Kathleen Ferrier: A Tribute

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
2003 marks the 50th anniversary of Kathleen Ferrier's death. The English contralto made her Covent Garden debut in 1947, singing the title role in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and until her death at the age of 41, just six years later, Ferrier quickly became a beloved figure the world over. Her voice was remarkable in itself -- a true contralto instrument with depth and plushness and with a slight vibrato that offered a poignant hint of vulnerability. Interpretively, she was always dignified, yet there could be enormous intensity. Her recordings of Mahler's songs are still prized today three "Rückert-lieder," recorded in her last year with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
2003 marks the 50th anniversary of Kathleen Ferrier's death. The English contralto made her Covent Garden debut in 1947, singing the title role in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and until her death at the age of 41, just six years later, Ferrier quickly became a beloved figure the world over. Her voice was remarkable in itself -- a true contralto instrument with depth and plushness and with a slight vibrato that offered a poignant hint of vulnerability. Interpretively, she was always dignified, yet there could be enormous intensity. Her recordings of Mahler's songs are still prized today three "Rückert-lieder," recorded in her last year with the venerable Bruno Walter, are included on this album, she was a magical Schubertian, a noble interpreter of Baroque opera and oratorio, and was peerless until the arrival of mezzo-soprano Janet Baker in her performances of English song. Ferrier made most of her recordings for Decca, and the label has wisely kept most of them in its active catalog. Here, as a commemorative gesture, they have packed two CDs full of highlights from the singer's illustrious though tragically brief career. The selections touch on pretty much every aspect of her art, aside from opera though several Baroque opera arias are included, and provide examples of her joyousness "Der Musensohn," "The Keel Row" as well as of her heartrending sobriety "He was Despised" from Messiah is justly celebrated. Serious collectors should have her classic account of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in their libraries, of course, and some would argue that many more of her recordings warrant a place here. Nevertheless, Decca's team has done a superb job, and for those wondering why there are so many Ferrier fans out there more than a half century after her death, this tribute should be explanation enough.
New York Times - James R. Oestreich
This set affords a splendid opportunity to luxuriate in a voice of a species that has become endangered if not quite extinct.
BBC Music Magazine - George Hall
[Ferrier's] remains a unique voice -- rich in colour, with a humanity that lights up its surface and shines all the way down to its innermost depths.

[Ferrier's] remains a unique voice -- rich in colour, with a humanity that lights up its surface and shines all the way down to its innermost depths.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2003
  • Label: Decca Import
  • UPC: 028947507826
  • Catalog Number: 475078
  • Sales rank: 137,820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orfeo ed Euridice, (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: What is life to me without thee? - Kathleen Ferrier & Christoph Willibald Gluck (4:29)
  2. 2 Orfeo ed Euridice, (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Kathleen Ferrier (5:02)
  3. 3 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Art thou troubled? - George Frideric Handel & Kathleen Ferrier (4:42)
  4. 4 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu - George Frideric Handel & Kathleen Ferrier (4:41)
  5. 5 An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4) - Kathleen Ferrier & Franz Schubert (3:10)
  6. 6 Der Musensohn ("Durch Feld und Wald zu schweifen"), song for voice & piano, D. 764 (Op. 92/1) - Kathleen Ferrier & Franz Schubert (2:16)
  7. 7 Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2) - Kathleen Ferrier & Franz Schubert (3:12)
  8. 8 Die junge Nonne ("Wie braust durch die Wipfel"), song for voice & piano, D. 828 (Op. 43/1) - Kathleen Ferrier & Franz Schubert (4:45)
  9. 9 Elias (Elijah), oratorio, Op. 70: Woe unto them - Kathleen Ferrier & Felix Mendelssohn (3:13)
  10. 10 Elias (Elijah), oratorio, Op. 70: O rest in the Lord - Kathleen Ferrier & Felix Mendelssohn (3:40)
  11. 11 Frauenliebe und -leben, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 42: Er, der Herrlichste von allen - Kathleen Ferrier & Robert Schumann (5:19)
  12. 12 Geistliches Wiegenlied ("Die ihr schwebet"), song for alto, viola & piano, Op. 91/2 - Johannes Brahms & Kathleen Ferrier (5:06)
  13. 13 Sapphische Ode ("Rosen brach ich Nachts mir am dunklen Hage"), song for voice & piano, Op. 94/4 - Kathleen Ferrier & Johannes Brahms (2:49)
  14. 14 Botschaft ("Wehe, Lüftchen, lind und lieblich"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47/1 - Kathleen Ferrier & Johannes Brahms (2:09)
  15. 15 Atalanta, opera, HWV 35: Like as the love-torn turtle - Kathleen Ferrier & George Frideric Handel (6:53)
  16. 16 A Soft Day - Kathleen Ferrier & Charles Villiers Stanford (2:56)
  17. 17 Go Not, Happy Day for voice & piano, H34 - Kathleen Ferrier & Frank Bridge (1:36)
  18. 18 Come You Not From Newcastle? - Kathleen Ferrier & British Isles Traditional (1:34)
  19. 19 The Keel Row - Kathleen Ferrier & Scottish Traditional (1:44)
  20. 20 Ma Bonny Lad - Kathleen Ferrier & Scottish Traditional (1:48)
  21. 21 Kitty My Love, Will You Marry Me?, folk song - Kathleen Ferrier & Irish Traditional (1:18)
  22. 22 Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song) - Kathleen Ferrier & English Traditional (2:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, folk song - Kathleen Ferrier & Scottish Traditional (3:12)
  2. 2 I Have A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue - Kathleen Ferrier & Irish Traditional (1:12)
  3. 3 Down by the Salley Gardens, folk song - Kathleen Ferrier & English Traditional (3:08)
  4. 4 The Stuttering Lovers, for voice & piano - Kathleen Ferrier & Irish Traditional (1:45)
  5. 5 Drink to me only with thine eyes, folk song - Kathleen Ferrier & English Traditional (3:01)
  6. 6 The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Hark! The echoing air - Kathleen Ferrier & Henry Purcell (2:52)
  7. 7 Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63: Father of Heaven - Kathleen Ferrier & George Frideric Handel (7:53)
  8. 8 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion - Kathleen Ferrier & George Frideric Handel (5:39)
  9. 9 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised - Kathleen Ferrier & George Frideric Handel (6:41)
  10. 10 Matthäuspassion (St. Matthew Passion), BWV 244: Have mercy, Lord on me - Kathleen Ferrier & Johann Sebastian Bach (8:18)
  11. 11 Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei - Kathleen Ferrier & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:43)
  12. 12 Johannespassion (St. John Passion), BWV 245: All is fulfilled - Kathleen Ferrier & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:20)
  13. 13 Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3) - Kathleen Ferrier & Franz Schubert (4:39)
  14. 14 Rosamunde, Fürstin von Cypern, incidental music, D. 797 (Op. 26): Romance - Kathleen Ferrier & Franz Schubert (3:53)
  15. 15 Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (No. 5 of 7 Songs) - Kathleen Ferrier & Gustav Mahler (5:30)
  16. 16 Ich atmet' einen linden Duft, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in D major (No. 4 of 7 Songs) - Kathleen Ferrier & Gustav Mahler (2:47)
  17. 17 Um Mitternacht, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in B minor (No. 6 of 7 Songs) - Kathleen Ferrier & Gustav Mahler (6:21)
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Album Credits

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Kathleen Ferrier Primary Artist
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