Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Mahler: Das Lied / Kathleen Ferrier

Release Date: 7/29/2003
Catalog Number: APR5579
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The account of Das Lied von der Erde is of the greatest importance because it is only one of two collaborations on disc with Barbirolli, who admired the singer so much, and because it is the only record, in both senses, of Barbirolli's interpretation. We owe its existence to a private enthusiast who happened to record it from the BBC Third Programme on his then-new Ferrograph machine. Seven bars at the beginning are wanting and there are moments of the kind of interference then endemic to wireless listening. Such minor defects matter not a whit in view of the immediacy of the reading on all sides and the reasonably good sound all round...The youthful Richard Lewis surpasses himself with just the kind of impassioned, lyrical singing the exacting songs for tenor call for...Ferrier recorded the Alto Rhapsody for Decca in 1947 with Clemens Krauss; this Norwegian broadcast of two weeks later is to be preferred. The slightly quicker speeds aid Ferrier in giving a more vital account of her part, and the Oslo chorus is much more alert than its London Philharmonic counterparts of the day.The music's tessitura is ideally suited to Ferrier's voice."

- Gramophone, (September 2003 - Page 69)
Works on This Recording
1. Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Richard Lewis (Tenor), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908-1909 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor: Erik Tuxen
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869 ; Austria
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