Comet, "Notes they can barely reach, beyond their range". That was very irrelevant as we are talking about Hayley Westenra, a soprano, and mind you these notes are well within her range. If you do not care for high notes, then good for you, but I have heard Hayley sing those notes, and I'm not remarking on something she was never able to do.
And since this particular video is about said "high notes" I don't think I'm being off-topic either when I discussed about her higher registers.
Well said martin, I always remind myself of the Malena recording that her high notes are still amazing. I also agree about her not feeling confident enough about the high notes. This is a worry for all singers, the high note is always the big deal, that they just want it to come out right, and many have failed so many times live in doing so. I think a flawless performance is better than a failed attempt (not that Hayley would fail at it, because we know very well she can hit it), but still she's trying to be within her comfort zone.
And Dave, too high is not what I am talking about. And it's not the minority, majority of us woudn't want Hayley to sing "out of her range". But there arises the question of 'what is?', so just remind yourselves that she is a soprano. The notes that we're not hearing from Hayley like martin said in live performances are natural tones produced by any soprano. Not something incredibly high. (Though Hayley has hit some incredibly high notes in Quanta qualia and such recordings)
I've edited one or two posts down a bit to hopefully remove anything that could be (or has been) taken as personal remarks. Everyone is fully entitled to have and to express their opinion on "how high is too high", we just need to keep it cool.
More on topic, I've just noticed that on the 19th of this month (US time) the top three Countries for visits to the HWI Youtube channel were:
Japan - 4,129 (previous daily record for Japan was 1,685) USA - 1,134 UK - 785
Half of them were for Amazing Grace (Christchurch Memorial Service) and it looks like it's down to this programme!
Simba, she may technically still be a soprano, but now that her voice has (and probably is still) matured, she might not feel that she is quite as able to hit those notes without strain so much anymore. Sure, she showed she still can, but there must be a reason why she hasn't for so long, she must have either wanted to preserve her voice (for tours, and such, maybe), or she just hasn't felt comfortable enough to hit the notes.
I used to be a soprano in high school choir, but nowadays, I'm less able to hit notes I would have been able to do back then. For a while in my choir days, I started being able to hit notes I never would have thought I'd be able to do. But now that I'm way out of practice, and older, yet again, I would struggle to hit those notes again. But of course, Hayley isn't out of practice.
My YouTube channel has had similar results for a while Dave. Japan has been top for months. Yesterday Japan came top with 973 views, then USA with 263 and UK with 230. Top videos Ave Maria - 1552 views (58.9%) What you never know - 404 Views (15.3%) (this is a new video of course) Rule Britannia - 137 Views (5.2%)
Japan did show a large peak yesterday however, so you may be right.
I also had a huge peak in views on 7th October, mostly from S. Korea (3,500 views from there when the usual average is around 50) but partly from the USA too - no idea what caused that.
Yes Libby, I never disagreed to anything you said, which is why I was merely stating the fact that it has to come down to this, like I said you get something, you lose something. It was just an observation, not demanding hayley to sing these notes.
Not quite sure which video you mean. A have several from around that time the most promising being 2 videos from NHK TV in Japan dated 2nd August, a TV appearance in which she sang Amazing Grace unaccompanied. If it is that one I have it. There is an "Asaichi" logo at top right of the screen on these. Also includes a performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water.