From the Library: Vocal Magic

In today’s From the Library pro­gramme, we present a selec­tion of music from the Mid­dle Ages to the present time with one thing in com­mon: they fea­ture the human voice. From the music of the trou­ba­dours to Adiemus; from Tallis motets to Lib­era; from Baroque choral music of South Amer­i­ca to Enri­co Caru­so.

In fact the Caru­so record­ing is an inter­est­ing one to pick on in the midst of such a wide-rang­ing pro­gramme. This, and the oth­er vin­tage record­ings in the show today (there are a dozen or two) are tak­en from the Nim­bus Records Pri­ma Voce series, in which the orig­i­nal 78rpm discs, instead of being cap­tured direct with super-high-tech replay gear and dig­i­tal sig­nal pro­cess­ing, are played back as they were intend­ed – on a spe­cial­ly-con­struct­ed (and rather large) horn gramo­phone with thorn nee­dles (an exten­sion of some of the gramo­phones of the 1930s) – and record­ed with a spe­cial micro­phone that picks up the whole thing in sur­round sound believe it or not. Thus you get the very best from the record­ings. You can read more about the process here.

But these are just a small part of today’s pro­gramme. There is much more. Like the King’s Singers tack­ling Lennon & McCart­ney… we could go on. Over­all, a vast and var­ied col­lec­tion of vocal music for your delec­ta­tion and plea­sure. Lis­ten and enjoy.

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library; today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to it on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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