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The most beautiful female voice of all time

 
 
stuh505
 
Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 11:29 pm
My vote goes out to Sarah Brightman, hands down...who would you pick?

Edit: not just referring to the innate sound of the voice, but to the combination of sound and technical ability and versatility
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 3 Nov, 2006 11:36 pm
Taken overall, Patsy Kline comes to mind, but I'm sure I can do better once the thread gets going.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 12:06 am
Re: The most beautiful female voice of all time
stuh505 wrote:
My vote goes out to Sarah Brightman, hands down...who would you pick?

Edit: not just referring to the innate sound of the voice, but to the combination of sound and technical ability and versatility


I would pick Ella Fitzgerald. :wink:
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aidan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 12:44 am
I like female voices like Patsy Cline's and Sade's - any smooth, mellow alto.

For sheer emotion, whatever the emotion, I like Bonnie Raitt's voice. She's good at communicating feeling and I think she has a very versatile voice. Sometimes when I hear her on the radio, I'm struck by the voice, but don't even realize it's her until they announce who it was- happened when I heard her sing "Home" the first time. She sounds totally different on a blues tune than on a straight ballad.

I can't pick just one though - I don't listen to enough classical with voices or opera or even jazz to have an informed opinion in those areas.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 12:59 am
Mady Mesplé was the epitome of Léo Delibes' Lakmé.

Lemme go pull the CD out . . .

Check her out in the Choeur et Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique's production of Lakmé(EMI).

Her duet in "Viens, Mallika. . . " with Danielle Millet has been used continually in movies and comercials for decades now.

I've got to go and give this recording another listen. It's been too long.
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stuh505
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 01:28 am
Re: The most beautiful female voice of all time
Miller wrote:
I would pick Ella Fitzgerald. :wink:


Didn't strike me, but reminded me of Julie London

Another really good voice is Melissa Manchester..although I don't know her too well
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aidan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 02:30 am
Re: The most beautiful female voice of all time
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Another really good voice is Melissa Manchester..although I don't know her too well.

The song,"Midnight Blue" and her voice are one of my all time favorite combinations of singer and song. I don't know if she wrote that song to accomodate her voice, or if someone else did, but it was an inspired choice.
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Francis
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 02:40 am
InfraBlue wrote:
Mady Mesplé was the epitome of Léo Delibes' Lakmé.


I'm surprised..I've not listen to her for ages..
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smorgs
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 02:43 am
I remember going to see (the film) Mullholland Drive...

I was rivetted by this performance - I believe it's by Dolores Del Rio, I haven't heard of her, but her voice is amazing!

I can only find this example.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvmcUJFkfrE&search=David%20Lynch%20Mullholland%20Drive%20Trailer
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tycoon
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 08:12 am
I don't think any female voice has touched me more than Alison Krauss'. I recall where I was and what I was doing the first time I heard her on the radio. She possesses an angelic voice, and combines it with breathiness that entrances me.

Other women have had similar registers. Dolly Parton comes to mind. But Dolly's playfulness took away from her singing performances, IMO. Alison has all the ingredients combined to perfection.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 08:40 am
Re: The most beautiful female voice of all time
stuh505 wrote:
Miller wrote:
I would pick Ella Fitzgerald. :wink:


Didn't strike me, but reminded me of Julie London

Another really good voice is Melissa Manchester..although I don't know her too well


I always like Julie London's "Cry Me A River".
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 08:41 am
I also like Whitney Houston . :wink:
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Eva
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 09:03 am
Barbra Streisand.

Peggy Lee.

I agree, Sarah Brightman is up there, too.

This is a tough call. We need to break this down into categories, I think. How does one compare a Sarah Brightman to, say, an Aretha Franklin?
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Letty
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 09:12 am
Diana Krall and Holly Cole. So very many great female vocalists, and often their voices do not have to exude quality, exactly, but I listen for both quality and intonation and the sense of the feeling that washes over me. My friend, Bill once told me that I bathed in music rather than listen with a critical ear. He was right.
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 09:25 am
BBB
It would be easier to suggest singers if divided into the types of music: classical, blues, jazz, rock, children's music, etc.

Would we all choose the voices of our mothers singing lullabys to us?

BBB
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eoe
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 10:01 am
I'm somewhere in the Patsy Cline/Ella/Streisand camp. For me, it's the crystal clearness of the voice.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 10:59 am
I like a lot of female voices in different kinds of music - and which is best is surely arguable.
I'm moved by Callas' singing an aria from Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice -

It's #6 on this A2k Amazon link for her La Divina 2 cd -

Orphee et Eurydice, Maria Callas
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 11:06 am
Dolly Parton? My toenails cringe, when I hear her.

There are many many female singers with superb voices - Mama Cass
was one, so is Carly Simon, Enya, Astrud Gilberto, Billie Holiday,
Alicia Keys, and many more...
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 11:17 am
I was amazed by Susanna Foster's glorious soprano voice in the 1943 Phantom of the Opera.

BBB
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Dorothy Parker
 
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Reply Sat 4 Nov, 2006 11:34 am
Barbara Streisand and Mary J Blige.
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