Use of vibrato in singing and violin playing

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Use of vibrato in singing and violin playing

Could someone point me towards some accessible work on the use of vibrato in singing and violin playing? Developments throughout the years, etc.

I have gathered from my reading that early music aficionados absolutely detest vibrato. Why is that? Isn't vibrato a natural production of sound by the vocal organs? That goes for singing.

What about in violin playing? Doesn't lack of vibrato make the playing dry and astringent? For example, I have two versions of the Korngold Violin Concerto. One by Gil Shahan and the other by Anne Sophie Mutter. Shahan uses much less vibrato than Mutter. I find that I prefer the Mutter because she uses much more vibrato. Somehow the Mutter is more human. Opinions, please?

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

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