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Grom Pobedy (The Thunder of Victory). Valaam Ensemble

Add to EJ Playlist  An old a capella Russian soldiers' song performed by the Valaam Ensemble against a backdrop of contemporary Russian patriotic paintings. Can you believe the basso profundo (Vladimir Miller)? How low CAN he go?!

Bozhe Tsarya Khrani! (God, Save the Tsar!). Valaam Ensemble

Add to EJ Playlist  An a capella version of the old tsarist anthem sung by the Valaam Ensemble. It is accompanied by portraits of the Romanov dynasty in chronological order from Tsar Pyotr Veliki forward to Tsarevich St Aleksei Nikolaevich.

Ura! Nash Konno-Grenadersky Polk! Valaam Ensemble

Add to EJ Playlist  A Russian soldiers' song of the 18th century accompanied by Russian patriotic paintings depicting that period. In English, the title is "Hurrah! Our Horse Grenadier Regiment!" It is performed a capella by the Valaam Ensemble.

Molitva Russkikh (The Prayer of the Russians). Valaam Ens

Add to EJ Playlist  The first national anthem of Russia, set to the tune of "God Save the King". It is sung a capella by the Valaam Ensemble, accompanied by 19th century Russian patriotic art.

Valaam Choir, We Magnify Thee, Serbian Chant

Add to EJ Playlist  The St. Petersburg Valaam Metochion Choir sings "We Magnify Thee, O Lifegiver Christ..." (Serbian Chant) at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC, 2002

Boris Christoff - Song of the Volga Boatmen

Add to EJ Playlist  The incredible voice of Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff singing the Song of the Volga Boatmen. London, 1959.

Boris Christoff - Gounod - Faust - Le veau d'or

Add to EJ Playlist  The great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff sings Mephistopheles (Le veau d'or)

Mihaly Szekely- Ha! Wie will ich triumphieren (in Hungarian)

Add to EJ Playlist  Mihaly Szekely (1901-1963) Does anyone remember the marvelous Hungarian bass Mihaly Szekely? He was highly acclaimed during his career, which took him abroad regularly, including the MET (where he first appeared as Hunding in 1947), Bolshoi Theater, and Glyndebourne. The reason for his popularity becomes clear when one listens to his recordings. The voice, a magnificently plump, rolling basso profondo, is coupled with a keen intelligence and innate dignity of utterance that immediately place him in the top echelon of singers. Indeed, he stands firmly alongside Shtokolov and Reizen in my estimation. Szekely was quite a stylish Mozartean, well-aided by the purity and smoothness of his sound. These qualities are clearly present in this recording of Osmin's 3rd act aria, 'Ha! Wie will ich triumphieren' (sung in Hungarian), from Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail". Szekely's Osmin is a full-blooded character, neither too crusty or buffoonish, and quite convincing at that. Recorded in 1959, he is accompanied by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra led by Janos Ferencsik. Szekely also left a complete recording of the role, under Otto Klemperer, formerly available on the Urania label.

We Praise Thee, St Petersburg Chamber Choir

Add to EJ Playlist  St Petersburg Chamber Choir 'We Praise Thee' (from the Russian Liturgy) Music by Pavel G. Chesnokov (1877-1944) Nikolai Korniev, conductor

