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Dorothy Dorow (August 22, 1930 – April 15, 2017) was an English soprano. Dorow debuted in London in 1958. She has sung world-premieres of works by such composers as György LigetiHans Werner HenzeLuigi DallapiccolaSylvano Bussotti and Luigi Nono. She is also noted for her performances of the vocal works of Igor Stravinsky. Dorow performed internationally including at the Kraków Philharmonic. After several years of living abroad (including the Netherlands) she retired in 1992 and was living in Cornwall. (Quelle

Der Musiksammler/ Musikwissenschaftler John Caroll schreibt auf seiner website Modern Coloratura Legacy – Dorothy Dorow is a singer who made a considerable reputation singing modern music.  She also made an uncharacteristic recording in 1976 for BIS of turn-of-the-century virtuoso showpieces in the domain of Galli-Curci and Tetrazzini.  Intermixed with intelligent and charming renditions of waltzes, variations, and bird songs by Adam, Benedict, Bishop, and others, is a modern song of her own composition. Apparently, she studied to become a composer and won some awards in that realm before concentrating on vocal performance.  Dream is a wordless piece she wrote for the album at the producer’s request to provide some contrast to the twittering chestnuts and to showcase the four different flutes used by her accompanist, Gunilla von Bahr.  From Dorow’s own notes: „The dreamy beginning leads to a movement of anguish and fear which calms down and is followed by a bossa nova calling up a glamorous Hollywood dream.  Then follows a tittering part which recedes.“ The voice hums, sighs, and coos in this musically remote piece.  Only the bossa nova section is melodic; the rest of the piece comprises swooping and whipped vocal lines up and down the scale. (Mit Dank an John Caroll!)

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