Mezzogregory has passed the music meme baton to me, and I’m only too happy to oblige. Memes, so they say, are for fifteen year old girls. Well it’s not that long since I was a fifteen year old girl, so I can participate guilt-free. Here goes.
Total volume of music on your computer?
2.98GB. Which isn’t much apparently. And that’s everything – not just opera but also Marlene, Judy, Dusty, Petula, Ella, Catherine Deneuve et al. Most of my CDs remain as CDs – the music on my computer was acquired by other means.
Last CD you bought?
The last two CDs I bought came together via Trademe: a Nozze di Figaro highlights disc with Karita Mattila, Marie McLaughlin, Lucio Gallo and others, conducted by Zubin Mehta; and Opera Pieces, a CD by Simon O’Neill and Ursula Allan, who were Victoria University’s Tower Opera Scholars. It’s, shall we say, underwhelming. However even more recently I picked up a stack of LPs at the Regent Theatre’s 24 Hour 2nd hand book sale:
Marian Anderson, Songs at Eventide; Kathleen Ferrier, Songs of the British Isles; Leontyne Price, Christmas Songs; Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Beverly Sills in Traviata; Joan Sutherland Sings Handel; and a Carmen starring Amazing Grace. Now I really must get the record player fixed…
Song currently playing?
‘O, jag’ dem Glück nicht nach’ from Kalman’s Die Csardasfürstin. I bought this in Auckland in April and still haven’t heard it all the way through. But it came with a sticker on the cover which really ought to be attached to my heart as well –
She’s so good…and so bad for me…
Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me?
"Mesiku na nebi hlubokem", Rusalka’s Song to the Moon, performed by Lucia Popp. Lucia occupies a very special place in my heart. Beyond criticism, beyond fleeting fixations, beyond words. My love for Lucia is unconditional, and I listen to her as I listen to no other singer. Nobody has been more important in the formation of my devotion to opera. And when she sings this aria the world stops.
"Dear Mr Gable (You Made Me Love You)", performed by Judy Garland. The beauty and talent of this woman will never be equalled. I could have chosen any song. But it’s all there in this one: the humour, the sensitivity, the vulnerability and above all, the incredible voice. (Plus, I can recite the spoken section by heart. My one and only talent.)
"Baby Now That I’ve Found You", performed by Alison Krauss. Alison is the only living, working, non-classical singer to inspire true devotion in me. Straight from heaven. She is sublime. This is the title track of the CD which introduced me to Alison many many years ago. You cannot hear it and fail to fall in love with her.
"Beim Schlafengehen", from Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder. Performed by n’importe qui. Just looking at the music for it is almost enough.
"Mach dich, mein Herze, rein" from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Shattering, and perfect.
Five people to whom I’m passing the baton?