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Kathleen Ferrier - Bach: B Minor Mass; Brahms Songs; 2 Recitals


Release Date: 12/08/2003 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 2260/62   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachHenry PurcellGeorge Frideric HandelHugo Wolf,   ... 
Performer:  Kathleen FerrierElisabeth SchwarzkopfPaul SchöfflerAlfred Poell,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanSir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus ViennensisVienna Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 3 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Guild release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of this beloved, world-famous soprano. It offers the complete broadcast of the Bach B Minor Mass from 1950 on the 200th anniversary of Bach’s death, in which Ferrier’s singing of the Agnus Dei brought the implacable Von Karajan to tears while he conducted. The album also includes the broadcast, with commentary, of Ferrier singing Brahms’ Four Serious Songs, conducted by Sir Malcom Sargent and two complete recitals from 1949 and 1952. The booklet offers an interesting article by Derek Adlam on the singer and the performances together with texts for the Bach and Brahms works.

Contents:

Johann Sebastian BACH: (1685-1750) Mass in B Minor
Read more Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Walter Ludwig (tenor), Paul Schöffler (bass)
Vienna Singverein, Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Recorded off-air from a live radio broadcast on 15th June 1950
(missing passages patched from the 1952 studio recording).

Johannes BRAHMS: (1833-1897) Four Serious Songs
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent
Recorded off-air from a BBC broadcast on 12th January 1949

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Hark! The Echoing Air (from ‘The Fairy Queen’)
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Like as the love-lorn turtle (from ‘Atalanta’)
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) How changed the vision (from ‘Admeto’)
Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Veborgenheit
Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Der Gärtner
Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Auf ein altes Bild
Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Travelling
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Pianist Unknown
Recorded 1949 from a recital in Oslo

Adolf JENSEN (1837-1879) Altar
Henry PURCELL (1659-1695), arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) From silent Shades
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) The Fairy Lough
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) A soft day
Sir Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Love is a bable
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1858) Silent Noon
Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Go not, Happy Day
Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Sleep
Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Pretty ring time
TRADITIONAL arr. Benjamin BRITTEN Come you not from Newcastle
TRADITIONAL arr. HUGHES Kitty my love
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Pianist Unknown
Recorded 1952 from a recital in London

GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2260/2 [3CDs: 74.47+65.10+60.23]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Paul Schöffler (Bass),
Alfred Poell (Bass), Walther Ludwig (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1950 
Venue:  Live  International Bach Festival, Vienna 
Length: 120 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed in Latin and Greek. 
2.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Hark! The echoing air by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Oslo, Norway 
Language: English 
3.
Atalanta, HWV 35: Like as the love-lorn turtle by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Oslo, Norway 
Language: English 
4.
Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Cangiò d'aspetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Oslo, Norway 
Language: English 
5.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 3, Verschwiegene Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Oslo, Norway 
6.
Mörike Lieder: no 17, Der Gärtner by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Oslo, Norway 
7.
Lied(er) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Venue:  Oslo, Norway 
8.
From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; England 
Language: English 
9.
English Lyrics, Set 6: no 3, Love is a bable by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
10.
House of life: no 2, Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
11.
Go not, happy day, H 34 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
12.
Sleep by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
13.
Pretty ring time by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
14.
Newcastle by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
15.
Kitty, my love, will you marry me? by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
16.
A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140: no 3, A soft day by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
17.
An Irish Idyll in six miniatures, Op. 77: no 2, The Fairy Lough by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  London, England 
Language: English 
18.
Serious Songs (4), Op. 121 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/12/1949 
Language: German 

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