It has been announced today that the diva’s back at the Oscars for the first time in 37 years.
She has a new record out.
Well, not quite new. Called Classical Barbra, it first came out in 1976 and was buried with indecent haste.
Barbra shimmying around Debussy, Wolf and Handel with a symphony orchestra stumbling in the dark was more than some critics could bear. Some had to lie down and take smelling salts. One or two took early retirement.
She’s a great actress and a great singer, but she lacks the breath control, the language skills, the taste and the training to make more than a travesty of these delicacies. Dank sei Dir, Herr (Handel) is more off beat than on.
Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sony Classical have quietly reissued Classical Barbra. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.