Ned Rorem - 27 December, 1974

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 121:

Coincidence this morning delivered the disc Classical Barbra. Once I wrote that Streisand could handle certain arias if she wished, but her timbre is geared in other directions. The point now is demonstrated by this record, starting with the title. Except for the Handel, none of her 'numbers' are classical - they are what l'homie moyen sensual things of as classical. Streisand's error is to aim at her mass public rather than to put out an edition for just a few thousand dear friends.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 121. accessed: 30 May, 2024


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

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Classical Barbra
written by Various
performed by Barbra Streisand

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 December, 1974
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:02:11 +0100
Approved on Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:27:57 +0000