Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Most Perfect Ever?

In an Opera News interview with Susan Graham, interviewer William R. Braun flatly declares Mozart's "Ch'io mi scordi di te?" to be "the single most perfect piece of music ever written."

Is it?  Youtube offers  number of exemplars.   Here's one from my sentimental favorite, Elizabeth Schwartzkopf:

another, this from Leontyne Price:

Braun also says that the piece is also "merciless in exposing the slightest flaw in vocal technique."   Wiki offers a helpful introduction.

Source: Braun, "Life, Continued," Opera News vol. 37, no. 6, December 2012 24-29, 29.


Anonymous said...

so you didn't agree with my suggestion of Michael Shrieve's drum solo in Santana's "Soul Sacrifice" at Woodstock?

Buce said...

Are drums music? If so, can I consider Gene Krupa in Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing?" Aside from drums, I suppose I might consider Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues."