[QUOTE=JimD;125582][QUOTE=Anna;125484] Pears had a very odd voice I think.I think Pears' voice is a marmite voice - you either like it or you don't, you can't be indifferent. I can see what others don't like about it but as you say JimD the artistry behind it all is so compelling.
At the risk of flogging a dead horse, Pears' voice may be 'odd' or an acquired taste, but his was intensely musical and thoughtful singing. It'll do for me, compared with various stud tenors one could name.
I had a good friend telling me the other night that he couldn't bear Britten's [vocal] music because it was always written with Pears' voice in mind, which voice he loathes. When you're up against that sort of thing, it's best to leave as quietly as you can, shaking your head in sorrow & put on a Britten/Pears CD
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[QUOTE compared with various stud tenors one could name.[/QUOTE]
For what it's worth, I thought Mark Padmore's singing of "Still Falls the Rain" in Friday's Lunchtime Concert was exquisite - still available to listen again.