I was listening again to Villazon's French arias album. I was thinking about his protestations about French style and how you weren't allowed to do portamento the way you could with the Italians. See article on tools. Well, we are pleased to say he does not do exactly what he preaches. There is plenty of scooping and sliding to satisfy even me. It would be terrible to think the French were intent on being completely boring.
What a wonderful album. I loved it just as much this time.