Music of the Gods: "The most famous tenor ever, bar none, and, together with Enrico Caruso, the most influential"

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-07-06 23:37

Edifying Unintended Consequences of KASS Singing

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"My music has always been a little hard to define. It’s rooted in more classically inspired pop music. In the 1960s, 1950s and 1940s there was a much more full, rich, fluid style of singing, everything from Johnny Mathis to Mario Lanza. I generally shy away from saying it’s opera or classical, out of respect for that music. It’s a more traditional pop music that people aren’t used to today. Emotionally, a lot of the stuff I do is romantic. I tell the guys who come to my shows, “This is two hours of a very long night.” Wink wink, nudge nudge. I’m the amuse-bouche, if you will…"

Not just The Three Tenors

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Priscilla Presley in Rolling Stone on Elvis and Mario:

"This is the album I think he always would have wanted to do," Priscilla Presley, the singer's former wife, caretaker of Presley’s estate and an executive producer on If I Can Dream, tells Rolling Stone. "The label would have never allowed him to have an orchestra. And if it was up to [manager] Colonel Parker, he would have had Elvis just singing — no background, no nothing. I think we have given him the freedom here to experiment with all the orchestras he would have loved in the pieces."

Priscilla, who is seated in the Manhattan conference room of Sony, the label putting out the album, asserts that Elvis was actually a big classical music and opera fan. "When he'd see a band on television, he'd get up and imitate the maestro and get serious," she says. Elvis, she says, greatly admired opera singers like Mario Lanza and Caruso. "He loved their drama, their voices, their power," she says. "When you hear 'It's Now or Never,' that's Mario Lanza." He was also especially fond of the 1924 operetta The Student Prince, a work over which Elvis and Priscilla bonded. "That's how we got together, basically," she says. "He couldn't believe a 14-year-old kid had seen The Student Prince and loved Mario Lanza. He was fascinated by that."

Fabulous. I've long enjoyed

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I've long enjoyed Bjorling. Excellent stuff.


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Thank you for posting, I enjoyed this greatly. And I'm surprised he brought up so many that I'm now familiar with. The technical singing aspect - "cultured shouting" - is new to me. Wunderlich, Bjorling, Lanza, Vickers, Florez, Pavarotti. Wow.

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