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The Best of Andreas Scholl
George Frederick Handel, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Antonio Vivaldi
The Best of Andreas Scholl
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1


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The Best In The Modern World
Miz Ellen | Bovine Universe | 10/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without exaggeration and without argument, Andreas Scholl is the most outstanding countertenor of our modern time, which has seen an astonishing revival in this voice type. His voice quality is unquestionably masculine, astonishingly high, incredibly powerful, flexible and commanding.

This CD contains 18 tracks which skim the surface of his career with Decca which covered a few years. It's a great sampler of Scholl's mid-career to 2006. One could argue that "Best of" is misleading since it omits all of his astonishing early recordings with Harmonia Mundi and Scholl fans sincerely hope that more is forthcoming now that he has returned to that label.

However, notable tracks include several famous Baroque opera arias including Ombra mai fu (Handel, SERSE) and Cara sposa (Handel, Rinaldo). One of my favorite folk songs is here: Blow the Wind Southerly. Also is one track of the soundtrack Scholl did for the Merchant of Venice movie: How Sweet the Moonlight. Part of Pergolesi's Stabet Mater with Barbara Bonney is here--I argue with that since this is incomparable as a whole and having just part of it grates on me but it is enough of a sample to give something of the flavor. Also included are a couple of things that are nowhere else such as the Korean folk song.

Aficionados of Scholl and the countertenor voice type will not have to be told to snap this up. I would also recommend this to anyone who was interested in collecting good voices. File this next to the early Pavarotti but on a "higher" shelf.

Marvelous countertenor voice
Anthony Benedict | houston texas | 12/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"many people say andreas scholl has a non-expressice voice for opera and that the beauty of his voice gets him by. well after listening to the choice of his best i argue that. his "dove sei" is beautiful as well as his "ombra mai fu," a peace he made his own.over all a very nice selection. a must for all andreas scholl fans and those who enjoy a musical diversity."
Such a wonderful voice
FMEA Info Centre | Belgium | 11/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Best of Andreas Scholl is a must have for every music lover. This counter tenor has such an amazing voice and brings a collection of wonderful songs. I enjoyed the CD from the first till the last second."