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GoneBaroque
Apr-06-2012, 02:34
The announcement of the retirement of German Bass-Baritone Thomas Quasthoff came as a shock and disappointment to many of us. In this interview he speaks to Speigel Online about his retirement, his career and life.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,825717,00.html

Nikam
Apr-06-2012, 15:40
What a lot there is of interest in his interview. Thanks for posting GB; had never heard of Thomas Quasthoff before.

GoneBaroque
Apr-07-2012, 05:20
Nikam - Thomas Quasthoff is, in my not terribly humble opinion, the top ranking baritone of his generation. His severe physical handicap has preventing from appearing only rarely in opera, but he has made his mark in concerts, recordings and teaching. Here are two sides of this magnificent singer.

First in an aria from Bach's Christmas Oratorio


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcEcO5XOzQM


And one the other side of the spectrum he aften included some Jazz in his recitals.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAKpJWI30HA