Sunday April 22, 2012 marked the centenary of one of the finest and most beloved singers of the 20th century – the English contralto, Kathleen Ferrier. Her international career lasted just eight years, from 1946 until her untimely death in 1953 from cancer at the age of 41.
Renowned conductor Bruno Walter once said: “The greatest thing in music in my life has been to have known Kathleen Ferrier and Gustav Mahler – in that order.”
Decca Classics, the label which recorded so much of her output in that short career, is proud to release a brand-new DVD documentary to commemorate her life. The film is a touching portrait of an extraordinary woman and features a rare audio interview recorded at the peak of her careerRead more and digitally re-mastered recordings of her finest performances, some never before released. It includes a CD featuring previously unreleased Kathleen Ferrier recordings.
1. A Lancashire Lass
2. War breaks out
3. "I took my things to London and started my career there"
4. An Oratorio Singer?
5. "My First Opera" - Glyndebourne 1946
6. Bruno Walter
7. "Making Musical History"
8. North America
9. Kathleen off the stage
10. Rick Davies
11. Das Lied von der Erde
12. Orpheus & Euridice, Covent Garden Read less