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)