Yes, I would like to hear her do "Malena" live too. One of my favourite Paradiso tracks, might even be my No. 1 on that album. As for Lezione, I agree. But I think that one requires a very special sort of backing, with Hayley using her voice as various musical instruments. I'd love to see it done, but it is a very clever arrangement that makes big demands of her backing musicians if it is to be done right, so the temptation for live performances I suspect is to go for something easier.
I think it's more a matter of Hayley's preference. Knowing how much of a perfectionist she can be, I doubt she would risk performing what is likely the most difficult song she's ever recorded. The backing music surely isn't easy, but it's much easier for a piano to play at that speed than the voice, especially because Hayley has to focus on the notes AND syllables at the same time. I'm sure she could do it, but like I said I'm not expecting that anytime soon. I think we'll get a performance of Malena someday though
I've noticed for a long time that Hayley seems to use her beautiful high notes sparingly in live performances. And Melena has the highest notes on Paradiso, I think equal to the highest she has ever recorded. I'm not sure why she seems to avoid high notes live, just something I've observed. Yet she sings those notes more beautifully than anyone I have ever heard.
It's true, Malena has the highest note on Paradiso: an E. It's just 7 notes down, less than an octave, from her highest note on record: the high D in "Quanta Qualia". And, now that I think about it, she's never sung that live either!
Strange isn't it Taylor, I love Quanta Qualia too, one of my all time favourite Halyey tracks. Another very clever recording like Lezione, where she uses her voice as a selection of different musical instruments, often harmonizing with the instrument she is imitating. I don't know of any other singer who can do that as well as Hayley does. I love to hear it, and if she could ever do it live it would bring the house down I'm sure. Another song where she does that that doesn't contain high notes is "Once Upon a Time in the West". I'd love to hear that live too.
Right. I think she doesn't want to risk missing a note live, but sometimes I wish she would just step out of her comfort zone and go for it. The D is her highest note on her albums, but I read on the "Hayley's Highest Note" thread that she hits a D# on a BBC radio program. Is there somewhere I can listen to that? (I didn't read through all 7 pages of the thread, so forgive me if it's there)
I'm pretty sure she has never performed Tsubomi live on stage. I always loved the video of course. It will always be very special, since John C's video of the making of this video in Mona Vale, Christchurch was the first new thing we saw from Hayley after her breakdown, and her return to NZ after her aborted concert tour. It was a very joyous thing, when I saw that I knew she was going to be OK.