Handel: Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone) (Vieni o figlio)

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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder


Gluck:

Chiamo il mio ben così (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Charles Bruck

Deh placatevi con me (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Netherlands Opera, Charles Bruck

Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Charles Bruck

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Charles Bruck

Greene, M:

O praise the Lord

arr. Roper

Gerald Moore (piano)

I will lay me down in peace

arr. Roper

Gerald Moore (piano)

Handel:

Spring is coming (from Ottone)

Gerald Moore (piano)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Gerald Moore (piano)

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Mendelssohn:

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

sung in English as ' I would that my love'

Gerald Moore (piano), Isobel Baillie (soprano)

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

sung in English as 'Greeting'

Gerald Moore (piano), Isobel Baillie (soprano)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Gerald Moore (piano), Isobel Baillie (soprano)

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

Gerald Moore (piano), Isobel Baillie (soprano)

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

Gerald Moore (piano), Isobel Baillie (soprano)


Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

“An outstandingly beautiful performance … Kathleen Ferrier, under Bruno Walter’s inspired direction, sings these songs as, one feels, Mahler must have imagined them.” Gramophone Magazine

“Gluck only accounts for around a quarter of this legendary Kathleen Ferrier disc (though one of the greatest-ever recordings of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder is surely none too shoddy a bonus!), but for a snapshot of 'Klever Kaff's' Orfeo (recorded here under Charles Bruck and the orchestra and chorus of the Netherlands Opera) there's no better bargain.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

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OperaBabes: Silent Noon

OperaBabes: Silent Noon


Balfe:

The Bohemian Girl: When other lips and other hearts

Britten:

O Waly, Waly

Down by the Salley Gardens

Dibdin:

Tom Bowling

Handel:

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Ireland:

If I had Dreams to Sell

Ketèlbey:

Bells across the Meadows

Murray, A:

I'll walk beside you

Novello:

We'll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance to Dream)

Purcell:

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

Quilter:

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Drink to me only

Scott, Lady J:

Think on me

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon


OperaBabes: Rebecca Knight (soprano), Karen England (mezzo-soprano) & Janet Haney (piano)

A beautiful collection of songs by celebrated British composers, brought to life by the revered duo the OperaBabes.

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Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson: A Tribute

Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson: A Tribute


Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Handel:

Qui d'amor (from Ariodante)

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep

Theodora, HWV 68: Oh! that I on wings could rise

To thee, thou glorious son of worth (from Theodora)

with Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

Messiah: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion

Messiah: But who may abide

Messiah: He was despised

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Clori, degli occhi miei, HWV 91a

Susanna, HWV 66: Bending to the throne of glory

Crystal streams in murmurs flowing: Susanna

Susanna, HWV 66: Guilt trembling spoke my doom

Susanna: If guiltless blood be your intent

Qual nave smarrita (from Radamisto)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Svegliatevi nel core (from Giulio Cesare)

Qual Leon (from Arianna)

Purcell:

Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


As a tribute to the artistry of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, this retrospective gathers together many of the finest recordings of arias and duets made during her acclaimed association with harmonia mundi. The booklet notes include tributes from her husband, Peter Lieberson, Nicholas McGegan and her obituary from Le Monde.

Lorraine Hunt - who became Lorraine Hunt Lieberson after her marriage to the American composer Peter Lieberson in 1999 - was born on March 1st 1954, in San Francisco. Her father was a music teacher and a conductor, her mother a contralto and a voice teacher. She played viola professionally until she was 26, when she found that her voice could be a better and richer way to express her musicality and secure her professional future. Lorraine would have a professional singing career of only 2 decades (1984-2006), interrupted twice by illness. She died from cancer on July 3, 2006, aged 52.

For harmonia mundi, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson recorded operas, oratorios and Handel arias, conducted notably by Nicholas McGegan. For Erato, she added the rôles of Rameau’s Phèdre and Charpentier’s Medea, under William Christie. Since her death, other taped live performances have been added to her discography, including two Wigmore Hall Live recitals and Peter Lieberson’s Rilke and Neruda Songs.

In 2009 harmonia mundi issued a recital given at the Ravinia Festival in August 2004 with pianist Peter Serkin. More recently, new label Philharmonia Baroque has issued Lorraine’s live performances of Les Nuits d’Eté and Handel Arias.

A formidable musician, a natural-born actress, she was at her best in roles of sacrificed victims, which didn’t prevent her from displaying a dark sense of humour. After having sung during the same evening Stravinsky’s Jocasta and Britten’s Phaedra, she once said: ‘Two suicides in one night! That’s right up my alley’.

