When love and knowledge of a subject combine in a presenter, you have a good presenter. When they combine in all the contributors too, you have a great documentary. Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices (BBC4) was a great documentary.
Porter is a Grammy award-winning soul and jazz star who set out last night to examine “showstoppers” – singers with powerhouse voices that are worth the price of admission alone. Porter chose Caruso as his starting point, bringing on tenor Stephen Castello to help him describe Caruso’s interpretative abilities, his sound and how it feels when talent and technique come together to get you where you need to be. “Everyone’s waiting for the high C … you feel it coming, you get it, and when