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Diamanda Galás Discusses Her 13 Favourite Albums
The Quietus , August 1st, 2012 06:24

Diamanda Galás plays the one of the opening concerts of Antony Hegarty's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre tonight. In advance of the performance, she tells us about 13 albums that have been influential on her life and work


Doris Day - Love Me or Leave Me

The best legato in the business. Those who think of her as a pollyanna, [need to] listen.

Listen to 'Love Me or Leave Me' or 'When I Fall in Love' and hear the most exquisite legato, and breath control. [She had] an undamaged voice, like Jo Stafford, whom I also adore for her immaculate phrasing, complete dedication to the song, the lyrics and the changes. 

My father's favorite singer was Jo Stafford, and it is unfortunate that I do not have a particular album with me with which to highlight her.