“For those who loved Lorraine and her singing, and for those who have not yet heard her, my gratitude to harmonia mundi.” PETER LIEBERSON (b.1946, d.2011)

“Handel's popular "Angels, ever bright and fair" from Theodora and "Scherza infida" from Ariodante remind us of her musical intelligence and vitality...The final tracks on each disc, Dido's Lament and "Bist du bei mir" from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach, are almost unbearably moving in their characteristic simplicity and intensity. She is much missed.” The Observer, 24th July 2011

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To Music

To Music

Solos & Duets from their recordings 1941-46


Arne:

O ravishing delight

Where the Bee Sucks

Brahms:

Schwesterlein, WoO posth. 37 No. 1

(sung in English as 'Sister dear')

Constancy, Op. 3 No. 1

Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuß gehen (No. 12 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

(sung in English as 'Sweetheart')

Elgar:

My work is done (from Dream of Gerontius)

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

sung in English as 'What is life to me without thee?'

Greene, M:

I will lay me down in peace

O praise the Lord

Grieg:

Med en vandlije, Op. 25 No. 4

Handel:

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Spring is coming (from Ottone)

Mendelssohn:

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

sung in English as 'Greeting'

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

sung in English as 'I would that my love'

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

Stript of their green our groves appear, Z444

I saw that you were grown so high, Z387

Schubert:

An die Musik D547

Scott, Lady J:

Think on me

trad.:

O can ye sew cushions?

O whistle an' I'll come to you,

Comin' thro the rye


Isobel Baillie (soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), with Gerald Moore (piano)

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Kathleen Ferrier: The Complete EMI Recordings

Kathleen Ferrier: The Complete EMI Recordings


Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Christe eleison

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Et in unum dominum

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

recorded in rehearsal in Vienna on 15th June 1950

Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Brahms:

Liebestreu, Op. 3 No. 1

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuß gehen (No. 12 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Elgar:

My work is done (from Dream of Gerontius)

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

recorded on 30th September 1944; sung in English as 'What is life to me without thee?'

Gerald Moore (piano)

Orfeo ed Euridice

performed in the 1889 Ricordi Edition; recorded live on 10th July 1951

Kathleen Ferrier (Orfeo), Greet Koeman (Euridice), Nel Duval (Amore)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera, Charles Bruck

Greene, M:

I will lay me down in peace

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

O praise the Lord

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Handel:

Spring is coming (from Ottone)

recorded on 20th April 1945

Gerald Moore (piano)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

recorded on 20th April 1945

Gerald Moore (piano)

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

recorded on 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Nun will die Sonn so hell aufgehn (Kindertotenlieder)

alternative take previously unissued; recorded 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus (Kindertotenlieder)

alternative take previously unissued; recorded 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Mendelssohn:

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

sung in English as 'I would that my love'; recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

sung in English as 'Greeting'; recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)


Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Issued to mark the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier’s birth, this 3CD set brings together for the first time all the EMI recordings by this great contralto, including two previously unissued tracks. In addition the booklet features three EMI publicity photos rarely seen since she first signed a contract with HMV/Colombia in 1944

Kathleen Ferrier (22 April 1912–8 October 1953) remains one of the best-loved British singers of our time. The eminent vocal expert Alan Blyth wrote of her in 1998: ‘Kathleen Ferrier, a legend in her own lifetime, has certainly become one since her untimely death in 1953. Her professional life, lasting little more than a decade, saw her rise from the obscurity of appearing with choirs in the north of England to the eminence of an international career in the company of such conductors as Barbirolli, Walter and Klemperer. It was an extraordinary transformation in every respect, but one wholly justified by the dignity and conviction of her singing and the commitment of her interpretations.’

CD1 begins with four test recordings of pieces by Gluck, Brahms and Elgar recorded by producer Walter Legge in June 1944 but not issued until 1978. Ferrier signed a one-year contract with EMI in September 1944 and her first commercial release was the two arias by the Baroque composer Maurice Greene that follow. Then come two Handel solos and five duets with soprano Isobel Baillie of compositions by Purcell and Mendelssohn. These completed Ferrier’s EMI contract and she then moved to Decca.

In 1949 Ferrier came back to EMI to record Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in London with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter, the great Mahlerian who had introduced Ferrier to this work, which closes CD1

CD2 begins with four items recorded at a rehearsal in June 1950 for a concert of the Bach Mass in B Minor in Vienna with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karajan. EMI was setting up its recording equipment in the Musikvereinssaal for another project while the rehearsal was taking place and the engineer, as a test, turned on the tape machine to capture, almost complete, these four precious Ferrier tracks, which include two solos and two duets with the soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Then comes a complete performance of Ferrier’s signature operatic role, that of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck. This live recording dates from a radio broadcast in July 1951 in Amsterdam.

