In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Various Artists: Countertenors

Song NameComposer
Never Weather-Beaten SaileCampion
Sorrow Stay: Can She Excuse My Wrongs?Dowland
Flow My TearsDolwland
Since I First Saw Your FaceFord
Sound The Trumpet; O Dive CustosHenry Purcell
Strike the Viol; Evening HymnHenry Purcell
Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell Blow
Cantata BWV 170Johann Sebastian Bach
Cum DederitVivaldi
Stabat MaterPergolesi
Ombra Mai Fu (Xerxes)George Frideric Handel
Dove Sei; Civi Tiranno (Rodelinda)George Frideric Handel
When I Was One-and-Twenty Butterworth
Is My Team Ploughing?Butterworth

An LWT South Bank Show, presented by Melvyn Bragg, exploring the phenomenon of countertenor singing With its unique, soaring beauty, the high male voice is today enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. Heirs to the celebrated castrati of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, today's countertenors produce their voices by wholly natural means. In this program international stars Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl and James Bowman, as well as pop star Jimmy Somerville, shed light on the appeal of the male falsetto. Meanwhile, experts such as Michael White place today's countertenors in their historical context. What emerges is a compelling portrayal of an unmistakable vocal style, rooted in church and operatic tradition, yet completely up-to-date, resonating louder today than at any time in the last two hundred years. Following the South Bank Show is a 70-minute program of specially recorded performance material, showcasing the extraordinary talents of today's most popular countertenors.

Item code: 6433DVD | DVD | $19.95 |add item to cart
Opera  | Male

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