Marian Anderson Sings Bach, Brahms, Schubert

Marian Anderson Sings Bach, Brahms, Schubert

by Marian Anderson
     
 
"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

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"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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078635791129
catalogNumber:
7911

Tracks

  1. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Erbarme dich

    1. Erbarme dich  (07:58)
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He Shall Feed His Flock

    1. He Shall Feed His Flock  (04:12)
  3. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  (04:54)
  4. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Liebesbotschaft

    1. Liebesbotschaft  (02:47)
  5. Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25): Wohin

    1. Wohin  (02:11)
  6. Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Vorüber, ach vorüber"), song for voice & piano, D. 531 (Op. 7/3)  (02:52)
  7. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 35: Stille Tränen, No.10

    1. Stille Tränen, No.10  (04:53)
  8. Myrthen, 26 songs for voice & piano, Op. 25: Der Nussbaum, No.3

    1. Der Nussbaum, No.3  (03:10)
  9. Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53  (12:48)
  10. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105: No.2 Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer

    1. No.2 Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer  (04:39)
  11. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)  (03:34)
  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

    1. In the Silence of the Secret Night Op 04 No.3  (02:41)
  13. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Re dell'abisso affrettati

    1. Re dell'abisso affrettati  (07:07)
  14. Go Down Moses  (02:54)
  15. Crucifixion, spiritual  (04:37)
  16. My Lord, What A Morning for voice & piano  (03:25)

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