CD3 concludes with two bonus tracks; these are reserve takes of the first and the fifth movements of Kindertotenlieder being issued here for the first time. This work was originally recorded on 12-inch waxes, with a tape machine running as safety back-up, as was EMI’s practice in 1949. Masters from the waxes were used for most of the original 78-rpm sides, but for the release of the work on CD, the back-up tapes were used, and these reserve ‘takes’ have also survived.

“plenty of treats on EMI’s contribution to the celebration” New York Times, 23rd November 2012

“The voice is unique, its emotional power palpable after all these years.” The Observer, 16th April 2012

“The voice is unmistakable: richly textured, darkly coloured, ringed with nobility, sadness too...In some tracks she almost sounds like the darker sibling of counter-tenor Alfred Deller, another vocal wonder of the time. But the resemblance is fleeting. And as this set proves, the longer Ferrier sang the more uniquely expressive she became. Even now, almost 60 years on, her death still leaves a hole.” The Times, 20th April 2012 ****

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Kathleen Ferrier: When the Voice Finds Wings to Fly

Kathleen Ferrier: When the Voice Finds Wings to Fly


 

Folk Songs

Phyllis Spurr (piano), John Newmark (piano), Frederick Stone (piano)

Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (excerpts)

Elsie Suddaby (soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Eric Greene (tenor), William Parsons (bass)

The Bach Choir, The Jacques Orchestra, Reginald Jacques

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

St John Passion, BWV245: Es ist vollbracht

sung in English as 'All is fulfilled'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Buss und Reu

sung in English as 'Grief for Sin'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

sung in English as 'Have mercy, Lord'

National Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Aria No. 10 "Ah Tarry Yet" from Cantata BWV11

The Jacques Orchestra, Reginald Jacques

Brahms:

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Phyllis Spurr (piano), Max Gilbert (viola)

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice - abridged version

Ann Ayars, Zoë Vlachopoulos (sopranos)

Southern Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Fritz Stiedry

Greene, M:

O praise the Lord

Gerald Moore (piano)

I will lay me down in peace

Gerald Moore (piano)

Handel:

Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù (from Serse)

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Art thou troubled? (from Rodelinda)

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Spring is coming (from Ottone)

Gerald Moore (piano)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Gerald Moore (piano)

Samson: Return, O God of hosts

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Messiah: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Judas Maccabaeus: Father of Heaven

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Messiah: He was despised

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde

Julius Patzak (tenor)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Kindertotenlieder

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Pergolesi:

Stabat Mater

The Boyd Neel Orchestra, Boyd Neel

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Schubert:

Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118

An die Musik D547

Die junge Nonne, D828

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Phyllis Spurr (piano)

Schumann:

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

John Newmark (piano)

Volksliedchen, Op. 51 No. 2

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1

John Newmark (piano)

Stanford:

A soft day

The Fairy Lough Op. 77 No. 2, from An Irish Idyll in Six Miniatures (1901)

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon

Wolf, H:

Verborgenheit (No. 12 from Mörike-Lieder)

Der Gärtner (No. 17 from Mörike-Lieder)

Auf ein altes Bild (No. 23 from Mörike-Lieder)

Auf einer Wanderung (No. 15 from Mörike-Lieder)

Phyllis Spurr (piano)


Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

The centenary of the birth of the extraordinary British contralto Kathleen Ferrier, a singer who became a legend after her untimely death in 1952, is marked by a 10-CD set on the Documents label. These recordings from her all-too-short career present an outstanding artist who with her inspired singing and her legendary, darkly warm timbre achieved immortality.

Many of the recordings featured have become benchmarks, in particular her interpretations of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Kindertotenlieder. Her Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Wolf are evidence that she was a great Lied singer. The set also includes sacred works by Pergolesi, Handel and Bach, together with a complete recording of Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice, as well as her wonderful interpretations of the traditional songs of her native country, sung with lightness of touch and devotion in equal measure.

“It’s somewhat of a mish-mash of a collection yet gives a good idea of the breadth of Ferrier’s repertoire at an inexpensive price...Those who are testing the water when it comes to Kathleen Ferrier might be at a loss without any background information to put her into context as Britain’s greatest lyric contralto of the twentieth century but on the other hand the voice ‘says’ it all.” MusicWeb International, November 2012

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