Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Philippe Jaroussky, I still love you. But....

I have always loved countertenors. I don't know why (and I don't especially want to hear anyone else's theories on the matter), but there it is. I love the repertoire, I love the sound, I love the technique. Surely it is not unrelated to my being a hard-core Anglophile.

A few years ago I was sent a CD by the amazing Jakub Józef Orliński to review. My life was in turmoil at the time, so it never happened, although I do recall that listening to this recording gave me great joy. For some reason, I now find lots and lots of this gorgeous young man's YouTube videos recommended to me by the Almighty Google Algorithm. I don't mind. Just listen to this!

Could there be anything better?

I have since found many amazing recordings, and I must say the fact that he's so easy on the eyes does not hurt his case. Observe:

But you know what's even better? He's young and dynamic is and is drawing more young people into the concert hall and opera house. Even if his singing sucked, which it certainly doesn't, I would say Bravo! for that kind of success.

I probably no longer have the CD I was sent several years ago, but I can say this: I have never heard a recording of this man's singing that did not leave me with delight at both the sound and the artistry. I can only recommend that you seek his recordings and videos and witness for yourselves. 

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