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Dorsetmike
Dec-14-2011, 16:38
Having sung countertenor for many years (from age 20 through 40, a voice that I appeared to have inherited from my father), having read a bit many counter tenors sing falsetto i.e. outside their "modal voice" others of us have shorter vocal chords, or the voice does not break in the usual way so we are not using falsetto.

I have always had an interest in hearing others and have picked out a few youtube performances.

First a Japanese with (in my opinion) a beautiful voice, Yoshikazu Mera with Solveig's song followed by Greensleeves, then Ombra Mai Fu


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tedveFK0e8&feature=fvst


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv0J1e9ArVg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNbbVHnTecw&feature=fvst

Dorsetmike
Dec-14-2011, 16:51
Next Phillipe Jaroussky from France with a Vivaldi aria, followed by Fauré's Pie Jesu, and to compare to others Ombra Mai Fu


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zQX2XqAE8c


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTf14maKtT8


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8aqRtNpgE4

Dorsetmike
Dec-14-2011, 17:02
Now David Daniels with Vivaldi's 'Barbaro Traditor', followwed by Purcell's "Sweeter than Roses" and "Ombra Mai Fu"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRdykK-Pa-s


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySXA9lP6yJE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suZrhT-3yes

Dorsetmike
Dec-14-2011, 17:35
Andreas Scholl, first off get ready for a few tears, Purcell "When I am Laid in Earth", Bach, Agnus Dei from Bminor mass, and Ombra Mai Fu.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRLOpsNJgYE&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdLCcQixNvg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XH-58eB8c

Corno Dolce
Dec-14-2011, 19:49
Hi Mike,

What a "Weepie" the Agnus Dei was - I went through a whole box of kleenex because of it........

wljmrbill
Dec-15-2011, 08:19
Very much enjoyed your selections of the countertenor. The Scholl's singing of Agnus Dei was heavenly and as My friend already stated. "Ombra mai fu" is one of my all time favorites.I have a friend who is a countertenor and is a professor as well as tours at the Conservatory in Moscow. Thanks for posting.

Corno Dolce
Dec-16-2011, 18:06
I wonder if Andreas Scholl is not the "Countertenor of the Century" - I mean, that dude has so much musicianship........

Dorsetmike
Dec-16-2011, 18:59
I think the other three possibly have a greater range, especially Jaroussky but it's a hard to draw a line between all af them in my opinion.

GoneBaroque
Apr-06-2012, 02:21
Countertenor David Daniels sings Victor Hely-Hutchinson's "Old Mother Hubbard" in the style of Handel to the delight of the audience and us.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OusiSrGWUE

GoneBaroque
May-28-2012, 07:29
A bit early for this but 31 May marks the Centenary of the birth of Alfred Deller who did much bring the countertenor voice to a wider public attention. In commemoration he appears in three duets with his son Mark. In the two selections by Henry Purcell and John Blow they are accompanied by Desmond Dupre.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5HcakhyPB4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS-IBVbBTQQ

And in three pieces by Heinrich Schutz they are accompanied by Gustav and Marie Leonhardt on organ and violin and Robert Scheiwein on cello.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5OGosO8yPE