What are your favourite songs


#144

Here is Vallon sonore (Echoing valley), from Berlioz’ Les Troyens (The Trojans). High up in the crows’ nest, the homesick sailor Hylas sings of his fatherland, which, unbeknownst to him, he will never see again.


#145

The multi-talented Karen Carpenter. Her tragic death was the loss of a beautiful, unique voice.

The original Temptations!


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#150

Here is Where the bee sucks, one of Ariel’s songs from The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final play. The singer is Emma Kirkby.


#151

Here is Robert Johnson’s lute song ‘Have you seen but the white lily grow?’, performed by soprano Julianne Baird and lutenist Ronn McFarlane. The song is in three verses, and in each verse Miss Baird’s added embellishments increase in floridity and emotion, until by the end of the song their bittersweet, affecting quality will break your heart.


#152

Today’s earworm: Chad and Jeremy. So young, talented, and bashful.


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#155

Here is La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair), the eighth prelude from the first book of preludes by Claude Debussy. The artist is Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.


#156

#157

Here is a scene from The Magic Flute, Mozart’s final opera. The wicked Queen of Night is enraged that her daughter shows signs of wanting to join the peace-loving community led by the wise Sarastro. Beside herself with fury, she threatens to disown the girl should Sarastro not die at her hands. The artist is Diana Damrau.


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#159

my 7th favorite song…Manhattan


#160

Nice grouping. My preference is Ella by far.


#161

The original version by Dandy Livingston is good, too.


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#163

Hank Williams Sr., “Dust on the Bible.”


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