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Kathleen Ferrier Remembered

Schubert / Ferrier / Walter
Release Date: 06/23/2017 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 264  
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohannes BrahmsHugo WolfGustav Mahler,   ... 
Performer:  Kathleen FerrierFrederick StoneBruno WalterGerald Moore
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kathleen's Ferrier's legacy of recordings has been well-known and widely-admired for over 60 years. So it seems amazing that, after so long, a treasury of previously unpublished and little-circulated BBC broadcasts is now being released. In typical fashion, SOMM leads the way in remembering great composers and artists of the past and Kathleen Ferrier is one of hte most divinely gifted among them. These recordings are from two sources. Several are from BBC's own archives and include Ferrier's first broadcast of Rubbra's Three Psalms, Op. 61, of which she was the dedicatee, five Schubert Lieder, four by Brahms and Parry's Love is a bable, recorded at the 1948 Edinburgh Festival, which makes a delightful conclusion to the album. The other Read more 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. This collection is stored at the National Sound Archive in the British Library.

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REVIEW:

Listening to these newly retrieved from BBC broadcasts and never released before, I am struck over again by the great contralto’s overriding characteristic – her natural, unfettered generosity. In song after song, she gives all of herself, nothing held back. She simply soars.

New to her discography on this release are six English tracks – three Psalms that Edmund Rubbra wrote for her in 1946, and others by Stanford, Parry, and the lesser-known Maurice Jacobsen, a mentor of hers. The songs belong to an almost forgotten era of English simplicity and Ferrier delivers them in the most idiomatic fashion, without advocacy or ornament.

I would not want to be without this record of an immortal artist, and nor will you once you have heard it.

– Open Letters Monthly (Norman Lebrecht) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Wandrers Nachtlied, D 768/Op. 96 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Songs (5), Op. 47: no 3, Sonntag by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 47: no 1, Botschaft by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 97: no 1, Nachtigall by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
6.
Mörike Lieder: no 15, Auf einer Wanderung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 12, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
8.
Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Bruno Walter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Suleika no 2, D 717/Op. 31 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Bruno Walter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Songs (4), Op. 96: no 2, Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Bruno Walter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
11.
Songs (5), Op. 47: no 1, Botschaft by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Bruno Walter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
12.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 2, Auf dem See by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
13.
Songs (4), Op. 96: no 3, Es schauen die Blumen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
14.
Songs (7), Op. 95: no 4, Der Jäger by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; Austria 
15.
Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33: no 9, Ruhe, Süssliebchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1868; Austria 
16.
Suleika no 1, D 720 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1821; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 5, Romance "Der Vollmond strahlt" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815/1821; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 6, Wasserflut by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
21.
La Belle Dame sans Merci by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; England 
22.
Psalms (3), Op. 61 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
23.
The Song of Songs by Maurice Jacobson
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Frederick Stone (Piano)
24.
English Lyrics, Set 6: no 3, Love is a bable by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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