In this special episode of Behind the Curtain, join LA Opera's Senior Director of Artistic Programs Joshua Winograde and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists as they share and dive into their favorite songs and recordings to listen to during the holidays.
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Joshua Winograde’s Holiday Favorite:
“Hi, this is Josh Winograde and I wanted to tell you about my favorite piece of holiday music by far which is Linda Eder’s recording of ‘Silent Night’ from her 20-year-old album Christmas Stays the Same. What I love so much about this is that, on one hand, it’s just a really big theatrical recording of a familiar tune that presents it in a new way. That’s all owed to arranger Kim Scharnberg, who has done a lot with Frank Wildhorn (Broadway composer), Linda Eder’s husband. It has a very kind of big golden-era Hollywood musical theater feel to it in terms of scope. When you hear it a bunch of times you begin to realize its actually like really well crafted and kind of sophisticated. It starts with this cool ostinato bass rhythm upon which Linda sings the first verse. Then in the second verse, a gospel choir sings the first verse again while Linda Eder sings the second verse at the same time but in canon on a slight variation of the melody, with very cool harmonies as well. And then in the third verse, you have the choir singing both the first verse and the second verse in canon, that Linda just sang, while Linda does something completely different and adds this descant floating above everything. And then when things just get really big and really complicated and really awesome, then just out of nowhere it kind of skillfully resolves into this very, very simple, very quiet ending, where you’re left with just that original bass pulse rhythm from the beginning and you just press rewind and listen to it again about 7,000 times, or at least that’s what I do. Enjoy!”
"Silent Night" by Linda Eder (feat. The Broadway Gospel Chorus)