Andreas Scholl

Andreas Scholl: A Musicall Banquet

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Entitled A Musical Banquet, this recital by countertenor Andreas Scholl is one more irritating disc in a series of annoying discs by one of the most affected and porfoundly emasculated of the contemporary crop of countertenors. Essentially the highlights of Robert Dowland's collection of lute songs bearing the same name, Scholl's recording is as vapid and void as it is frail and feeble. Scholl's tone is so attenuated as to be nearly inaudible and his expression is so eviscerated as to be all but imperceptible. And in Elizabethan lute songs, songs with titles like "In darkness let me dwell" and "Must I then die," such emotional coyness is hardly appropriate much less justifiable. While there might be good musicological reasons why Scholl should sing with a dull and listless expression and such a fragile and weak tone, those reasons are why musicology is bunk. If being a countertenor means having to renounce any but the most exenterated means of expression, you can keep it.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:01 Amazon
2 02:53 Amazon
3 04:19 Amazon
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4 04:58 Amazon
5 02:20 Amazon
6 04:27 Amazon
7 03:52 Amazon
8 02:50 Amazon
9 01:52 Amazon
10 02:45 Amazon
11 03:17 Amazon
12 05:07 Amazon
13 02:30 Amazon
14 03:56 Amazon
15 03:02 Amazon
16 02:52 Amazon
17 02:25 Amazon
18 03:15 Amazon
19 03:03 Amazon
20 02:15 Amazon
21 02:18 Amazon
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