Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In celebration of the day, I’d like to take a moment to wish you all the luck of the Irish and I tip my cap to you.
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.
There’s nothing I like more in classical/traditional music than a lovely Irish tenor. Tenors in general are the neglected vocal part. It tears me apart when the altos are recruited to sing tenor. The timbre can be so very different.
Well, before I have a flashback and lapse into musically technical terms, let me give you what you came here for.
Danny Boy: Placido Domingo & Itzhak Perlman
Domingo has a pleasant timbre and his phrasing. I feel that this version is a little rushed, as Danny Boy, to me was a song of mourning. Domingo takes it a little too quickly and his phrasing is a little bumpy. However, he does make up for it by hitting “here” in “It’s I’ll be here”, without resorting to falsetto. Not my super favorite, but doable. ....