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27 Apr 2009

In Brooding Lieder, Gentleness and Drama

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/arts/music/27pape.html?ref=music

By Allan Kozinn [NY Times, 26 April 2009]

By its nature the bass voice is better suited for melancholy music than for cheerful, celebratory works. You can find exceptions — the bass part in the Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Leporello’s Catalogue Aria from “Don Giovanni,” for example — but a sepulchral growl, room-shaking power and a dark, soulful coloration are the truest hallmarks of a great bass, and composers are drawn to those qualities for the naturalness with which they evoke desolation, melancholia and terror.

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