Pros: Listening once to The Singers - Leontyne Price is worth the experience.
Cons: You are left craving for more.
She sets upon her work vigorously;
Her arms are strong for her tasks."
- Proverbs 31:17
With a relaxed jaw and firm stance, a singer can freely belt out an harmonious note. The voice can be set free like Elijah was swept up via chariot to heaven if you stand as tall and proud as Superman. The job of a singer is to sing a joyful note, beautifully, and to practice it so that it could be sustained.
Some people learn how to sing through books.
- Books can be a cool way to learn. They provide a plethora of information.
- Books can tell you how to craft your tool and correct certain mistake that we do.
Some people prefer using a vocal coach
- A vocal coach is an excellent move for a singer.
- A vocal coach can see your movements and tell you how to improve.
- You can ask questions and get answers from a vocal coach.
- A vocal coach can really help you to improve on your abilities.
Some people take the route of emulating other artists who have inspired them.
- Artist like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Donnie Hathaway really had their singing down packed.
- Aspiring artists listen and gain knowledge and strength just by listening and singing along.
I must say! I have listened to many artists who have helped me towards my goals of singing with more control, but never have I encountered a vocalist who had the strength and ability to sing like Leontyne Price.
The first black woman of opera has a richly textured voice. The harvest of her lips are a deep ocean. The simplicity of her inflection is like a potpourri of savory gestures. She sings and sings well, with attitude, emotion and just the right amount of soul.
When the load seems heavy and your mind is just in a blur, The Singers - Leontyne Price is an album that can help to clear your mind and regain balance. Leontyne Price brings her phenomenal vibrato to life with a sound she likes to call, "Juicy Lyric." On this album are a collection of 13 of her most celebrated pieces. She sings the operas of Verdi, Handel, Murray, Franck and Wade. She sings high and she sings strong. The instrumentation behind her is classically sound and animated that can almost have a feel of being in a theatre watching an opera or play with an orchestra.
As I listened, I noticed how clear and warm her voice was. It was very welcoming. It makes sense that Leontyne Price was the first woman to sing in Aida. Her high E is effortless and her coloratura arias are superb. She did what Mariah could do with her head tone but even better and stronger than that of Minnie Ripperton and I am impressed.
The Singers - Leontyne Price begins with a grand march operetta. It almost sounds as if it would have been a parade for a king, queen or some kind of party opener for a place like the Titanic. Ritorna Vincitor! is the name of this tune and it takes the album into an ensemble with a contrapuntal psyche. Could you imagine listening to an album that has so much color in it's entirety, that a 64 pack crayon box wouldn't be able to account for it's feel. I liked more than half of the songs on this album.
The album also contains multimedia features accessible via your PC or Macintosh drive which include a photo gallery, artist discography, artist profile and sung texts with translations in English, French and German. The cover booklet also includes a short bio of Leontyne Price. I loved that Decca Music Group provided such a fascinating item on the shelves that I could listen to and also learn more about the artist at hand. I am the type that likes to know where the artist came from and what struggles they had to face to get where they are because when they weren't where they got to be, they were just like me and I plan on going as far as them.
Half of the album was recorded in Tel Aviv in 1980 and the other half was recorded in Montreal in 1983. I think the part recorded in Montreal was done around the Christmas Holiday because most of those songs are familiar Christmas carols that I've heard and sung. Some of my favorite songs on this album are Panis Angelicus which Leontyne Price emotes through the first and second verses. I liked the song Ernani! Ernani Involami which featured the pleasurable dynamics of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
What Child Is This was a song that I really didn't expect to hear her sing. Nevertheless, I was glad to hear her sing it as well as Vanessa Williams did, just in her own style and with her own feeling. I always like to hear different versions of different songs because it helps to develop style in a singer.
The album comes to a close with the popular Christmas Anthem, O Come, All Ye Faithful which featured Orchestre Symphonique Du Montreal and was highly triumphant and a signature ending to remember. Leontyne proved to be a really great singer with lots of breath control. Actually, no true opera singer would be able to do their thing if they didn't have good breath control and posture. If they didn't, they would sound like chipmunks and an opera singers voice is full and round.
Renee Fleming is one of the opera singers who taught me that after I read her book. Renee Fleming was also the artist that put me on to Leontyne Price as I read through her pages and discovered how much of an inspiration she had been to her. So I picked up The Singers - Leontyne Price with just a brush of knowledge about her and am very happy about my purchase. Leontyne Price has that kind of vocal quality that can hush all talking in a room just by her letting one sung note out. She has truly crafted her gift into something great.
I really like what Leontyne Price does with her voice. Her singing is awesome and definitely a voice that any aspiring artist should take the time to listen to. And the best part about this album is, all the words are positive. So you get to listen to a good voice, vibe with what she can do, learn and not feel like you are listening to trash but actually listening to something that is qualitative. The bad thing about it, the album ends good but so abruptly you crave for more. That's why I say, listening once is worth the experience.