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February 18, 2009

The future of music, Part II

The Bleeding Edge voice is going to have quite a work-out over the next few weeks. The South of the River Gospel Choir will be singing at Port Phillip Prison this Saturday (too bad the Justice Department doesn’t use Google Maps, rather than these directions) and in early March we’re doing a few gigs at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Shortly after that, CW will be attempting a particularly challenging assignment, singing the baritone part of Soave Sia Il Vento, one of Mozart’s greatest arias. Trying to hold the line with two soprano voices sweeping up and around you is by no means easy, particularly when the timing and breath control are so critical, and we were feeling less than confident after our first rehearsal on Friday afternoon.

We’ve found Spotify extraordinarily helpful. We did a search for Soave Sia Il Vento, and came up with no fewer than 29 different versions, sung by a range of artists including Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampel, Dame Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, etc.

Aside from getting a lot of clues about breathing (and some sad reminders that we’re no Bryn Terfel or Thomas Hampel), we’ve discovered the extraordinary range of interpretations of Mozart’s score, and the way even the greatest singers, including Bryn, can sometimes get the words wrong.

Posted by cw at February 18, 2009 08:59 AM

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Good luck! Mozart, while glorious, is not easy to perform. It's a gorgeous trio, one of my favourites.

Posted by: Frank at February 18, 2009 03:03 PM

A Last.FM search for "Soave Sia Il Vento" and again like Spotify you will for most tracks listed only get a 30 second preview as unless you are subscriber and live the US, the UK or Germany. You are locked out due to licensing issues with the 'Big4' labels.

I was quite surprised not to find any listings at archive.org as there is a great collection of music in the public domain at archive.org

Gig's at Port Fairy Folk Festival - You lucky... I missed out on the ballot for tickets 'again'

And as for 'Port Phillip Prison', enjoy that gig. Been there once, doing Y2K testing back when that was all the rage. Turned up in a suit & tie and had to check each PC in each of the central control station's in each block. WOW never walk inside a prison even with escorts each side of you in a 'suit' as everyone thinks you are a 'fed' and spits at you and abuses you in way you have never heard of before. And then they see you are doing something to the computers in each block and now multiply abuse level by 'x' factor.

Posted by: Stephen [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2009 03:53 PM

Next time, perhaps, you might wear jeans? :-)

Posted by: cw at February 18, 2009 04:21 PM

HA! Next time "Not in this lifetime" unless I become a resident!

Posted by: Stephen [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2009 04:30 PM