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From Frankie Valli and Jimmy Somerville to Andreas Scholl and Lawrence Zazzo - Tom Service on the male singers hitting the high notes.

From Frankie Valli and Jimmy Somerville to Andreas Scholl and Iestyn Davies - Tom Service celebrates the male singers hitting the high notes.
Why do they do it? How do they do it? And why is it so uniquely thrilling a sound? And it's not about singing like a woman!
With inside knowledge from countertenor Lawrence Zazzo.

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Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nisi Dominus [Psalm 127] RV.608 for voice and orchestra

    Performer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Performer: Paul Dyer.
    • dg.
    • 4669642.
  • Henry Purcell

    Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583

    Performer: Alfred Deller. Performer: William Christie.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC-90249.
  • The Communards

    It Ain't Necessarily So

    • LONDON.
    • 092741-2582.
  • The Darkness

    I Believe in a Thing Called Love

    • Atlantic.
    • 5050466-7452-2-4.
  • Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

    • POLYDOR.
    • POLYDOR-847 339-2.
  • Beyoncé

    No Angel

    • No Details.
    • ..
  • Shakespears Sister

    You're History

    • FFRR.
    • 828-131-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah

    Conductor: Peter Dijkstra. Performer: Lawrence Zazzo. Performer: B'Rock.
    • BR Klassik.
    • 900908.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Welcome ode Op.95 for voices and orchestra

    Performer: Alfred Deller. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • LONDON.
    • 425-663-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Zefira Valova. Performer: Franco Fagioli. Performer: Il Pomo d’Oro.
    • DG.
    • 479 7541.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Lift up your heads - anthem for 6 voices

    Performer: Philip Ledger. Performer: King's College Cambridge Choir.
    • ASV.
    • CDDCA514.
  • Felice Anerio

    Christus factus est for chorus

    Performer: Massimo Palombella. Performer: Sistine Chapel Choir.
    • DG.
    • 495300.
  • Bee Gees

    Too Much Heaven

    • Polydor.
    • 589 449-2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Bryn Terfel. Conductor: Paul Daniel. Performer: Swedish R S O.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • DG-4778091.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Petite messe solennelle for soloists, chorus, 2 pianos and harmonium

    Performer: Alessandro Moreschi.
    • OPAL.
    • CD 9823-.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto - opera

    Performer: Academie Fur Alte Musik. Performer: Andreas Scholl.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC-901685.
  • The Four Seasons

    Sherry

    • Polygram TV.
    • 513-119-2.
  • The Stylistics

    You Make Me Feel Brand New

    • UNIVERSAL MUSIC TV.
    • 564850-2.
  • James Brown

    I Got You (I Feel Good)

    • POLYDOR.
    • 849-1102.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L' Incoronazione di Poppea - opera in a prologue and 3 acts

    Performer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Danielle de Niese. Performer: The English Concert. Conductor: Harry Bicket.
    • DECCA.
    • 4782260.
  • Philip Glass

    Akhnaten - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Milagro Vargas. Performer: Paul Esswood. Performer: Staatsorchester Stuttgart.
    • CBS M2K424457.
    • M2K424457.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Serse - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Lawrence Zazzo. Performer: Vivica Genaux. Performer: Wolfgang Katschner. Performer: Lautten Compagney.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 8985900.
  • Geoff Page

    Paradise Lost

    Performer: Lawrence Zazzo.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    The Merchant of Venice - music for the film

    Performer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Baroque String Quartet.
    • DECCA.
    • 4756367.

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