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Uploaded on Feb 11, 2010
In the English speaking world, John McCormack (1884-1945) was certainly the most popular of classical and folk tenors of his day. He brought a wonderful lyric voice and an instinctive musicality to his art. Irish music has never known another personality so outstanding, and his recordings of many sentimental favorites earned him a vast audience. He was also, within his lyric repertoire,a fine opera singer, although this was a secondary part of the McCormack story. This is an example of what might be called Victorian music, ultimately destined perhaps for the parlor piano more than for the opera house. This aria is from Maritana, by William V. Wallace--a truly colorful and eccentric character from the mid-19th century.
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