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  • n. Plural form of pianissimo.


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  • He contrived a thrilling balance between cantabile and cutting edge, with a daring line in tiny pianissimos.

    The Turn of the Screw; BBC Proms 32, 35, 36 – review

  • The music showcased Domingo's ringing tone, tapped into an unexpected tender streak with a few high pianissimos and never carried him too far above the staff.

    Domingo's tenor lifts respectable, but too literal, 'Il Postino' by Daniel Catán

  • And while Ms. Meade's vocal execution was impressive throughout particularly in moments that called for unbridled rage, in which she demonstrated a panoply of ferocious vocal colors, and in her beautifully floated high pianissimos the underlying pathos of Norma's situation came through less clearly.

    Soaring Voices Of Treason

  • His feelings are released in high pianissimos that are simply heart-stopping.

    Prom 3: Simon Boccanegra

  • Her trill is unreliable and her high pianissimos could have more body, but, really, she was wonderful.

    Il Trovatore

  • It is a slippery space that seems to the painter strewn with brimstone, glistening with those iridescent puddles of “dreamy pianissimos.”

    Douglas Messerli

  • Around the fourth or fifth time, realized that it's a trick, like those floated pianissimos Caballe could pull out of her hat.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • He took a lot of vocal risks, and his pianissimos were not especially pretty, but his full-throated utterances were exciting, and one could feel his anguish and the volcanic nature of his feelings for Manon.

    French Lessons in Life

  • Kaufmann's Flower Song created the kind of magic atmosphere that you hear once in a blue moon - the heart-thumping, knee-wobbling magic where you can't quite believe your ears - the phrasing, the pianissimos, the raw emotion, the espressivity in every word and overtone.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • At today's rehearsal, he stopped the chorus and said, "you must sing the ultimate pianissimos here and then two measures later you must do the loudest fortissimos of your life, like you're screaming, pause, but screaming beautifully, of course."

    Penance and Warfare


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