i know i am a little late in finding such a gem, but his voice is mesmerizing. so, ladies and gentlemen, this is Thomas Quasthoff.
Found him through my recent addiction to Winterreise, and i’ve been listening for hours.
He is a bass-barritone, German legend that has since retired from singing (sighh). his story moves me. The singer, the man, his music. Quasthoff was born in Germany, with serious birth defects caused by his mother’s exposure during pregnancy to the drug thalidomide which was prescribed as an antiemetic to combat her morning sickness. Quasthoff is 1.34 m tall due to shortening of the long bones in his legs,and his upper extremities has very short or absent long bones. He was not allowed to study music because every student had to play the piano. Thomas Quasthoff decided to study in private lessons.
Here’s a beautiful rendition of Georgia on my mind.
and here, he sings bach
And everyone needs to hear this Swing Low Sweet Chariot.