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Bryn to burble with Bocelli

May 23, 2018 by norman lebrecht

13 comments.


Details are being dribbled out about the forthcoming Classic Brit awards on June 13.

Among the latest highlights to be released is, wait for it, ‘the ultimate duet’ – Bryn Terfel with Andrea Bocelli.

Erm, it appears they’ve sung together before at the Brits, ten years ago.

But there’s also Katherine Jenkins, fresh back from childbirth.

And a 70th birthday feature for Andrew Lloyd Webber.

So who said there’s nothing new in classical music?


Comments (13)

  1. Caravaggio says:

    The very definition of cheesy.

  2. Petros Linardos says:

    Unlike the above clip, here is one of the Pearl Fishers duet with a real classical tenor – one of the greatest of the last century.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbAKWOemzjg

    1. V.Lind says:

      It’s a good ‘un.But for me, Bjoerling-Merrill is the ultimate — with Hvorostovsky/Kaufman the best-looking! (and not bad sounding, either).

      1. Petros LInardos says:

        Before writing my previous post I checked out the Bjorling-Merrill too. For me it was a close call between different gods, no less. If I could travel back in time, listening to Bjorling would be a priority: recordings failed to capture the beauty of his voice, according to Victoria de los Angeles.

      2. Sue says:

        Totally agree about Bjorling. And about the boy beauty line-up; still mourning the loss of DH.

  3. AMetFan says:

    Feels like a cheap suit.

  4. Richard Craig says:

    Vulgar,crass what moreneed be said

  5. Maria says:

    You’re all missing the point. The essential thing is not to appear elitist.

    In that respect, it should be monumentally successful.

    1. Sue says:

      Bingo. And singing with a handicapped person. That always appeals to the grievance, affirmative action crowd.

      1. Patricia says:

        Blind or not, I never liked his voice. Strain in the upper register, poor intonation. Where is Placido Domingo when we need him? And I really do like Bryn Terfel – must be my Welsh heritage- but he sometimes just brings me to tears when he sings.(Not Wagner. Never Wagner.)

        1. Petros LInardos says:

          I agree about Bocelli. Moreover, classical or not classical, I never found him that musical.

          As for disability, let’s compare with Quasthoff. He was a first class interpreter with a first class voice, who just happened to be disabled due to thalidomide. To his credit, he never wanted to play the disabled card.

    2. AMETFAN says:

      There is not being elitist and there is being a whore. I prefer to keep my dignity intact. If you’re going to mate with a pop singer, choose a good pop singer.

  6. Annie Claydon says:

    Wow Wow Wow to the video…superb..Botchelli is quite simply unique


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