Bass Low Notes - Standard opera

Add to EJ Playlist  The operatic bass voice (e.g. Ramfis) is roughly the same as the operetta bass voice (e.g. Pooh Bah) and also the same as the oratorio bass voice (e.g. The Messiah). All of these types were developed to sing extended solos in theaters or halls unamplified. Each of these goes up to about an F above Middle C (349Hz). Each goes about two octaves lower. This is the F to F bass. Composers typically expect concert singer to have about two good octaves. They occasionally write for extensions above or below. Almost all western music expects the bass voice to be able to declaim above middle C. Ramfis for example has an exposed forte high F in the temple scene. Even for basses high notes are often more important than low notes. Church soloist basses need at least a good high E natural. There are a couple other types of bass voices that have been developed for other musical styles. One is the low gospel quartet bass, another is the novelty bass. An outstanding exemplar of this style was the late Thurl Ravenscroft. He was Tony the Tiger and sang with Rosemary Clooney in the hit record "This Old House". He also sang Stew Pot in the movie of "South Pacific". Giorgio Tozzi - a major Met bass - sang the male lead in that movie. Thurl sang a much smaller role. Tozzi's lowest note was a Low E natural. Thurl sang low Cs and lower. There's a lesson there. Tozzi was the entree. Thurl was a condiment. Russian and Tibetan liturical chanters go lower still. Ninety percent plus of all bass music is written for the standard F to F bass voice. Here I have made a short demonstration of the lowest notes that a main stream operatic or oratorio bass will usually be required to sing. All are extensions below the standard low F. If the standard bass voice is F to F, the Tenor is C to C and the baritone is about A to A. Each voice type can extend a bit on both sides of their main range. This means that the male voice has a mid point around 220Hz - an octave below concert pitch A. There is a standard deviation of about 50Hz. This means about 68% of all males are baritones, 15% are basses, and 15% are tenors. There is another 1% above and below these ranges for extreme or novelty singers. That's where Ravenscroft resides. He is properly considered a contra bass (not a basso profondo). He seems to have a natural range of D to D - with extensions. The Contra-Bass voice as I have defined it here is about as far below the standard bass voice as the bass voice is below the baritone. Like most novelty contra basses Thurl seldom got to sing real songs. Here's an exception. http://www.yout =etdMM6VsBos

Battle of the Basses

Add to EJ Playlist  The Phillip/Inquisi tor duet remains popular because it offers up juicy opportunities for two basses to go head to head. Here's another. Khovanschina is something of a mess. Its plot revolves around Peter the Great. But the Romanovs didn't allow him to be named on stage. So the plot is largely incomprehensibl e. Most of the characters are despicable and almost all of them die horribly. Mussorgsky started it, Rimsky-Korsakov contributed as did Stravinsky, Ravel and Shostokovich. Incredibly it somehow works. Five heads are better than one it seems. In this scene Ghiaurov storms about in the title role - the evil head of the rebelious musketeers. Burchuladze enters as Dosifei the head of the Old Believers.

The Male Choir of St. Petersburg (Russia)

Add to EJ Playlist  Founded in 1993 with the assistance of Vladimir Spivakov and Maris Jansons (among others), this a capella male choir from Russia, comprised of 25 singers can be heard on EMI Classics (UK), and will make their North American debut in Spring 2009. See for more information.

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Thurl Ravenscroft-Life On The Ocean Waves

Add to EJ Playlist  One of the songs on the B side of the Pirates of the Caribbean Storyteller LP ST-3937, performed by the late Thurl Ravenscroft, one of the Mellomen and voice artist.

Thurl Ravenscroft @ Haunted Mansion on Disneyland Inside Out

Add to EJ Playlist  Thurl Ravenscroft at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion on Disneyland Inside Out

The Male Choir of St. Petersburg (Russia)

Add to EJ Playlist  Founded in 1993 with the assistance of Vladimir Spivakov and Maris Jansons (among others), this a capella male choir from Russia, comprised of 25 singers can be heard on EMI Classics (UK), and will make their North American debut in Spring 2009. See for more information.

Russian Basso Profondo: The Lowest Voices

Add to EJ Playlist  Here are two short extracts of an exceptional record of Russian choral work (which includes anonymous ancient liturgical chant, popular folk songs, and music by well known Russian choral composers, such as Tchesnokov and Gretchaninov), introducing some of the lowest voices in the world. The two singers here are Vladimir Pasuikov and, with an even lower voice, Yuri Wichniakov, one of the most famous Basso Profondo, who are unique to Russian singing. Their vocal range is at least one octave below the normal bass range (think Paul Robeson). In the first extract the bass hits the low Ab1; in the second the bass hits a G1. Not only do they possess the lowest notes of any choral singer, but the soloists have such full voices that the effect is immediately striking. Enjoy those exceptional samples of the magnificent Russian choral art!

Acappella - Roll Jordan

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Ivan Rebroff

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Schubert: Der Tod und das Mädchen, Bass: Werner Tiltz, Klavier: Hans Norbert Bihlmaier

Add to EJ Playlist  Der "schwarze Bass" Werner Tiltz singt "Der Tod und das Mädchen" von Franz Schubert.

The Lawrence Welk Show: Davy Crockett

Add to EJ Playlist  Sung by Larry Hooper and the gang! (1957)

The Lawrence Welk Show: Mister Bass Man

Add to EJ Playlist  Here`s Larry Hooper and .....Kenny Trimble! (1963)

This Old House

Add to EJ Playlist  Larry Hooper sings "This Old House"

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