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Voice: Classical Listening Examples

Classical Listening Examples

Listening examples for voice from classical music



Streaming Audio

World of Early Music via Naxos Music Library

Mass No. 2 in F major, "Missa brevis" / Mass No. 3 in C major, "Missa Cellensis" via Naxos Music Library

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72 (Highlights) via Naxos Music Library


Cantatas BWV 211 - BWV 212 by J.S. Bach
CD 9991  Check Availability
Image:Cantatas_BWV_211_BWV_212.jpg‎ From the catalog:
Performed by the "Failoni Chamber Orchestra."
Goethe Lieder by Franz Schuber, Robert Schuman, and Hugo Wolf
CD 19642  Check Availability
Image:Goethe_Lieder.jpg‎ From the catalog:
Performed by "Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Richard Goode, piano."


Wozzeck, Op. 7; Lulu by Alban Berg
CD 3309-3311  Check Availability
Image:Wozzeck_Op.7_Lulu.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Librettos in German with English translation in container. Recorded Ufa-Studio, Berlin, March-April, 1965 (1st work) and Deutsche Oper, Berlin, February, 1968 (2nd Work)."
Ancient Voices of Children: Music for a Summer Evening: (Makrokosmos III): For Two Amplified Pianos & Percussion by George Crumb
CD 5467  Check Availability
Image:Ancient_Voices_of_Children.jpg‎ From
"One of the most important and magical song cycles in contemporary music, Ancient Voices of Children, is the setting of a series of haunting texts by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca for mezzo-soprano, boy soprano, and chamber orchestra. The piece made a huge impression on audiences at its initial performances. Indeed, this recording became something of a cult phenomenon, much like the Górecki Third Symphony today; and if you weren't around for the initial discovery, now's your chance. Music for a Summer Evening uses essentially the same forces as Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and creates an evocative, glittering nightscape. Great stuff." - David Hurwitz
Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass, Robert Wilson
CD 4505-4508  Check Availability
Image:Einstein_on_the_Beach.jpg‎ From
"...The music congregates around the upper registers, often darting through its loops at seemingly incredible paces. The chorus bears huge chops, creating a dense, if silkenly staccato, series of juts, and a powerful array of higher-register annunciations that ring with the aural power of leaping, blurring filaments. This 1993 version of Einstein truly supersedes its predecessors, stretching to around 190 minutes over three CDs. There is a strong current of postmodern collage throughout the piece, with rafts of pop culture references. But Einstein, after all, is indeed based loosely on Albert Einstein and ends with booming allusions to nuclear annihilation and mathematics." - Andrew Bartlett