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    From a recent concert we gave.

    Dear all,

    Been rather busy recently, this is the reason why:

    https://app.box.com/s/fq3h729a4wp07rws69qn

    It's the Ave Maria from Verdi's Otello, with my dear wife, Susanne, singing Desdemona's last aria.
    It was recorded in front of an audience in the little church at Roxton, North Bedfordshire, UK.
    The end of the piece is masked by the too soon intervention of the audiences applause.
    Sorry for the 'noises off'.

    Hope it meets with your approval.

    Kind regards,
    John.
    Author of MIDI tutorials at http://midi-tutor.proboards.com/index.cgi

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    Re: From a recent concert we gave.

    John, thanks for the posting, just lovely singing.
    Please forgive my ignorance, but the orchestra is ..? MIDI?

    Thanks again...

    Ted

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    Re: From a recent concert we gave.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedvanya View Post
    John, thanks for the posting, just lovely singing.
    Please forgive my ignorance, but the orchestra is ..? MIDI?

    Thanks again...

    Ted
    Er? Hrrumph!

    Umm, actually there were several pieces in the concert with my GPO4 rendered accompaniments but, as it happens, (blush) not actually that one. (A purchased commercial track I'm afraid.)

    But I am working on the MIDI one of this.

    But, yes, lovely voice.

    Thanks for responding, Ted.
    John.
    Author of MIDI tutorials at http://midi-tutor.proboards.com/index.cgi

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    Hope it meets with your approval.
    Approved.
    And what a good pronunciation of Italian your wife has!
    Fabio
    Arrigo Beyle / Milanese / Lived, wrote, loved -- Stendhal
    Being Italian is a full-time job -- B. Severgnini

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    Love the work, and my oh my, what a voice...Contralto? Mezzo? It sounds so deep... love the sound!

    Applause, applause!

    Best regards,
    Bill
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    Re: From a recent concert we gave.

    This is the kind of music and performance I always want to start the new week with. A lovely voice. My compliments to your wife. Many thanks of bringing this.

    Raymond

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    Re: From a recent concert we gave.

    My goodness,

    Thank you Fabio, Bill and Raymond,

    Quote Originally Posted by fabiolcati View Post
    Approved.
    And what a good pronunciation of Italian your wife has!
    So pleased it received your approval, Fabio.
    Thank you for the compliment. My wife, when I told her, was absolutely delighted, nay, overjoyed.
    Self confidence is an issue here.

    She has a PhD in French from Bonn university, and speaks fluent English, better than most people here in the UK I have to admit.
    She sings in English, French, Italian, Latin, Czech, Yiddish, German (of course) ... have I left any out? Probably!
    Her main job is as a translator and teacher of languages. Singing is 'just' her hobby.

    Quote Originally Posted by wrayer View Post
    Love the work, and my oh my, what a voice...Contralto? Mezzo? It sounds so deep... love the sound!

    Applause, applause!
    Yes, the aria always raises goose pimples with me.
    The thought that Desdemona makes her final prayer then Othello enters and strangles her to death, incensed by Iago, is somehow always in the back of my mind. It affects me so much that sometimes I am almost unable to do my job as sound engineer, and then introduce the next piece.

    Susanne (pronounced 'Zuzanner') calls her voice Mezzo or Alto.
    Some years ago it was definitely in the Soprano range, but following hyperthyroidism and radio-active therapy to destroy the thyroid, her voice has deepened. Sadly the top range has gone (how I miss 'Si, mi chiamano Mimi'), the high Cs and Ds, but thankfully replaced with a deeper low range and a timbre that is one in a million. (No, I'm not biased, much! )

    This has one wonderful advantage, there are so many alto arias from the Bach cantatas, and an all new repertoire to experiment with.
    Susanne asks: "If you have something you'd like me to sing ... ?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    This is the kind of music and performance I always want to start the new week with. A lovely voice. My compliments to your wife. Many thanks of bringing this.
    Me too!
    It starts my everyday.
    Can you imagine that?
    I'm listening, as I type, to her practising 'Connais-tu le pays' from Mignon by Amboise Thomas.
    Unbelievable that such a sound and so much volume can emanate from a veritable 'Pixie'.

    I have passed on your compliments.
    She thanks you profusely and wishes you "all the best in your endeavours too."

    So delighted you all enjoyed it.
    I'm currently sorting through a backlog of several Gigabytes of concert recordings of German Volklieder and Classical repertoire.
    Talk about being in heaven (metaphorically speaking of course!)

    Kind regards,
    John.

    As a 'thank you' to you all, here is one to end your day with.
    https://app.box.com/s/sw5grdloqjik9x7pup7b
    Being 'Abendsegen' from Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck.
    Recorded whilst practising at home singing a sotto voce.
    Author of MIDI tutorials at http://midi-tutor.proboards.com/index.cgi

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    A timbre that is one in a million.
    +1

    Susanne asks: "If you have something you'd like me to sing ... ?"
    Vergnügte Ruh! beliebte Seelenlust! BWV 170
    Fabio
    Arrigo Beyle / Milanese / Lived, wrote, loved -- Stendhal
    Being Italian is a full-time job -- B. Severgnini

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiolcati View Post
    +1

    Vergnügte Ruh! beliebte Seelenlust! BWV 170
    Ah!
    Good choice, Fabio.
    What a lovely aria that is, certainly one of our favourites too.

    It's on my list of orchestral accompaniments to create for Susanne. I have the printed conductor's score beside me.

    I'm in the middle of creating, and Susanne is practising, Mozart's 'Una donna di quindici anni' at the moment.
    In the meantime I shall post another Bach alto aria, if you don't mind, that she performed very recently.

    I shall add the link to this post just as soon as I've extracted it from the half hour's concert and made an mp3 from it.
    Very soon, promise.

    Regards,
    John.

    Added later:
    Aha! I see that I'm some way into creating BWV170 already, but it was put on the shelf for another concert item.
    At least it is all notated and, as far as I recall, all the figured bass realised.

    Here is a piece from a concert the previous month showing her soprano voice.
    'Ach, bleib bei uns Herr Jesu Christ.' from BWV6.
    This time, as I recall, it's my orchestral realisation.
    The sound isn't perfect I'm afraid. I misjudged the recording level and you can hear some distortion and 'ducking'.
    https://app.box.com/s/39i7rd7jcsbd1j3fx2x0


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