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The Very Best Of Kathleen Ferrier

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The melancholic quality of Ferrier’s singing penetrates her performances of a wide range of repertory, including the English folk songs she often performed. Seventy years on the sharply focused playing and choral singing still impress… [Ferrier] comes into her own, though, in No 11, where she’s truly magnificent: her central aria, imploring the risen Christ to ‘tarry yet’ on earth, remains one of the most beautiful things she ever committed to disc. It is rare in our experience that items go missing entirely, but occasionally they are delayed by a few days.

This features recordings made for Decca and the BBC between 1946 and 1953 and includes a previously unpublished recording of Ferrier’s passionate performance of Lennox Berkeley’s Four Poems of St Teresa of Ávila. Familiar pieces by defining proponents of British song including Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter, Frank Bridge and Peter Warlock complete a crucial celebration of Ferrier’s inimitable contribution to the genre. In superb recorded sound, this discovery is a real treasure and completes the recordings available of the three works in which Ferrier sang at the 1950 Vienna Bach Festival. Her singing was of such rare beauty: beauty of expression, beauty of voice, purity, and beauty of personality.Decca has released a centenary edition with 14 CDs, as well as a new film, directed by Diane Perelsztejn and narrated by the English actress Charlotte Rampling, that explores the life and legacy of Ferrier, who died at 41 from cancer.

Kathleen Ferrier with the tenor Peter Pears at the Edinburgh festival, was an English contralto known for her exceptionally low, rich voice and her surprising death at 41. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site, provide personalised content and advertising, analyse our traffic, and ensure you see more of what you love. So we can hear her sing Lieder by Schubert and Brahms and songs by Stanford and Jacobson which have never before been issued.

Hold in affection Jesus Christ – recorded by Ferrier in 1949 with tenor William Herbert, bass William Parsons and Dr Reginald Jacques’ Cantata Singers and bewitching encore in the sublime Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring. v=1652351387","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":29838181368066,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":1.

Kathleen Ferrier in Celebration of Bach ( Ariadne 5004) was acclaimed by Gramophone as “an important addition to Ferrier’s discography… one of the most beautiful things she ever committed to disc”.

Ferrier excelled in oratorio and song-repertoire (not a natural actress, she took on comparatively few operatic roles, but created the title-role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne in 1946 and won considerable acclaim for Gluck’s Orfeo at the same house the following year); her recordings of folk-songs such as ‘Blow the wind southerly’ and ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’, the arias from Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio, and especially Mahler’s orchestral songs and Das Lied von der Erdewith Bruno Walter and the Wiener Philharmoniker have achieved legendary status. The other source is the remarkable collection of Kenneth Leech, a composer and engineer who, from the 1930s to the 1950s, recorded numerous broadcasts, mainly using Bakelite and metal discs – the usual way for an enthusiast to preserve radio programmes at that time.

com (also known as Esprit) has been the world's biggest and best seller of premium quality and top condition rare and vintage vinyl records, rare CD's and music memorabilia since 1985 - that's 39 years! So it seems amazing that, after so long, a treasury of previously unpublished and little-circulated BBC broadcasts is now being released. The Appendix to Winifred Ferrier's The Life of Kathleen Ferrier contains "taken from her own notebook, a list of what she sang" (pp. For items that are dispatched using our standard service, we ask that you wait 14 days from the date of dispatch before reporting any items as undelivered.

In due course these and later recordings were reissued in other formats: Long-playing (LP), cassette tape and compact disc (CD). These recorded performances are immensely valuable, as they allow us, so many years later, to hear several songs that Ferrier never set down commercially – including Brahms’ Nachtigall – as well as others that can be now compared with their commercially-made counterparts. Paul Campion's book 'Ferrier - A Career Recorded' (second edition, published by Thames in 2005 and now distributed by Music Sales) contains details of all Ferrier recordings known at the time of publication. Finest of all, I think, are the Vier ernste Gesänge, the voice at its most sumptuous and utterly right for the songs, the style having noble breadth and authority as well as keeping compassionate personal contact. In addition, there are eight treasurable items from a 1949 Norwegian Radio recital in Oslo, which include her only published recordings of Hugo Wolf.

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