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In her wonderful mezzo-voice, Joyce DiDonato presents an album of new takes on 'Arie Antiche' / Classical101:WOSU

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Ask most any singer today what they were first taught to sing, and they'll produce a beat-up copy of a yellow-covered volume from G. Schirmer called 24 Arie Antiche. These are Italian songs from the 17th and 18th centuries, many of them arias from obscure operas. They are considered good for students because they do not require an extended vocal range. They do require, and they are used to teach, the ability to sing a clean line, to string one note after the other in a seamless way. "Like pearls" was the old adage.

Joyce DiDonato's new recording features some of these Arie Antiche that she probably learned to sing in the ninth grade. The difference between DiDonato and the rest of us is that she has a sumptuous, wonderful mezzo-soprano voice, and she is an artist without peer.

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