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Shirley Verrett - Carnegie Hall Recital


Release Date: 02/01/2011 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 82319  
Composer:  Franz SchubertPeter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei RachmaninovTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Shirley VerrettCharles Wadsworth
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Miss Verrett...comes into her own in the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov songs. Her essentially lovely voice warms to these and I found them all most enjoyable... I hope Miss Verrett...will some day give us a recital of Russian songs, including some by Borodin and Mussorgsky, for she responds so sympathetically to those included on this disc...

-- Gramophone [6/1968]
reviewing the original LP release

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...I enjoyed hearing the immense sincerity she already brought to An die Musik and to Die Allmacht, a song calling for the dramatic power of an opera singer. The Russian items, sung in the original, are also deeply felt and here the unaffected style is very welcome. Needless to say the
Read more spirituals are superbly done, particularly Oh, Glory!, which I used, not long ago, for a radio profile of this artist. Witness shows off her excellent rhythmic sense and diction in English. Alleluia is technically secure, but the piece calls for a brighter voice. The accompanist is no great asset and as recorded sounds clangy. I do hope RCA will soon give us a new recital from this rich-voiced mezzo; she deserves as much.

-- Gramophone [6/1973]
reviewing an LP reissue of this recording

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“I believe in working and in being good.” - Shirley Verrett

"On stage Miss Verrett presents both a stunning physical appearance and a stunning voice. Vocally her range is large, and her voice is exceptionally expressive and memorable. She works on dramatics – conveying the meaning of the words – and strives equally hard, and equally successfully, to sustain a flowing musical line. She has mastered the subtlety of Schubert songs and the coloratura of Mozart’s “Alleluia.” The hymns and spirituals which she has been singing since childhood, and which she still loves to do, she obviously sings from the heart."

- Mary Campbell
quoted from the program notes for this album. 1965
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Works on This Recording

1.
An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2.
An Schwager Kronos, D 369/Op. 19 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
3.
Ständchen, D 889 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
4.
Die Allmacht, D 852 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
5.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 7, Was I not a little blade of grass? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Language: Russian 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Language: Russian 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 5, Oh thou, my field by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Language: Russian 
8.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 11, Spring waters by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Language: Russian 
9.
He’s Goin’ Away by Traditional
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangement by John Jacob Niles. 
10.
Old American Songs, Set 2: Zion's Walls by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Language: English 
11.
Old American Songs, Set 2: At the River by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
12.
Honor, Honor by Traditional
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangement by Hall Johnson. 
13.
Oh, Glory! by Traditional
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangement by Hall Johnson. 
14.
Witness by Traditional
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Written: USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Arrangement by Hall Johnson. 
15.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Language: Latin 

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