Alessandro Moreschi sings Ave Maria (no scratch)

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itecnus : It takes balls to sing like this.

Matthew Cipolla : Mr. Nightmare says this is one of the creepiest audio recordings ever. I disagree. His voice was beautiful.

Arrogant Tuber : Beautifully creepy.

Fuck. : I can hear the sadness in his voice and it depresses me

Animaniac : Chilling... They tried to preserve the beauty and purity of a child's voice. This isn't it... This is haunting

Skelettgespenst : I love how the comments are either "this is such a beautiful song" or "that poor guy lost his balls" and nothing else.

Hannah Weiss : He was in his 50s at the time of this recording

herbert : reportedly, moreschi did all his recordings in his 40s. this is the voice of a 40-something-year-old man. think about that.

Grim : his voice is so nice. but I feel for him, he had his manhood taken from him.

Melissa Johnson : I feel so lucky to be able to hear the voice of the last Castrato. His voice isn't what I imagined. But, what a privilege to hear this historical piece. Thank you for sharing this.

Billy Denty : There is such an overwhelming sadness in his voice it's both beautiful and depressing at the same time

Obey Obet : Wonder what his speaking voice sounded like

Dakotah Smith : the sound of his voice makes me sad, he sounds like he didn't want to be castrated..... :(

Taumpy Tears : its a disturbing sound because of his castration. Hearing his voice and looking at the full grown man that produced it is unsettling and creepy. I feel sorry for these men.

Daniel Johnson : at 2:29, he hits a B7 note. Mariah Carey's highest note recorded is G7 (in Emotions), two notes lower. God bless his soul.

Kuba Łozowski : It doesn't sound neither like a child nor woman.. a bit scary, but fascinating

TheZeroSbr : You guys realize he was way past his prime by the time he got around to recording this, right? He actually did have some notable skill. Stop being so hard on the guy. His technique is different, sure, but he uses what are called "grace notes". His style is dated, but not poor. Stop saying that he was bad, because he wasn't.

Iambic Pentameter : I'm sorry, but I like my boys too much. A decent singing voice ain't worth it.

Phantasmagora : 1. He was past his prime. He was about 50 when he did his recording. 2. The rhythmic hiccups and scoops were the aesthetic of the time. 3. His style was suited to the Sistine Chapel. The lack of reverberation and the primitive recording tech do him no justice. 4. Castrato voices were just a boy's vocal chords resonating in a man's body, hence the sound. Not a female voice, falsetto, countertenor, etc. 5. Guy sang lead in the Church choir, served as Director of Soloists for a while, got rave reviews in his prime, got married, adopted a kid, and by most accounts, was pretty happy. It was different time, although this custom itself remains pretty gruesome. Thank you for your time.

Ashley B : Kind of eerie for me

William L : Something about this is haunting, it has a forlorn beauty about it. It depresses me but I still listen to it.....strange.

Arthur Wilkens : it's very difficult to explain what i feel listening to this recording. anyway, i just can't stop listening to it.

Nintendo Fan : In his voice, I can hear a mixture of triumph and pain. This is a man who sacrificed his future to keep italian opera singing alive, and I give him the utmost praise for that.

Michael Xenos : You can hear the sadness in his voice. You should never take a mans testicles

Dylan Stoll : I had my friend listen to this and he goes "That's a girl. It has to be." Showed him the title and the picture of the guy and he flipped out.

Eric Harris : This makes me extremely uncomfortableI'm not exactly sure why it just really does

EFFtheCoolKids : Damn, I can't admire his voice for feeling overwhelming sad. I wonder if he ever journaled his feelings about how he was mutilated.

Josku2411 : This sounds extremely interesting on the other hand it's creepy but on the other hand it's quite relaxing

TheMYSTICJOEJOE : I really kinda real bad for this dude

Anglo Historian : This is very haunting, as if one can hear the pain of what was done to him still in his voice.

