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Joyce DiDonato chats with Spokane Public Radio

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Interview with Spokane PR's Jim Tevenan

With her album Songplay, Joyce DiDonato takes a new and creative angle on vocal music from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as from the 20th century. The 14 tracks succeed in being simultaneously familiar and unexpected, and the album serves up Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. As Joyce DiDonato explains:  "When you are just starting out as a singer, the first score you usually receive is Schirmer's 24 Italian Songs and Arias. These are considered starter pieces, so young singers work at them over and over again, usually growing to resent them deeply, as the difficulty of singing them well as a beginner is overwhelming. I feel, as did Craig, that as a result we've lost the magic of these pieces: they're actually great songs!  And so we began to let our imaginations run wild: we started off by thinking, ‘Maybe this could have a tango feel …'. "Doesn't this actually feel like it needs to be Samba?", etc.  I feel like, happily, we've rediscovered the joy of these Italian art songs."

The soprano sat down with Spokane PR Classical Music host - James Tevenan to discuss the recording. Listen to the attached file.