Singers of the Century

Singers of the Century

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by J. B. Steane
     
 

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(Amadeus). The subjects of this third volume range from survivors of the so-called Golden Age of the 1890s, such as the formidable Lotte Lehman, to those whom the 20th century has bequeathed to the 21st, such as Cecilia Bartoli and Ian Bostridge. This is a personal selection that includes many of the great names, including Melchior, heldentenor of the century, and… See more details below

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(Amadeus). The subjects of this third volume range from survivors of the so-called Golden Age of the 1890s, such as the formidable Lotte Lehman, to those whom the 20th century has bequeathed to the 21st, such as Cecilia Bartoli and Ian Bostridge. This is a personal selection that includes many of the great names, including Melchior, heldentenor of the century, and Gigli, the most popular Italian singer of his generation. The entire series (for this is the final volume) ends with a chapter on Caruso, still widely regarded as the greatest of all.Steane's critical essays seek out the special qualities of each singer and relate them to wider concerns in music and in life. His eloquent descriptions of the nuances of the vocal art are wonderful examples of the best kind of music appreciation. HARDCOVER.

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The third in a series of volumes that collects vignettes on the life, times, and art of famous singers. Rather than presenting bland endorsements of well-established reputations, Steane (who writes for several music magazines) offers critical essays that seek out the singers' special qualities and relate them to wider concerns in music and life. Examples range from the formidable Lilli Lehman, who survived the golden age of the 1890s, to 20th-century artists like Caruso, still widely regarded as the greatest of them all. Most of the national schools are represented. The book contains many b&w photographs. Several chapters first appeared in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781574670578
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Singers of the Century Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
1,494,679
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.92(d)

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