Aug 22, 2014 01:54 PM EDT
Not over until the fat lady sings?
Sometimes she never stops, whether she happens to be fat or not.
Or even a lady.
Inspired by the video we came across of the late Licia Albanese aged 100, check out these opera singers who could still belt it out with the best of 'em into old age.
Here, then, are Classicalite's Five Best:
Licia Albanese @ 100
Carlo Bergonzi @ 72
Magda Olivero @ 99
Rosalind Elias at 82, we think...
BONUS: Angelo Loforese @ 92.
Not as famous as those others, but he does a mean Nessun Dorma in his '90s!
For her impressive self-released debut, 20something New York City pianist/composer Tania Stavreva has taken solo piano to rare heights on 'Rhythmic Movement,' 14 tracks of a wildly experimental jazz/classical/folk synthesis. Forward-leaning, yet firmly rooted in the folk music of her native Bulgaria, the accents fly by in dizzying whirlwind.
That's no spelling mistake on the title of the Mark Dresser Seven's seven-track new 'Sedimental You' (Clean Feed). Although the title tune is, indeed, taken from Tommy Dorsey's 1932 "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," Dresser is hardly sentimental. He's talking sediment here. Like rocks, man. Yet there's no rock here. Go figure.
It's been a rough year. Most of my friends are sticking up their middle finger to 2016, as am I. I can only wonder which heroes of mine will bite the dust in 2017...but that's for another Blogarrhea. The following annual all-list blog is not supposed to represent the most important or the best-selling or even the most accomplished CDs of 2016. I have done nothing my entire life but listen to music and tell people about it. So these are the ones I got the most excited about. Before the lists commence, please note that Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' (Columbia) and Paul Simon's 'Stranger To Stranger' (Concord) are my two favorite CDs of 2016. That said, on with the show.