The closing ceremonies reminded me how much I love Annie Lennox’s voice. In high school, I would listen to her Diva and Medusa albums over and over again.
If you thought this ABBA song couldn’t get any cheesier, you were wrong.
Noah Stewart has an absolutely beautiful voice and gorgeous control, but the song arrangements on this album leave much to be desired. They’re definitely tailored to the demographic that loves Charlotte Church pledge programs on PBS (if you get my meaning, which I’m sure you do). I guess it’s okay for an intro album, and there are a couple tracks that escape the corniness (his take on “Recondita Armonia” and “Shenandoah” especially), but here’s hoping he releases something less sappy (and more straight-up operatic, perhaps?) next time.
Anyway, here’s an interview he did with NPR in June about the album.
More With Anne Midgette on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (by PBSNewsHour)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schumann’s “Du bist wie eine Blume.” So soft, simple, plaintive and beautiful.
Sad news. In college, I would listen to his “Du bist wie eine blume” on repeat. It’s still one of my favorites.
“She has stories, plenty of them, to tell, and takes her time while choosing from an impressive catalog of music to provide every intimate detail.” - BlogCritics.org, Michael Bialas, April 29, 2009.
“Nearing the end of a lengthy tour run promoting the August 2008 release of The Works, which pairs her music with the words of, Brooke made each of the 250 patrons at the sold-out venue feel like they were getting a one-to-one sitdown with a remarkably accomplished singer/songwriter/entrepreneur/collaborator/ commentator.” - BlogCritics.org, Michael Bialas, April 29, 2009.
At 8:30pm tonight, join Jonatha Brooke at The Allen Room, Broadway at 60th street, to celebrate the songs of Woody Guthrie and new songs of her own with special guest, singer/songwriter Dar Williams.
I’ve been a fan of Jonatha Brooke’s since a friend introduced me to The Story in high school.