Notes and Editorial Reviews
Gerald Moore, perhaps the world's most famed accompanist said of Ferrier's singing, "It flowed out of her like a pure crystal stream; it was warm, fresh and vibrant. You were moved by its soul-stirring humanity. Music lovers all over the world heard and cherished these elements". After her death he said: "We saw her grow from talent to greatness. We saw this with our very eyes. We heard that voice - a voice naturally warm and lovely - becoming more and more glorious with each succeeding year until it finally acquired a spiritual beauty, an unearthly nobility, an all-embracing humanity that seared our souls." In his book on Mahler, Bruno Walter related how on first hearing Ferrier: "Her voice moved me as hardly any other sound. And she had a soul as well as a voice. That soul knew and resounded the very soul of Mahler's work. I have often thought how much it would have meant to him to hear the profound understanding in her performance. There was something mysterious about this creature, who appeared so limpid, gay, simple and direct. This mystery interpenetrated her singing: she sounded every depth, released every treasure in works she made her own. Her secret was unity. Everything about her was lovely: her appearance, her soul, her voice, her expression. She expressed intense feeling over the gamut from charm to tragedy, and was, throughout, possessed of a loveliness like an aura revealing the mysterious grace of her loss. Perhaps her early death was part of the mystery that brooded over the life of a great artist."