Never to late for second-guessing

I spent the morning fascinated, watching this video:

… a much better audio and video quality can be found here. (The page takes a while to load, so be patient.)

[Just a note: The track is featured in an episode; the last note is made to deliberately not be sung too well, as he is meant to not get cast there.]

Now I am angry at myself, just a bit — because I let appearances fool me, if only briefly.  At the phrase at 0:32, until the “gravity” — which is most definitely sung by Chris Colfer — I was really unsure whether he or she sang the phrase. So yes,  I have been fooled, even if I was determined not to be. So, dear producers, thank you for the irritating experience 😉

Just for reference concerning Lea Michele’s voice: The same song sung as a duet can be found here:

This pop song managed what the movie Farinelli never could — I am amazed. It managed to make me question, if only for a phrase, the sex of the singer.

Have you seen Farinelli?  Opinions differ strongly whether it is one of the greatest movies ever made or not even worth watching — I myself was very disappointed. But, let alone this — to recreate Farinelli’s voice, they tried to merge a woman’s voice and a man’s; as, of course, castratos are non existent nowadays any more, and a castrato’s voice supposedly differed a lot from a boy’s, a countertenor’s, or a female voice.

This is a little documentation about how it was made. As far as I hear it — It is nicely edited, and some filters are applied to make the voices more similar. Strange that they picked those two singers, of all possibilities — Derek Lee Ragin’s and Ewa Mallas-Godlewska’s voices do not match well, according to my opinion. Not at all. Their techniques differ a lot, their way of singing coloartura could hardly be more different, and the timbre is far from similar.

The result: I am not even unsure about one single note, concerning who sang which one on the whole CD. I cannot judge whether it is well done or not –the fact that I can tell the two voices apart, no matter how much they are modified (her mids are yanked up, which makes the voice smoother, but sound even more impersonal and like pop, e.g.) is no help at all when it comes to my attempt to overall enjoy the movie.

Because, yes! when I go to see a movie about Farinelli, I go there in parts for the music — it is a key factor. It was the major part of Farinelli’s life, and the part that made him unforgettable and outstanding. So I expect the soundtrack to be outstanding as well, not only good and well made. But, maybe I am expecting too much.

I don’t like Mallas-Godlewska’s voice too much, as for me it lacks something that would make it special for me, or even truly recognizable. I like Lee Ragin, in some roles, but not over all either. I would surely not have chosen those two to even try to restore the voice of one of the greatest singers of all time, apparently, Farinelli.

Another pet-peeve of mine: I cannot have bad lip-synch. This does no good either to render the illusion of the actor actually singing the notes, on top of it.
This aria is a good example. Not one especially hard to lip-synch you would mean, but yes, apparently, it is.

Funnily, a version where the Farinelli movie was cut on an other music is better by far — it made me laugh so hard — amazing!  This somehow made my day so far, so I thought I’d share it with you 😉

Defying Gravity
From the musical “Wicked”
Stephen Schwartz

Something has changed within me,
Something is not the same.

I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game.
Too late for second-guessing,
Too late to go back to sleep.
It’s time to trust my instincts,
Close my eyes and leap.
It’s time to try
Defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye I’m
Defying Gravity
And you won’t bring me down…
I’m through accepting limits
‘Cause someone says they’re so.
Some things I cannot change,
But till I try, I’ll never know.
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost.
Well, if that’s love,
It comes at much too high a cost!
I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity.
Kiss me goodbye,
I’m defying gravity.
I think I’ll try
Defying Gravity
And you won’t bring me down.

I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity.
Kiss me goodbye,

I’m defying gravity.
I think I’ll try
Defying Gravity

And you won’t bring me down.
bring me down
Bring me down!
Ooooooooohh!

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