Alessandro Moreschi sings Ave Maria (no scratch)
The Unsettling voice of a Castrato

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Cavaliere Moreschi singing. Here we can hear more ease his voice and how he can sing mostly in chest voice. That's a thing that today listeners can no t understand. Castrati sang in CHEST VOICE not only head. Bernachi (another castrato) taught Farinelli how to sing 'colorature' in chest voice :D Modern sopranos and countertenors mostly uses just their head voice. The biggest problem I have find is "the mode" and I feel as Tosi said: "Modern singers" I am an ancient one... I do prefere this style so brave and sincere.

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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

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

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

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.

Arrogant Tuber : Beautifully creepy.

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

Obey Obet : Wonder what his speaking voice sounded like

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

TheMYSTICJOEJOE : I really kinda real bad for this dude

Salt McSalt : He spent his life entertaining, never able to raise a family on his own. Never knowing intimacy. It's sad in a beautiful way.

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

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.

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

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

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

apemonkis : so sad and haunting ...

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.

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.

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

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.

Brad Lawrence : I think this is absolutely beautiful. If this is what he was like towards the end of his life, imagine what he was like when he was in his prime.

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.

Ultimate Kars : I got here from Mr. Nightmare, the voice is amazing but the sad thing about it is the man singing was castrated to get that high pitched voice

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

OX1994AU : The people who dont understand why some people find this scary have to understand that its not just the tone but its scary to think that this poor dude had to be castrated to get this kind of tone...must be hard and disturbing to experience this kind of procedure

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

Iwantapplez109 : i hear this being played in a horror movie just when the vinyl player comes on by itself and starts playing this song in a dark ass room yo

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

Aurora : I think that this sounds pretty cool. I don't feel as if it's creepy at all. :)

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?????

TheVildee : So strange and uncanny to listen to... It doesn't sound like a child singing, nor a woman or a man.

jose cruz : he paid the ultimate price to sing that good ....

Wolfboy2012 : It is normal that my nuts are starting hurt and I'm cringing at what this man had to go through to sing like that.

Sharkcaster : still better than sweatshirt

The Guy Who Posts : It's so Beautiful. It sounds like He's crying while singing. That Poor Guy. No one should have to go thru what he went through.

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

Zoe Fry : I can almost sing along to this perfectly. I'm a soprano, and I can't reach some of these notes. Lol

Yin Yang : Repulsing at first, but I keep coming back to this, really unique sound...

Josephine Finnerty : After reading about other castrati in a History magazine I had to listen to this as Moreschi was known as the last castrato. My curiosity was fed by the fact that the writer of the piece said that Moreschi had made some recordings. And the sound of his voice as he sings is something that is unique and quite beautiful. Extraordinary haunting also but I am pleased to have heard it for myself.