My son, Mark, is planning to study voice at UNC School of the Arts in the fall. He has interest in singing countertenor. My exposure to countertenors was limited to Gene Puerling‘s work with the Hi-Lo’s and Singers Unlimited. I had heard no classical singers in this range.
Mark and I found great examples on YouTube of fantastic singers including David Daniels, James Bowman and several others. This recording of Phillipe Jaroussky stands out. I love his timbre and his facility with ornamentation. The chamber group is outstanding. Give this one a listen and let me know what you think!
I came home from a quick trip out of town late this evening to find the house filled with young musicians. My son, Mark, was rehearsing a string quartet for his upcoming recital. He had transcribed a piano accompaniment of G. Caccini’s version of “Ave Maria”. Mark will be singing Countertenor on this selection.
Adding a bass, piano and classical guitar, they also sight-read a medley of songs from Les Miserables which included “I Dreamed a Dream” as an instrumental featuring my student Michaela on soprano saxophone and “Stars” with Mark singing Baritone.
First of all, this is no ordinary high school string quartet. The 1st Violinist and the Cellist both study at Peabody Conservatory. The sophomore Violist placed very well in the NC Honors Orchestra even as an underclassman. Awards and accolades abound for all these players. The ensemble was glorious.
Aside from the skill level of the musicians, it warms my heart to have people create art in my home, and I am privileged to be witness to it. Bravo, young artists. Bravo!