Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Gethsemane - Paul Nolan

The Ian Gillian version is one of my favourites, it's closely connected to my young soul listening to it when I was 14,15 years old hundreds of times. No exaggeration. Hundreds. After that Ted Neely that made a huge impression with his high notes. These notes are very high for the tenor voice. Many singers choose to sing it one octave down.
" It’s clearly written into the music as a tonal shout as Jesus reaches the zenith of his pain with the decision to die. It’s a powerful moment, but the note is so difficult to sing with power, so many singers flip to falsetto. This would be fine, but the note is surrounded on both side by high belt patterns. In that context, the falsetto really takes away from the moment."
This performance is by Paul Nolan is impressive. Even in a jacket it's impossible to sing it without the strong emotions this song so clearly evokes. Not only by me, the listener, but by the performer as well! Look at the fire in his eyes: "Can you show me now.."

Nolan sang Jesus in JCS on Broadway in 2012




8 comments:

  1. Not only is the message so overwhelming but the music and words are extremely powerful. Really touches my soul. Thanks for sharing, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. That is what music can do: touch us deep inside. And it's wonderful to see people who have sung this song hundreds of times, are still moved by the music and the words.

      Just like we are,
      Han

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  2. What a wonderful rendition, Han. Thanks for sharing! I love Jesus Christ Superstar, too.

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    1. Nolan avoids the high "Allright, I'll die, just watch me die" and makes it sound subdued and that is very moving as well.

      Glad you liked it, girl with the naughty name,

      Han

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  3. Sometimes I kisten to this at youtube. And I am alkways so moved by reaction of others, his cosingers ot others on the stage. They cry. What a strong, life changing experience this must be to listen to him ..

    Thank you, Han.
    Mona Lisa

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    1. Yes, we do the same Mona Lisa, and isn't it wonderful all those people playing it night after night, still are moved by this song?

      It is impossible to hear without emotions.
      Thank you for saying so,

      Han

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  4. A very moving rendition...how can such music not touch one's soul? Hugs abby

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    1. And this music does. Touch my soul...

      Han

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