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Lodestars: Shirley Collins' Favourite Albums
Jude Rogers , July 8th, 2020 08:37

The return of Shirley Collins to song has been one of the most joyous music stories in recent times. Ahead of the release of her new album, the singer sits down with Jude Rogers to discus her 13 favourite records

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Christophe Rousset – Farinelli, Il Castrato: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I loved this film! It’s about a fantastic Italian castrato singer who came to London in the 18th century. there’s one scene where he sings ‘Lascia Ch’io Pianga’ so exquisitely to Handel, that Handel rips his wig off, he’s so excited. It’s very sensuous music, and I love counter-tenors [the highest singing register for men, roughly equivalent to the range of a mezzo-soprano or alto], although tor this film they got the voice of a soprano and counter-tenor are blended them together. It’s really beautiful stuff.


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