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Vyatcheslav Kagan-Paley (Slava) - Ave Maria
Giulio Caccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Camille Saint-Saens
Vyatcheslav Kagan-Paley (Slava) - Ave Maria
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1


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The Most Beautiful Human Voice!
Joseph J. Hanssen | Upstate New York | 07/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I discovered Vyatcheslav Kagan-Paley by accident. And what a wonderful accident that was. Here is a handsome, young Russian soprano singer who has a voice of pure beauty. No words can explain or describe how beautiful his voice is, and what a gift he has given us by releasing this recording. This recording consists of 12 different versions of Ave Maria, from all the different composers, such as: Mozart, Verdi, Bruckner, Stravinsky, Schubert, and Liszt. Each version is different and unique in its own way. If you love the "Ave Maria" hymn, you will truly enjoy this recording. My favorite version was number 7 by Stravinsky. A one-time protégé of Leonard Bernstein, he studied violin and piano at first. I am grateful that he decided to share his "voice" with the world also. I highly recommended this recording by Vyatcheslav. I would suggest you find your favorite chair, dim the lights, sit back and get ready to truly enjoy a wonderful experience by listening to his wonderful and beautiful voice singing these "Ave Marias.""
Great Concept-Excellent Synths -Needs more flavor
Stephen Jackson | Texas, USA | 09/08/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"As a countertenor, I am always searching for recordings from new and up and coming singers. I had heard some wonderful things about this album, and decided to buy it. It was very interesting to hear 11 differnet versions of the famous Ave Maria Text, and I believe that the contrast and pacing of the album is excellent. My sole fault lies in the vocal production of this young singer. MOST of his range is sheer and glittering. He has a lovely tone and clean projection and resonance. Like many countertenors, the sound at the bottom of the range takes on a rather covered sound at times, but this is characteristic of the voice and is not terribly distracting most of the time. In matters of vibrato, everyones taste varies, but there are moments when the vibrato is a bit wider and unstylistic than might be generally appropriate. Unfortunately, like many singers with rare voice types who feel the need to 'prove' themselves to an often difficult public, he decided on several occasions to pass the tessitura at which his voice sounds natural and unforced. I can sing to a soprano Db, but I would never do so in public performance or on a recording because I can acknowledge that there are parts of my voice that are better left in the rehearsal studio and left OUT of the recording studio. All in all, this is NOT a BAD album. The material is rich and interestingly arranged by the production team, and nearly of the vocals are clean and pleasant. Just beware of the top notes when the range is more suited to Dramatic Soprano than for Lyric Countertenor."
Beautiful & magistral interpretation
Bruno Langevin | 10/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My favorite is the first song from Giulio Caccini; absolutely perfect combination of music and human voice! Do yourself a favor, crank up the volume way up, put the subwoofer in overload (just kidding), and be prepared to shiver! It's that good."