Kathleen Ferrier sings Brahms, Mahler & Gluck | Praga Digitals DSD350109

Kathleen Ferrier sings Brahms, Mahler & Gluck

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Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: DSD350109

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd June 2014

Contents

Artists

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Phyllis Spur (piano)
Max Gilbert (alto)
John Newmark (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Wiener Philharmoniker
Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera

Conductors

Clemens Kraus
Charles Bruck
Bruno Walter

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Alto Rhapsody, op.53
Gesange (2), op.91
Vier ernste Gesange, op.121

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» Che puro ciel, che chiaro sol (Act 2)

Mahler, Gustav

Kindertotenlieder

Artists

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Phyllis Spur (piano)
Max Gilbert (alto)
John Newmark (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Wiener Philharmoniker
Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera

Conductors

Clemens Kraus
Charles Bruck
Bruno Walter

About

To be Orpheus, and die: such was the fate of Kathleen Ferrier, the English contralto, who died aged only 41, just over 50 years ago. Yet in only a few days, recording with Bruno Walter and the Vienna Philharmonic, she did enough to assure her immortality.

In 1946, Kathleen Ferrier made her stage debut in the Glyndebourne Festival (Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia', premiere). A year later she made her first appearance as Orfeo in Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice'. As her reputation grew, Ferrier formed close working relationships with major musical figures, including Britten, Sir John Barbirolli, the pianist Gerald Moore and, of course, Bruno Walter, with whom she explored Mahler in particular.

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