Flippy Flop The Whale : Still better then 99% of what the kids listen to nowadays/

Umar Awan : We need to stop denying their existence. They were real. And just because it was unethical what happened to them; it is about time we respected them. Only than would the losses of those thousands be overcome or atleast substituted.

gfg016 : it feels strange listening to someone who had to sacrifice his sexual maturity to sing this

Gloomsoul : well chop off my nuts and call me high pitched! this guy is epic!!

Lighthouse 5 : The act of castration was very sick and terrible, i feel so bad for him and all the other castratos, i don't even know how any castrato even agreed to be castrated.

apemonkis : so sad and haunting ...

Eugen Ion : to have a castrato in the family was a sign of poverty... only poor family where sacrifice a son. for one hundred year 3-4000 children where castrated every year and most of them didn't succeed in music... sad

Dogmatil : Listening to this just makes me sad really.... it's tragic what happened to these poor boys.

MrProwler101477 : Some critics say he was a mediocre singer at best with the only claim to fame is the title of the last and only Castrato on record and of little interest! maybe no Farinelli but I think the likes on here speak for itself this 113 year old recording with all its technical limitations and degradation of all those years brings to me more emotion than any Carusu recording has! I play Classic rock blues and love almost every genre of music including Opera one can recognize talent when you can fell feel it embrace your soul .. his voice is ethereal with such a beautiful and delicate quality yet brings a cold shiver down your spine without knowing why? does anyone else think the same?????

Tijolinho : As I was listening to this, my cockatiel got his little beak out of his food and gave me a look that said "This sounds so beautiful".

Jair Crawford : I see a lot of comments about how he sounds so sad as he sings, and how you can hear the pain of his condition through his voice. While he may have lamented his condition, keep in mind what he is doing is a very dated style of singing that was popular with the Sistine Chapel choir from the mid-1800's. It was a sort of overly-dramatic style that emphasized emotion, or putting a sob in every note, as some people described it. This does not mean that he was sad when he sang this. In fact I find that unlikely. He was probably both highly nervous and excited because he was being recorded, which was a VERY big deal back then, being new technology and all. If you listen carefully at the end of one of his other recordings (Tosti's Ideale), he sings in the exact same style, but afterwards his colleagues all cheer for him very enthusiastically and you can just barely hear him saying "grazie!" with what sounds very much like an enthusiastic high-pitched chuckle in it. So that emotion that he portrays in his singing is very likely coincidental to his condition, although it certainly doesn't help with the eeriness factor for us as listeners.

Maze : In a city in italy, i guess, it was forbidden for women to sing in public, many 100 of years ago. So they took church boys to sing the parts of the primadonna and other female charakters. Grown men got a deeper breath, than women with corsets on, so it was normal that in an opera were only male actors and some of then were castrated to keep the high voice. (what is forbidden now) Not much later it was popular in one half of the world. castrated boys died after the sergary because of the bad hygiene. A poor family often wanted their boys to sing that high forever, because they earned petty much money, when they got popular. it's a bad thing, I just wanted you to know the history of those singers. PS: sorry for my bad english

Samuel Rioux : Alessandro Moreschi sings Ave Maria (no balls)

Crystal Chong : Would Bieber make a good Castrato?

tobyjet : i feel sadness

Anthony McCarthy : This couldn't be what the baroque and classical castrati sounded like, this is pure 19th century romantic style. And he must have sounded better when he was young, he as pretty old when he made this.

Francis Lappin : His voice is actually beautiful. I prefer him to alot of other choir/opera singers. You can feel the emotion in this guys voice and imagine what he's been through.

Jacob Hoss : I imagine hearing him live in the sanctuary of a great Italian cathedral would be positively haunting. It's a shame there wasn't better recording technology back then to capture the voices that these men sacrificed their manhood for.

Bryan Dail : i feel bad for the castration, but what a beautiful voice!

Flipgirl : The background music is fire.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