USICIANS AGREE ON VERY LITTLE. (Full stop.) However, when it comes to vibrato, most agree that “straight tone” becomes desirable the further back you go (Renaissance, Medieval, and so forth) whereas a more prominent vibrato becomes appropriate the closer you get to—let’s say—Giuseppe Verdi.
In my view, a controlled “tight” vibrato can be quite a beautiful thing:
On the other hand, too much vibrato can obscure the melodic line and become quite distracting. (It can even become the “u” word.) Do you agree the lady on the left pushes the envelope?
What do you think of a strong vibrato? Specifically, in the context of choral music?
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