Norma Procter

Biography

Born: February 15, 1928; Cleethorpes, England  
Mary Norma Procter was a leading British contralto in the years after World War II. She was a pupil of Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw.

Although she did sing opera (including being chosen by Benjamin Britten to sing the title role of his The Rape of Lucretia at the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival and making her Covent Garden debut in Gluck's Orpheus) she was best known as a concert, oratorio, and recital singer.

She had a rich, warm voice
Read more that was strong and reliable, lacking the pinched or squally sound that often is associated with oratorio singing.

Fittingly, she made her debut singing Handel's Messiah at Southwark Cathedral in 1958 and went on to work with the leading conductors of her time, including Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Jascha Horenstein, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Pierre Boulez. She sang in and recorded virtually every Mahler work with an alto part, including the first complete version of Mahler's Das klagende Lied. Others of her recordings include Handel's Alcina with Joan Sutherland, several Bach cantatas, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Delman, Procter, Maran, Boyce, Krips
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002127002 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ralph Downes,  Bruce Boyce,  Michael Cunningham,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir
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    Rafael Kubelik - The Symphony Edition [23-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054802 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Teresa Berganza,  Wieslaw Ochman,  Thomas Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Overtures, Grosse Fuge / Ansermet, Suisse Romande
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Choeur Du Brassus,  Choeur Des Jeunes De L’église National De Vandoise
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    Britten: Spring Symphony; Hymn To St. Cecilia; Choral Dances From 'gloriana'
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Peter Pears,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm
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    Joan Sutherland: Rare Broadcasts
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Charles Edward Horn  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  April Cantelo,  Richard Bonynge,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cappella Coloniensis
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    Peter Pears - Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001437802 Release Date: 06/22/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Peter Pears,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Olive Dyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Steuart Bedford,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boyd Neel String Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Kubelik, Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95551 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Norma Procter,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Chorus,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir,  North German Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Benjamin Britten - The Rarities
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468811 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Benjamin Britten,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Galina Vishnevskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  John Iveson,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 745369 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Gwenyth Annear,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Anna Reynolds  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Britten: Spring Symphony, Cantata Academica, Etc / Britten
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 425153 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Norma Procter,  Peter Pears,  Owen Brannigan  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Emmanuel School Boys Chorus  ... 
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  • 11.
    Handel: Alcina / Leitner, Sutherland, Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001250302 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Jeannette van Dijck,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Chorus,  Cappella Coloniensis
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    Maw: Scenes And Arias;  Milner: Roman Spring, Etc
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Milner,  Nicholas Maw
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Robert Tear,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Anne Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta Chorus,  London Sinfonietta,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 3, Etc / Haitink, Concertgebouw
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000660702 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Maureen Forrester,  Werner Hollweg,  Norma Procter,  Heather Harper
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  St. Willibrod Boy's Choir  ... 
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  • 14.
    Stokowski Conducts Baroque Masterworks
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 538 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Raymond Clarke,  Charles Spinks,  Hugh Bean,  Desmond Bradley  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4150 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Richard Lewis,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Kim Borg
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Northern Symphony
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    Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 8, Kindertotenlieder
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61837 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  John Mitchinson,  Vladimir Ruzdjak,  Donald McIntyre  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Finchley Children's Music Group  ... 
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  • 17.
    Mahler: Symphonie No 2 / Kubelik, Mathis, Procter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457905 Release Date: 09/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Handel: Samson / Richter, Young, Arroyo, Donath, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 453245 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong,  Jerry J Jennings,  Martina Arroyo,  Helen Donath  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Bach Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Kubelik
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447529 Release Date: 03/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Martina Arroyo,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah / Sargent, Royal Po & Chorus
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Alexander Young,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Choral Society
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Biography

Born: February 15, 1928; Cleethorpes, England  
Mary Norma Procter was a leading British contralto in the years after World War II. She was a pupil of Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw.

Although she did sing opera (including being chosen by Benjamin Britten to sing the title role of his The Rape of Lucretia at the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival and making her Covent Garden debut in Gluck's Orpheus) she was best known as a concert, oratorio, and recital singer.

