While waiting for the second half at Temple Emanu-El a couple of weeks ago, we (bloggers and critics) began to discuss Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and how much we loved her. I said it was because she played the viola. She sang as though she were playing the viola. The critic mentioned the variety of her colors.
Here is a bit of her Handel.
Of course, it is not a good thing to be at one singer's recital and talking the whole time about another singer.