Queen of the Night Aria - Serenata Mexicana - Musical Snuff Box - Like a Bird - Lakme : Bell Song (Delibes) - La perle du Bresil: Charmant oiseau, "Couplets du Mysoli" - Die Fledermaus: Adele s Laughing Song (Strauss fils)... / Florence Foster Jenkins, chant
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful album--in the sense that you really are left dumbfounded with wonder. The first track my partner and I listened to was the Queen of the Night aria from "The Magic Flute." After we got over our initial amazement, we couldn't stop laughing as we heard the rest of the album. We loved it so much, we insisted on inflicting it upon some friends who dropped by for a visit. They were equally awestruck. Poor Florence Foster Jenkins! I feel bad about laughing at someone who's so obviously sincere and clueless, but there is no other appropriate response.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a socialite who enjoyed singing in vast disproportion to her musical talent. This CD has some of her greatest works (so to speak) although the disc pales in comparison to her masterwork "The Glory (????) of Human Voice." (In fact several of the songs on this CD are available on that recording.) Particularly ear-shattering are "Musical Snuff Box" (watch out for that last note if you have pets, they will seriously dislike it), "Bell Song" which is essentially a series of a cappella pentatonic scales by and large, and finally the unique rendition of "Valse Caressante" (which was actually released as a single!) which will leave any listener in a near delirium.
In short, these rare Jenkins masterworks are amazing and hilarious. I can't recommend them highly enough to anyone even mildly curious about outsider music. Why the three star rating? It is certainly not due to Florence's participation, rather due to the packaging. The cover boasts "Florence...
Had to get this after seeing the movie. Meryl Streep was excellent as always, but she was too charitable in interpreting Jenkins' singing. It was truly terrible.
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