July 15th, 2017

The middle-aged Aled Jones sings a duet with the young Aled Jones

I sent this video to a friend of mine and he commented, “I hear a brilliant treble singing with an okay but nothing-special baritone.”

And I basically agree. But I think it’s almost unbearably poignant to hear the two versions of Jones singing together, and to watch the old clips together with the new. Don’t their (his??) voices blend beautifully?

[NOTE: I’ve written about Aled Jones before, and the wonderful documentary made about him when he was a young pre-pubescent teenager.]

18 Responses to “The middle-aged Aled Jones sings a duet with the young Aled Jones”

  1. Esther Says:

    Oh my goodness, his voice(s) connect directly to my tears.

  2. Judith Says:

    Adult voice sounds like a tenor to me, not baritone. And, perfectly pleasant. It’s hard to tell how good the adult voice is because he harmonizes and lets the young voice handle the pyrotechnics – but, maybe that choice is telling in itself.

  3. Chris Says:

    That was beautiful Neo, thank you. I agree with Judith, the adult voice was definitely a tenor.

  4. Paul in Boston Says:

    Wonderful! When my boys were small they had a video tape called “The Snowman”, about a flying snowman. I’d swear that this was the music for it.

  5. Paul in Boston Says:

    Yep! Watch the animation. It always made me smile and still does.

    https://youtu.be/ubeVUnGQOIk

  6. Paul in Boston Says:

    Definitely a tenor, not a baritone. Ray Price has a baritone, https://youtu.be/nVNOsWB-Z88

  7. Paul in Boston Says:

    A tenor and a baritone. https://youtu.be/5PYt2HlBuyI

  8. Uffdaphil Says:

    Very sweet. It recalls the moment my soprano voice failed mid-solo and how crushed I was. How I wish I had stuck with singing and used those early years experience to help develop my sudden baritoneness.

    And then, as so often these last almost 50 years, I chuckle and thank God for my war time in the third world that put such complaints into perspective.

  9. Fausta Says:

    Boy/soprano adult/baritone

    Lovely

  10. Fausta Says:

    Aaack!

    2d try

    boy/soprano adult/TENOR
    NOT baritone

  11. neo-neocon Says:

    To all:

    Hate to be picky—but from Wiki (hey, that rhymes!) [emphasis mine]i:

    Following the launch of his first baritone album, Aled on the Universal Music label in Australia in May 2003, Jones visited the country on a promotional tour. He has since successfully toured in concert there five times: in Dec 2003, Aug 2006, Oct 2008, Aug/Sep 2010 and Feb 2015, performing in eight cities.

    However, I’m certainly no expert on the tenor vs. baritone subject. He may be able to sing in both ranges, but is somehow considered a baritone.

    From the Guardian [emphasis mine]:

    The present-day, baritone Jones will accompany his former, treble, self.

  12. Fausta Says:

    Bah on the Guardian.

    We say here that’s tenor, so we have decided.

    My favorite tenor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN-JCdM4or0

    My favorite baritone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHhwOByP81I

    Either way it’s great that he was able to train up from his chidhood voice

  13. Fausta Says:

    While at it, favorite tenor & favorite baritone at it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmKUZeJB_Nw

  14. Bruce Says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely, haunting piece of music…which nearly brings me to tears at its beauty. I had not known before of Aled Jones nor of “The Snowman.” What a wonderful discovery!

  15. Delilah Says:

    I remember hearing the treble version accompanying The Snowman when I was young. It met my criteria for great music — a shiver down my spine. This version is beautiful and very poignant.

  16. Tom G Says:

    My wife loves this song — I didn’t know it.

    I did love Mark Lester in Oliver in ’68 — but now I read that it wasn’t his voice, it was the daughter of the music arranger.

    Plus, Mark might be the sperm donor father of … Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris.

    So much to read.

    Lovely song; and original too (thx @Paul)

  17. Llwddythlw Says:

    I have a recording of Aled Jones (the boy) singing Pie Jesu in Faure’s requiem. It’s ok, but I really do think it sounds better with a female voice. There was something about the timbre (perhaps it’s true for all boy sopranos) which just didn’t seem to me to fit the part in this particular piece.

    To respond to Fausta, I don’t really have a favourite tenor or baritone (or even bass), but I do like Siegfried Jerusalem, and Bernd Weikl, both of whom were fine Wagnerians.

  18. Fausta Says:

    Llwddythlw, yes to SJ and Bernd! I especially like Bernd’s speaking voice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk0_SKdm2k4

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