Monday, January 17, 2011

David Daniels Is Not Your Average Bivalve Mollusc

(Photo: Virgin Classics)
"David Daniels' voice is voluptuous, fleshy as an oyster. It lusciously rides on long streams of breath, making curlicues in the air, or following stepped ornamentations toward release in a single light-filled word -- way up in the countertenor's extraordinarily high range....Daniels is singing works by Vivaldi and Handel with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. The program's first performance took place Saturday night in Berkeley's First Congregational Church, where Daniels -- a singer with a humble presence -- couldn't help but display his sheer virtuosity." 

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