Two versions – From beginning until now or Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji (Winter sonata)

I am a sucker for different versions of the same song.
I love to listen to different versions and then compare and wonder why they’ve chosen these certain musical instruments for one version and others for the other, is one version stronger than another and why?
I love the way each singer takes the song to different places and gives it a different flavor and if the singer is not a pro, is might be even more interesting to listen to him.
Anyway, I used to place a few versions of the same song in my old blog and that’s what I’m going to do here as well.

This time, it’s “From the beginning until now” or Cheoeumbuteo Jigeumkkaji, a lovely, cheesy tune from the horrible drama, “Winter sonata”.
You can read about this laughable disaster fest here but in short, it’s a story of a boy and a girl who fall in love, have to part and then meet again as adults and the man doesn’t recognize the woman because of an accident.
Despite its cheesiness, I love this song.

The first version is the official theme song as it appears in the series and on the OST, the singer is Ryu Si-woon who has a lovey, soft voice.
He is a professional and uses all the classic tricks to shake the listeners heart.
There is an abundance in the string section and the modulation at the end contributes to the beauty and drama.

The second version is sang by Bae Yong-joon, who is the lead actor in “Winter Sonata”.
I fear that lovely Yong-joon is not really a singer and by the video that you can watch, it’s apparent that he is not that much into singing.
He sing with not extra frills and decorations, the key is a bit lower than the original and there are a few glitches where the rhythm and the notes are concerned.
There is such a fashion in these series where the actors sometimes sing one of the songs but this version, never featured in the series itself and I couldn’t find it on the OST so perhaps it was released as an LP before or after the show was made.
I’ve read that after playing a singer and recording a few songs for the show, Yoon Sang-hyun (who has played Oska in “Secret garden”) has discovered that he has a musical talent and has released his own solo album but in any case, Yong-joon doesn’t have any more songs that he has recorded (as far as I know), so my guess is that singing is not what he likes to do.
Despite it all, I like his version better than Ryu’s, since it’s less commercial and is sang without all of the professional tricks which are meant to make the song even more dramatic than it already is.
Yong-joon’s version is simple and straight to the point, even if he is not the greatest singer in the world, he still manages to move me.

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