On Sep 21, 4:54 pm, "CHSIII" <chs...
Well, you know I really respect your viewpoint on singers. I don't
think I hear her execution as being 'free' - I am all for that - but
I don't hear at musical at all. I don't hear it within the context of
any melos. I think Chaliapin goes to about the edge of what I accept
(and he's pretty free), but somehow he seems 'educated', and this,
entirely subjectively to me, seems uneducated and willful. I am sure
she has lots of ancestors - some of those Handel ladies in particular
- but it feels like that to me. I hear the slovenliness in the vowel
alterations, which to me seem Sutherland like (although I agree with
your general point) and just not having a very clean or refined style.
Exuberance is a wonderful word for her, and I wonder if that isn't
what it wasn't all about with her, It had to be a big voice, and it
carried a lot before it, but I am not sure I would highlight the style
as much as the exuberance. I think she was a simple soul (although her
voice manual is not) and kind of uncomplicated in her appetites - not
necesary to go into here - and that conveyed itself impressively in
the way she sang. It is remarkable how 'open' the throat sounds when
she sings - that is maybe THE most techinically impressive thing about
her....she is never tight or constricted. But for me it doesn't hit
it at all. An amazing mechanism, yes. Having said that, and admired
the natural flair, I find little to make me want to hear her. All
taste, I think.