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100 Greatest Singers: META SEINEMEYER

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Published on Dec 24, 2008

THIS PROJECT IS RESERVED ONLY FOR THE GREATEST! To find Meta Seinemeyer in this collection, what´s your opinion? Please comment!

Meta Seinemeyer, Soprano (1895-1929)

Franz Schubert - Gretchen am Spinnrade
Composed 1814, based on a selection of Goethe´s Faust
(Recorded 1928)

My personal opinion: The voice of Meta Seinemeyer was colored with tears and sorrow, a quality we know for instance from Caruso´s recording of "Cor´ngrato" or the singing of Kathleen Ferrier. It´s a sound that came from the bottom of the heart. Seinemeyers voice was unmistakeable, her timbré unique. It was a rich voice, luxuriant and luminiscent. Even the bad acoustic of her recordings are unable to make this unhearable.
She died in 1929, only 34 years old. Although her career was a very short one, she left us some recordings with amazing singing. Verdi was her domain, she was one of the protagonists when in Dresden the Verdis Renaissance began. We have great recordings with her of "Pace, pace" and the Otello Love-Duet with Tino Pattiera, but I want to present you the amazing performance of Schuberts first successful song "Gretchen" (with orchestration). Some singers are saying that Verdi should be sing like a Schubert-Lied, with elegance and cantabile. Here, Seinemeyer sings Schubert like Verdi. I know these sample is already here on YouTube, but it´s one of her most thrilling legacys, and worth to hear it again, over and over!

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