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by Gillean Craig

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 @ 12:19

HOWEVER hard your choirmaster tried, I suspect that, in one aspect at least, your Ash Wednesday performance of the Allegri Miserere was inauthentic: the top lines, surely, were not sung by castrati.

This central phenomenon of late-Baroque music provided the starting point for The Fantastical World of Hormones with Dr John Wass (BBC4, Wednesday of last week). Why should the removal of a boy's testes just before puberty, to ensure that his singing voice ...

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