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Wedding Music: Vocal Selections

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I haven't talked about weddings recently in this journal. And that simply willn't do.

groomzilla asked me for some vocal selections that he and his fiancée could audition for an intermission piece or the Signing of the Register for his wedding. I promised to think on it and get back to him. Well, this is too big for a comment, so I'll put it here instead =D

M, this post and this comment of mine have a few instrumental-only recommendations =)

Here are a few of my favorite vocal pieces. Keep in mind that I listen to these with no regard for occasion. I said in a comment that some of the most beautiful love arias are from the most tragic operas. I love listening to these even though some of them are not in English and I don't understand a thing they're saying. =) Some people like the songs in and of themselves and don't care about the rest of the story. Some people don't like their music to come from a story with a tragic or non-ideal ending. For some, the information surrounding the aria (say, the history of the time period that the story occurs or even the composer's life and works) significantly impact what they will and will not use.

Danny Boy (3:59)

  • Tune: trad. Irish Folk
  • Lyrics: E. Weatherley
  • Performer: Ben Heppner

    I have to tell you about this one first. I recommend it for the Mother/Son dance or Father/Daughter or something. lovesroses danced to this with her son at his wedding. =)

Okay, all the other ones:

Celeste Aida (4:19)

  • Radamès' aria
  • Opera: Aida
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Performer: I prefer Ben Heppner

    I think this has to be the most beautiful aria for an opera that goes "They both die. The end." =D Of course, you could look up some of Amneris' songs. Her last aria at the end might be a bit depressing, but her love for Radamès was quite significant too so there might be something there.

Po Atarau, "Now is the Hour" (3:46)

    Track 10 from Maori Songs by Kiri Te Kanawa. I love her voice and I love the sound of this song. It's a farewell song though.

Nessun Dorma (3:09)

  • Prince Calaf's aria
  • Opera: Turandot
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Performer: 1) Ben Heppner or 2) Placido Domingo (he started out his career as a BARITONE, believe it or not!!!)

    Anyone who IS ANYONE in the Classical Opera world has done Prince Calaf in one production or another, so it's easy to get manymany versions of this to compare. Pavarotti has done it; José Carreras has done it. My Dad disagrees with me and says José Carreras does this one best. *smile* Touché, father. =}

Dôme Épais le Jasmine a.k.a. Barcarolle; a.k.a. The Flower Duet (6:14)

  • Lakmé and Mallika's duet
  • Opera: Lakmé
  • Composer: Leo Delibes
  • Performers: the one I have is Joan Sutherland and Jane Berbie

    This might be a nice one for the Bridesmaid's Processional. If it sounds familiar, it's because it was used for a British Airways commercial. =D

Dalla Sua Pace (3:53)

  • Don Ottavio's aria
  • Opera: Don Giovanni
  • Composer: W. A. Mozart
  • Performer: Plácido Domingo

    Um... I didn't quite realize how codependent and clingy it was...

Casta Diva (5-7 min. depending on the arrangement)

  • Norma's aria
  • Opera: Norma
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
  • Performer: Renée Fleming

    I prattle all about it here. I still like Renée Fleming's best, but hers has almost two minutes of instrumental at the beginning before she starts singing which I would edit out if I were to use it. Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne are also excellent choices too.

Il Dolce Suono (3:14)

  • Lucia's aria
  • Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Performer: Inva Mula-Tchako (sp?)

    Remember the Diva Plavalaguna in Fifth Element? Remember how The Diva sings at that concert? The first half (before it got all funky and techno-y) was this aria from Lucia di Lammermoor. Lucia is professing her undying love for Edgar just before she goes insane and kills herself. =) The actress in the movie is Maïwenn Le Besco and is NOT the one doing the singing, BTW.

La Pastorella (2:15)

  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli

    I don't have a translation or anything, other than it looks like Track 11 from this CD: Cecilia Bartoli - A Portrait. But with a name like "pastorella" and a guy like Schubert, it sounds church-appropriate to me =}

Con Te Partiro, "I'll Go With You" (4:11) Track 1 from Andrea Bocelli's Romanza. I have to say, Andrea Bocelli's voice sounds like a flat bottle of pop after you hear some of the other World Class Tenors. And I don't like the duet with Sarah Brightman as much. But I love the sound of Italian, the lyrics to this song are so beautiful and fitting — "I'll go with you, on ships across seas" reminded me so much of you and Stef =)

Quando sono solo
sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
si lo so che non c'e luce
in una stanza quando manca il sole,
Su le finestre
mostra a tutti il mio cuore
che hai acceso,
chiudi dentro me
la luce che
hai incontrato per strada.
When I'm alone
I dream on the horizon
and words fail;
yes, I know there is no light
in a room where the sun is absent,
if you're not with me.
At the windows
show everyone my heart
which you set alight;
the light you
encountered on the street.
Con te partiro.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivro.
Con te partiro.
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono piu,
con te io li vivro.
I'll go with you,
to countries I never
saw and shared with you,
now, yes, I shall experience them.
I'll go with you
on ships across seas
which, I know,
no, no, exist no longer;
with you I shall experience them.
Quando sei lontana
sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
e io si lo so
che sei con me,
tu mia luna tu sei qui con me,
mio sole tu sei qui con me.
When you're far away
I dream on the horizon
and words fail,
and, yes, I know
that you are with me;
you, my moon, are here with me,
my sun, you are here with me.
Con te partiro.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivro.
Con te partiro
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono piu,
con te io li rivivro.
Con te partiro
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono piu,
con te io li rivivro.
Con te partiro.
Io con te.
I'll go with you,
to countries I never
saw and shared with you,
now, yes, I shall experience them.
I'll go with you
on ships across seas
which, I know,
no, no, exist no longer,
with you I shall experience them again.
I'll go with you,
on ships across seas
which, I know,
no, no, exist no longer;
with you I shall experience them again.
I'll go with you,
I with you.

Let me know if you have trouble finding these =)


Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
razorw
Jul. 8th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds like some really great songs!. Thanks for sharing...
bride
Jul. 8th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, some great music for a bunch of people killing each other, killing themselves and/or spontaneously dying =)
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