Comments: "Es Ist Vollbracht," with Marian Anderson

I'm not sure if that makes me a baroque snob, but i'm a sucker for HIP's. They are normally a lot more textured than your regular symphonic orchestra.
Having said that, i'm an even bigger sucker for anything that conveys true emotion. Music that calls solely to my intellect, i may find interesting, but leaves me cold.

I wonder what you make of this?
No instruments, i warn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-75Cdbe2VD8

Posted by l.rodrigues at July 29, 2009 04:34 AM

Andreas Scholl is an angel. Countertenors usually give me the heebie-jeebies (they sound like they're choking, to me), but the sound just flows out of him, pure and sweet. I particularly love him in this Vivaldi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1ywyRbaMHg

Thank you for the Marian Anderson.

Posted by Svensker at July 29, 2009 09:56 AM

Why is it always so important to mention that Gates is a Harvard Professor, lives in a nice neighborhood, or something of that sort? Does this social standing make what happened to him worse?

Posted by Marcus at July 29, 2009 11:13 AM

IR: Same here. I much prefer HIP for exactly the reason you say.

Svensker: In the Allegro, in particular, Scholl leaves all the others in the dust (eg, Chance, Blaze). He is in a class by himself.

Marcus: Not at all. I wrote Cambridge just so that when blog scholars read this, decades from now, they'll know what incident I was referring to. No hidden meaning there.

Posted by Bernard Chazelle at July 29, 2009 12:25 PM

Hi Blog Scholars!

That really is spectacularly lovely music. I think I'll send a CD to my momma.

Posted by N E at July 30, 2009 02:43 PM