This is the aria that made me fall in love with opera. I first heard a small piece of this in the movie Driving Miss Daisy while Jessica Tandy is working in her garden. Pieces of music have a way of staying with me and this recording featuring Frederica von Stade...
Reynaldo Hahn: Infidélité
The final line of this Reynaldo Hahn piece is what makes this recording with Susan Graham a masterclass in phrasing.
Lehár: Meine Lippen, die küssen so heiß
In addition to piano and conducting I had the pleasure of studying voice as a countertenor. While I would never perform "Meine Lippen" in public, I used to love singing it in my apartment during graduate school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ry59x1R8u8
Haydn: With Verdure Clad
The vitality in the voice of Emma Kirkby is something that makes me smile every time her recordings come on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqKGFtTGUXY
Clara Schumann: Liebst du um Schönheit
Clara Schumann’s lied are some of my favorite pieces to collaborate on with vocalists. Every piece is a study in elegance and romantic expression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSJzTbHcp2Q
Noël Coward: If Love Were All
Judy Garland set the bar for every performer to follow. Every time I’m working with young singers on iconic American repertoire I have them listen to Judy’s recordings. Every recording of Judy Garland serves as a masterclass in style. ...