Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Philippe Jaroussky sings Offenbach? (with Natalie Dessay)

I was listening to beginning of this performance of the Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann and thinking, "Oh, he's doing it as a solo. Wouldn't it be cool if..." and then Natalie Dessay wandered in and started singing, too. Now I was actually thinking about Max Emanuel Cencic singing the alto part and PJ moving up to soprano, but yeah. This works too. I also like the chamber-sized salon music arrangement. 

I'm glad that PJ is branching out beyond the standard counter-tenor/sopranist repertoire. I'm sure he's doing it mostly for his own artistic growth and benefit, but it also gives his many (many, many) fanboys and fangirls more ways to hear and see him sing. And that’s a good thing.

Offenbach – Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle

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