Marian Anderson Sings Bach, Brahms, Schubert

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
"A voice like yours is heard once in a hundred years," Arturo Toscanini told Marian Anderson. Barred from using Washington's Constitution Hall in 1939, the black contralto sang in front of the Lincoln Memorial instead, drawing an audience of 75,000. Sixteen years later, the Philadelphia-born singer finally made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 -- the first African-American singer to appear with that celebrated company. Today, memories of Anderson's historic achievements often overshadow her artistic legacy. But once you've been embraced by the warm softness of her voice, you'll never forget it. This generous compilation is an invaluable reminder of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
"A voice like yours is heard once in a hundred years," Arturo Toscanini told Marian Anderson. Barred from using Washington's Constitution Hall in 1939, the black contralto sang in front of the Lincoln Memorial instead, drawing an audience of 75,000. Sixteen years later, the Philadelphia-born singer finally made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 -- the first African-American singer to appear with that celebrated company. Today, memories of Anderson's historic achievements often overshadow her artistic legacy. But once you've been embraced by the warm softness of her voice, you'll never forget it. This generous compilation is an invaluable reminder of the singer's work in opera, oratorio, and song. Highlights include an infinitely tender performance of "He Shall Feed His Flock" from Handel's "Messiah"; a version of Schubert's familiar "Ave Maria" that is transformed into something truly exalted by Anderson's astonishing breath control; and a spine-tingling interpretation of "Re dell'abisso affrettati," Ulrica's aria from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" recorded just two days after she sang the role onstage at her Metropolitan Opera debut. The program closes with three spirituals which Anderson sings with her customary technical command, musical seriousness, and soul-stirring emotional profundity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635791129
  • Catalog Number: 7911
  • Sales rank: 39,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Erbarme dich - Johann Sebastian Bach & Marian Anderson (7:58)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byRobert Shaw
    Performed byMarian Anderson, Robert Shaw
  2. 2 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He Shall Feed His Flock - George Frideric Handel & Marian Anderson (4:12)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byCharles O'Connell
    Performed byMarian Anderson, Charles O'Connell
  3. 3 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Marian Anderson (4:54)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  4. 4 Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Liebesbotschaft - Franz Schubert & Marian Anderson (2:47)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  5. 5 Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25): Wohin - Franz Schubert & Marian Anderson (2:11)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  6. 6 Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3) - Franz Schubert & Marian Anderson (2:52)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  7. 7 Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 35: Stille Tränen, No.10 - Robert Schumann & Marian Anderson (4:53)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  8. 8 Myrthen, 26 songs for voice & piano, Op. 25: Der Nussbaum, No.3 - Robert Schumann & Marian Anderson (3:10)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  9. 9 Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53 - Johannes Brahms & Marian Anderson (12:48)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    Conducted byPierre Monteux
    Performed byMarian Anderson, Pierre Monteux, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
  10. 10 Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105: No.2 Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer - Johannes Brahms & Marian Anderson (4:39)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    Conducted byEugene Ormandy
    Performed byMarian Anderson, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
  11. 11 Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4) - Richard Strauss & Marian Anderson (3:34)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  12. 12 In the silence of the secret night, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/3: In the Silence of the Secret Night Op 04 No.3 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Marian Anderson (2:41)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  13. 13 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Re dell'abisso affrettati - Dimitri Mitropoulos & Giuseppe Verdi (7:07)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byDimitri Mitropoulos
    Performed byDimitri Mitropoulos, Marian Anderson, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  14. 14 Go Down Moses - Marian Anderson & Traditional Spiritual (2:54)
    Composed byTraditional Spiritual
    Conducted byMr. Prince
    Performed byMarian Anderson, Mr. Prince
  15. 15 Crucifixion, spiritual - Marian Anderson & Traditional Spiritual (4:37)
    Composed byTraditional Spiritual
    Performed byMarian Anderson
  16. 16 My Lord, What A Morning for voice & piano - Anonymous & Marian Anderson (3:25)
    Composed byAnonymous
    Performed byMarian Anderson
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Marian Anderson Primary Artist
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