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Classical Dvorak - Song to the Moon - Bari Sax

Wade Cornell

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This is something I'm very familiar with. It's a gorgeous song sung by a soprano in the opera. To hear it on a baritone reminds me of Fantasia's scene with the hippos dancing in tutus. I know that they are taking this seriously, and he's a good player, yet the "spitty" sound and timbre are just wrong. Here's a pretty good performance:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHM3zMBQxTQ
 

nigeld

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I enjoyed it!
I'm usually a musical snob, but I didn't have any preconceptions about what it ought to sound like.
 

kevgermany

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I've never got on with the sound of sopranos voices. Nasal, shrieky, just grates for me. Quite liked the Bari version. Lovely tune, must download the tenor version.
 

Hipparion

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I liked both version presented in this thread.

I found the singer version contains a sense of emergency/drama which is absent from the baritone interpretation (yet still present in the piano part); the baritone expresses only sadness/nostalgia.

Depending on the author intent with that specific piece, the bari version could be OT.
Or one could just consider it as another interpretation for the same music (after all, remove the lyrics and the piece of music can be interpreted completely differently with no actual loss, except for those who know it so well that they expect it sound one way, and only that way). ;)
 
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I've never got on with the sound of sopranos voices. Nasal, shrieky, just grates for me. Quite liked the Bari version. Lovely tune, must download the tenor version.
Neither have I - but I like Grace Davidson, because she's not like that. Singing here with Christian Forshaw on soprano sax. I may have uploaded this before - if so apologies to all!
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRtpzz8BbSg
 

tenorviol

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The issue I suspect a lot of people have with the 'operatic' soprano voice is the heavy vibrato, especially in the big romantic Italian repertoire (ie. Verdi). It's a sound I don't particularly like. I much prefer singers like Emma Kirkby

View: https://youtu.be/gtRxwSDzKtc
 
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