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Kathleen Ferrier, contralto: The Complete EMI Recordings

Audio Samples

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orpheus and Eurydice
>     What is life without thee?
>Brahms, Johannes : Liebestreu, Op. 3 no 1
>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33
>     Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss gehn
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius
>     My work is done...It is because
>Green, Maurice : I will lay me down in peace
>Green, Maurice : O praise the Lord, ye that fear him
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>Purcell, Henry : Birthday Ode for Queen Mary
>     Sound the trumpet
>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>     Let us wander, not unseen
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur
>     Shepherd, shepherd, cease decoying
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Duets (6), Op. 63
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Gruss, Op. 63/3
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>     Sinfonia
>     Act 1. Ah! se intorno a quest'urna funesta
>     Act 1. Amici, quel lamento
>     Act 1. Ballet of Shepherds and Nymphs
>     Act 1. Ah! se intorno a quest'urna funesta
>     Act 1. Chiamo il mio ben così
>     Act 1. Voi delle ombre oscura
>     Act 1. Amore assisterà l'infelice marito!
>     Act 1. Gli sguardi trattieni
>     Act 1. Che disse? Che ascoltai?
>     Act 2. Scene 1. Dance of the Furies - Chi mai dell'Erebo
>     Act 2. Scene 1. Deh! placatevi con me
>     Act 2. Scene 1. Misero giovane!
>     Act 2. Scene 1. Mille pene, ombre sdegnose
>     Act 2. Scene 1. Ah! quale incognito
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Dance of the Heroes
>     Act 2. Scene 2. E quest'asile ameno e grato
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Che puro ciel! Che chiaro sol!
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Vien a'regni del riposo
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Ballet of the Heroes
>     Act 2. Scene 2. O voi, ombre felici
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Torna, o bello
>     Act 2. Ah vieni, o diletta, vien con me
>     Act 2. Vieni! Vieni con me, vieni, o cara!
>     Act 2. Ah, dovess'io saper
>     Act 2. Che fiero memento
>     Act 2. Ah, per me il duol ricomincia
>     Act 2. Che feci mai?
>     Act 2. Che farò senza Euridice?
>     Act 2. Ah! finisca e per sempre
>     Act 2. Non piú! che fai tu?
>     Act 2. Gaudio, gaudio son al cuore
>     Act 2. Trionfi Amore!

Album Summary

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orpheus and Eurydice
>Brahms, Johannes : Liebestreu, Op. 3 no 1
>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius
>Green, Maurice : I will lay me down in peace
>Green, Maurice : O praise the Lord, ye that fear him
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>Purcell, Henry : Birthday Ode for Queen Mary
>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Duets (6), Op. 63
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Gruss, Op. 63/3
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described as a 'legend in her own lifetime', Kathleen Ferrier rose form obscurity to become one of the most sough-after contraltos of the 20th century. This 3-CD set, released to celebrate the centenary of her birth, is a collection of her complete EMI Recordings. From her signature operatic role of Orfero in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridic 1949 Kindertotenlieder with Bruno Walter, this collection is a fitting tribute to a great British singer whose expressive voice continues to captivated listeners today. CD-1 includes rare test recordings of pieces by Gluck, Brahms and Elgar recorded by producer Wlater Legge in 1944 as well as two arias by the Baroque composer Maurice Greene that were featured in her first commercial release. CD-2 offers listeners the complete performance of her signature role of Orfero in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridic. This live recordings dates from a radio broadcast in Amsterdam in 1951. CD-3 concludes with the first and fifth movement of Kindertotenlieder. These two tracks are being issued for the first time ever. Kathleen Ferrier remains one of the best-loved British singers of our time. From her rise from obscurity to the eminence of an international career, Ferrier's extraordinary transformation was justified by the dignity and conviction of her singing and the commitment of her interpretations Ferrier truly was a 'legend in her own lifetime'.

The Observer
The voice is unique, its emotional power palpable after all these years.

The Times
The voice is unmistakable: richly textured, darkly coloured, ringed with nobility, sadness too...In some tracks she almost sounds like the darker sibling of counter-tenor Alfred Deller, another vocal wonder of the time. But the resemblance is fleeting. And as this set proves, the longer Ferrier sang the more uniquely expressive she became. Even now, almost 60 years on, her death still leaves a hole.



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Works Details

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orpheus and Eurydice :: What is life without thee?
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebestreu, Op. 3 no 1
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852-1853

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss gehn
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1894.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1894

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius :: My work is done...It is because
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Green, Maurice : I will lay me down in peace
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1743

>Green, Maurice : O praise the Lord, ye that fear him
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
  • Performer: Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Purcell, Henry : Birthday Ode for Queen Mary :: Sound the trumpet
  • Performers: Isobel Baillie (Soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen :: Let us wander, not unseen
  • Performers: Isobel Baillie (Soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur :: Shepherd, shepherd, cease decoying
  • Performers: Isobel Baillie (Soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Duets (6), Op. 63
  • Performers: Isobel Baillie (Soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/03/1836

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Gruss, Op. 63/3
  • Performers: Isobel Baillie (Soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1844

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Bruno Walter
  • Running Time: 33 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Ah! se intorno a quest'urna funesta
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Amici, quel lamento
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Ballet of Shepherds and Nymphs
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Ah! se intorno a quest'urna funesta
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Chiamo il mio ben così
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Voi delle ombre oscura
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Amore assisterà l'infelice marito!
  • Performer: Nel Duval (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Gli sguardi trattieni
  • Performer: Nel Duval (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 1. Che disse? Che ascoltai?
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 1. Dance of the Furies - Chi mai dell'Erebo
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 1. Deh! placatevi con me
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 1. Misero giovane!
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 1. Mille pene, ombre sdegnose
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 1. Ah! quale incognito
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Dance of the Heroes
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. E quest'asile ameno e grato
  • Performer: Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Che puro ciel! Che chiaro sol!
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Vien a'regni del riposo
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Ballet of the Heroes
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. O voi, ombre felici
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Torna, o bello
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Ah vieni, o diletta, vien con me
  • Performer: Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Vieni! Vieni con me, vieni, o cara!
  • Performer: Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Ah, dovess'io saper
  • Performer: Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Che fiero memento
  • Performer: Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Ah, per me il duol ricomincia
  • Performer: Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Che feci mai?
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Che farò senza Euridice?
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Ah! finisca e per sempre
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Non piú! che fai tu?
  • Performers: Nel Duval (Soprano); Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Gaudio, gaudio son al cuore
  • Performers: Nel Duval (Soprano); Greet Koeman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Trionfi Amore!
  • Conductor: Charles Bruck
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Bruno Walter
  • Running Time: 33 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904