Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alfred Deller and Desmond Dupré - Have You Seen But the White Lily

It's always nice to discover a talent with which I was unfamiliar. Alfred Deller, here accompanied by his frequent collaborator Desmond Dupré on lute, was apparently the godfather of the countertenor revival a few decades back. His most important asset, while difficult to describe, is basically the same as the one possessed by Frank Sinatra: he sings the song, not the notes. There is a great deal of craft and skill on display here, but it is put at the service of emotion.

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