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Speaking of boy sopranos

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:55 pm

I don't wish to appear to be obsessed by this topic, but this, which I have posted before, is extraordinary. Given what we know about Bach's own dissatisfaction with the talent available to him, he would have levitated three meters out if his seat to hear a performance like this from his unique and wondrous cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden. Note the apparent insouciance of the boys, who plainly think it just normal to sing like that. Note in addition that they are not German, but sing in perfect German, something American choir boys almost never accomplish. Finally, ignore the fact that for some reason this YouTube skips to the last chorale movement. There are many movements in between and I have no idea why this performance appears to omit them.


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Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Post by Mookalafalas » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:12 am

Both lovely and phenomenal.
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Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Post by stenka razin » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:42 pm

Beautiful........! 8)


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Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Post by barney » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:34 pm

ho hum. I thought the cellist rather good. :mrgreen:

just kidding.

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Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:58 pm

barney wrote:ho hum. I thought the cellist rather good. :mrgreen:

just kidding.
Actually the one relative weakness of the performance is that it is a much plainer realization of the figured bass than we can imagine Bach himself making. By accounts, he turned them into full-blown spontaneous compositions. Here is a better one by Karl Richter (it is not what you see in the score, and the performance incorrectly follows the old custom of using entire chorus sections instead of soloists. But it is quite a lovely realization.


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Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Post by SONNET CLV » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:09 am

Re: Speaking of boy sopranos
jbuck919 wrote:I don't wish to appear to be obsessed by this topic ...

Obsessions with boy sopranos have landed folks in jail. Be careful out there.

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