The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99782 Message #1994772
Posted By: CET
12-Mar-07 - 06:21 PM
Thread Name: virtuosity and traditional music
Subject: RE: virtuosity and traditional music
I can think of some great classical singers who perform folk music without any condescension at all. Kathleen Ferrier and Kenneth McKellar are the finest examples I know of. Bryn Terfel has recorded some Welsh folk songs, although most of his repertoire is probably best described as concert music rather than folk. My current favourite is a Canadian soprano named Suzie Leblanc, who has recorded traditional Acadian songs. She has an absolutely pure, classically trained voice and her arrangements are entirely appropriate for the material.