his concert live.
Recording Pavarotti with the Decca team, Kingsway Hall 1972, 'Nessun Dorma' .....detailed notes: https://www.soundonsound.com/people/...classic-tracks
Old 7th December 2019
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French silk. Gorgeous.
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Recording Pavarotti with the Decca team, Kingsway Hall 1972, 'Nessun Dorma' .....detailed notes: https://www.soundonsound.com/people/...classic-tracks



Thank you for the links.


I have all those recordings. I just listened to them a bit now. They sound good.


Pavarotti got the God-given gift. What a voice and natural music instinct. I heard him live at Met at least ten times. It was exciting every time.



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I have all those recordings. I just listened to them a bit now. They sound good. Da-Hong
Yes, I point anyone who wants to experience great recorded Italian opera to those two Decca Karajan Pavarotti Freni recordings of Boheme (Berlin Phil) and Butterfly (Vienna Phil). I still haven't heard better in those two operas. The emotional drama of the final scenes, in particular, is profoundly moving, superb performances and sound.

Here is Butterfly about to kill herself, in front of her baby (Pinkerton's child), so tragic and powerful, and listen to Pavarotti (Pinkerton) come in to see her dead body at the end.
https://youtu.be/oiuBNRyiRNQ?t=1880

and here's the finale of Boheme.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU_Fyf61fZs

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In my opinion Pavarotti was pretty crap and I worked with him many times.
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