The Classicaliszt

Top 10 Vocal Selections from 2015 Montreal International Music Competition


I had the privilege to take part in the 2015 Montreal International Music Competition as a phantom jury for the CBC. Being as this year was the vocal competition, I was immediately taken back to my days as a choir signer and operatic performer.

We have touched upon the voice before (article link), but this post is mainly about interpretation and sheer beauty of composition; which, in a competition, go hand-in-hand. I was touched on many occasion by the beauty of the interpretation from the competitors, yet their program selection proved to be the key aspect to a successful run. Here are my top ten songs that I (re)discovered throughout the competition as well as the best vinyl version for your home listening pleasure.

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Dvorak- “Mesicku na nebi hlubokem” – Rusalka

A. Dvorak. Rusalka. Zdenek Chalabala. 3 LP. f

J.S Bach “Aus liebe will mein Heiland sterben” – Matthaus Passion


Rachmaninov – Ne Poy Krasavitsa, pri mne


Verdi “Ela mi fu rapite …Parmi veder le lagrime” – Rigoletto


Schubert -“Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen”116192286

Verdi ” Per me giunto…O Carlo, ascolta” – Don Carlo


Mahler “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” – Ruckert Lieder


Rossini- “Principe piu non, tirovarla lo giuro” – La Cenrentola


Donizetti ” Il dolce suono..Spargi d’amaro pianto” – Lucia di Lammermoor


Gounod – “Je veux vivre dans ce reve” – Romeo & Juliette


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DJ Asma

A Montreal native with West-African roots, Antoine started developing a love for records when his father passed his collection of French, African, Caribbean and Brazilian classics onto him. Ever since, the collector turned selector has spent countless hours in musky basements both here and abroad (Dakar, Lima, Paris, Quito, Rio) in the never-ending search for the perfect beat!