She had a rich, warm voice
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Introduction: "As God the Lord of Israel liveth"
Overture; Help, Lord! wilt thou quite destroy us?
The deeps afford no water; Lord! bow Thine ear
Ye people, rend your hearts - If with all your hearts
Yet doth the Lord see it not; Elijah! get thee hence;
For He shall give His angels
Now Cherith's brook is dried up; What have I to do
Blessed are the men who fear Him
As God the Lord of Saboath liveth; Baal, we cry to thee
Draw near, all ye people; Lord God of Abraham
Cast thy burden upon the Lord
O Thou, who makest Thine angels
The fire descends from heaven; Take all the prophets
Woe unto them; O man of God; Thanks be to God!
Hear ye, Isael; Be not afraid; The Lord hath exalted
Have ye not heard; Man of God
Though stricken, they have not grieved
It is enough! O Lord, now take - See, now he slee- peth
Lift thine eyes; He, watching over Israel;
Arise Elijah; Oh Lord, I have laboured in vain!
O rest in the Lord; He that shall endure; Night... falleth
Arise now!; Behold! God the Lord passed by
Above Him stood the Seraphim; Go, return upon thy way!
I go on my way; For the mountains shall depart
Then did Elijah the prophet; Then shall the righteous
Behold, God hath sent Elijah; But Lord, from the north
O come every one; And then shall your light break forth
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - Allegro assai
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Poco adagio
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ausserst langsam - Adagissimo
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Grave -
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Allegro
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Musette
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Menuet
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Oh Dei! Quivi non scorgo
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - O s'apre al riso
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Questo è il cielo de' contenti
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ballo Gavotte
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ballo Menuett
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ballo Alla breve
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ecco l'infido
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Di' cor mio, quanto t'amai
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Mi ravvisi, Ruggier
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Di te mi rido, semplice stolto
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Qua dunque
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - È gelosia, forza è d'amore
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - La cerco invano
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Semplicetto! a donna credi?
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ah, infedele, infedel!
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Se nemico mi fossi
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - La bocca vaga
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - A quai strani perigli
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Tornami a vagheggiar
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Col celarvi a chi v'ama un momento
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Qual portento mi richiama
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Atlante, dove sei?
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Pensa a chi geme
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Qual odio
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Vorrei vendicarmi del perfido cor
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Chi scuopre al mio pensiero
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - S'acqieti / E la tua pace
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ama, sospira, ma non t'offende
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Non scorgo
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Mio bel tesoro
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Regina, sei
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ah! mio cor! schemito sei!
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Or, che dici
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - E' un folle, è un vil affetto
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Eccomi
Handel: Alcina, HWV 34 / Act 2 - Verdi prati
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ah! Ruggiero crudel, tu non mi amasti!
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Sinfonia
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Voglio amare
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Credete al mio dolore
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Minganna
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Un momento di contento
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Molestissimo
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Ma quando tornerai
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Tutta d'armat
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Niuna forza
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Mi restano le lagrime
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Sin per le vie
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Le lusinghe
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Non è amor, né gelosia
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Prendi, e vivi.Ruggiero vuol la tua libertà
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Dall'orror
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Entrée
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Tamburino
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Dopo tante amare pene
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 1 - Beim Weidenbaum, im kühlen Tann
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 1 - Ein Spielmann zog einst des Weges daher
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 1 - Ach Spielmann, lieber Spielmann mein!
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 2 - Von hohen Felsen erglänzt das Schloß
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 2 - Was ist der König so stumm und bleich
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 2 - Ach Sielmann, lieber Spielmann mein!
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 2 - Auf springt der König von seinem Thron
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied - Part 2 - Ach Bruder, lieber Bruder mein!
"Veni creator spiritus"
"Imple superna gratia"
"Infirma nostri corporis"
Tempo I. (Allegro, etwas hastig)
"Infirma nostri corporis"
"Accende lumen sensibus"
"Qui Paraclitus diceris"
"Gloria sit Patri Domino"
Poco adagio
Più mosso (Allegro moderato)
"Waldung, sie schwankt heran"
"Ewiger Wonnebrand"
"Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen"
"Gerettet ist das edle Glied"
"Jene Rosen, aus den Händen"
"Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest"
"Ich spür' soeben"
"Dir, der Unberührbaren"
"Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen"
"Er überwächst uns schon"
"Blicket auf zum Retterblick"
"Alles Vergängliche"