Kathleen Ferrier in New York (Remastered) Kathleen Ferrier, John Newmark, New York Philharmonic Orchestra & Bruno Walter
- Bruno Walter interviewed by Arnold Michaelis, Pt. 1:
- 1Bruno Walter interviewed by Arnold Michaelis, Pt. 108:25
- Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911): Das Lied von der Erde:
- 2Das Lied von der Erde: I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde08:28
- 3Das Lied von der Erde: II. Der Einsame im Herbst08:51
- 4Das Lied von der Erde: III. Von der Jugend03:02
- 5Das Lied von der Erde: IV. Von der Schönheit06:18
- 6Das Lied von der Erde: V. Der Trunkene im Frühling04:11
- 7Das Lied von der Erde: VI. Der Abschied28:02
- Bruno Walter interviewed by Arnold Michaelis, Pt. 2:
- 8Bruno Walter interviewed by Arnold Michaelis, Pt. 202:56
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
- 9Vergiss mein nicht, BWV 505 (Arr. for Voice & Piano)02:35
- 10Ach, dass nicht die letzte Stunde, BWV 439 (Arr. for Voice & Piano)01:56
- 11Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 (Arr. for Voice & Piano)03:40
Info zu Kathleen Ferrier in New York (Remastered)
SOMM RECORDINGS announces the release of Kathleen Ferrier in New York, historic performances of Mahler and Bach by the much-loved contralto during her triumphant visits to the United States in 1948 and 1950. Recorded live on Ferriers only appearances in Carnegie Hall in January 1948, four months after her acclaimed performance at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival, Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde reunited her with the conductor Bruno Walter and saw her making first appearances with tenor Set Svanholm and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Re-mastered by Norman White and Adrian Tuddenham, this remarkable account pre-dates Ferriers often-reissued 1952 recording by four years and finds her in exhilarating fresh voice a vivid, vital display of a great artist at her peak.
Kathleen Ferrier, contralto
Set Svanholm, tenor
John Newmark, piano
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Bruno Walter, conductor
It was a voice touched by the gods given mortal expression for all too brief a time. Yet in a professional career which spanned little more than a decade, Kathleen Ferrier left an indelible impression on music lovers the world over. It was a hauntingly beautiful voice, the rarest of female voices, a true contralto. Her vibrato was just a bit faster than most, but Ferrier used this to great emotional effect.
She made her stage debut in 1946 in the world premiere of Britten's Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne and sang Gluck's Orfeo there in 1947. It was however as a recitalist and oratorio soloist where Ferrier made her deepest impression. She was beloved of Bruno Walter who made memorable recordings with her of songs and Mahlers Das Lied von Der Erde.
In the beginning of her career, Kathleen Ferrier recorded for EMI, but she switched to Decca, preferring the warmer sound of the newly developed FFRR technique, pioneered by the Decca engineers. For such a short career, she was a prolific recording artist and her discs have rarely been out of print.