Kathleen Ferrier sings Bach and Handel Arias

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Kathleen Ferrier sings Bach and Handel Arias

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111295
(8.111295)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th July 2008

Barcode:

0747313329526

Length:

73 minutes

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Kathleen Ferrier sings Bach and Handel Arias


Bach, J S:

Ascension Oratorio 'Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen', BWV11

Recorded 6th October (tracks 9-11 and 18), 1st November (tracks 13-17) and 3rd November (track 12), 1949 in Kingsway Hall, London

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Ena Mitchell (soprano) William Herbert (tenor), William Parsons (bass) & Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord continuo)

Cantata Singers & Jacques Orchestra, Reginald Jacques

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: No. 10: Qui sedes *

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part I, No. 10: Grief for sin (Buß und Reu)

St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2, No. 30: All is fulfilled (Es ist vollbracht!) **

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: No. 26: Agnus Dei

George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)

Samson, HWV 57: Part 1, No. 4: Return, O God of Hosts

Messiah, HWV 56: Part 1, No. 9: O Thou, that tellest good tidings to Zion

Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Part 3, No. 1: Father of Heaven

Messiah, HWV 56: Part 2, No. 23: He was despised

Kathleen Ferrier, contralto, Michael Dobson (oboe d’amore)*, Ambrose Gauntlet (viola da gamba)** Basil Lam (harpsichord continuo)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Recorded on 7th (tracks 1-4) and 8th October (tracks 5-8), 1952 in Kingsway Hall, London


Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

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Kathleen Ferrier’s highly individual, plangent voice, natural musicianship and high level of personal professionalism made her one of England’s most popular singers during her all-too-brief career.

This disc compiles a large number of her recordings of arias by Bach and Handel, to whose music she brought breadth, nobility and deep emotional commitment. She is accompanied by Sir Adrian Boult and Reginald Jacques, both major figures in England’s post-war musical life.

The Cantata recording appears on CD for the first time.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part I: No. 6. Aria: Grief for Sin (Buss und Reu)

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

St. John Passion, BWV 245, Part II: Aria: All is fulfilled (Es ist vollbracht!)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei

George Frideric Handel: Samson, HWV 57

Samson, HWV 57, Act II: Aria: Return, Oh God of hosts

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Messiah, HWV 56, Part I: Aria: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

George Frideric Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63, Part III: Air: Father of Heaven

Messiah, HWV 56

Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ascension Oratorio: Praise Our God (Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen), BWV 11

Praise our God who reigns in heaven (Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen) (Chorus)

Recitative: Then Jesus lifted His hands to heaven (Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hande auf) (Tenor)

Recitative: My Saviour, is the parting hour so near? (Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied schon so nah?) (Bass)

Aria: Ah, tarry yet, my dearest Saviour (Ach bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben) (Alto)

Recitative: And behold He rose from the midst (Und ward aufgehaben zusehends) (Tenor)

Chorale: Now at Thy feet creation lies (Nun lieget alles unter dir) (Chorus)

Recitative and Duet: And while they looked steadfastly into heaven (Und da sie ihm nachsahen) (Tenor, Bass)

Recitative: Ah Lord, now quickly come again (Ach ja! So komme bald zuruck) (Alto)

Aria: Jesus, all Thy loving kindness (Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke) (Soprano)

Chorale: When will the night be over? (Wenn soll es doch geschehen) (Chorus)

American Record Guide

“Ferrier, perhaps the finest British singer in the period following World War II, was a true contralto with technique and musicality that in the rarefied world of contraltos has never been surpassed”

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