Kathleen Ferrier in New York | Somm ARIADNE5007

Kathleen Ferrier in New York

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Label: Somm

Cat No: ARIADNE5007

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th December 2019

Contents

Artists

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Set Svanholm (tenor)
John Newmark (piano)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Bruno Walter

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Ach, dass nicht die letze Stunde BWV439
Bist du bei mir, BWV508
Vergiss mein nicht, dass ich dein nicht, BWV505

Mahler, Gustav

Das Lied von der Erde

Artists

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Set Svanholm (tenor)
John Newmark (piano)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Bruno Walter

About

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 Ferrier’s only appearances in Carnegie Hall in January 1948, four months after her acclaimed performance at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival, Mahler’s 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 Ferrier’s 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.

Accompanied by pianist John Newmark in New York’s Town Hall in 1950, three songs by JS Bach Vergiss mein nicht (BWV 505), Ach dass nicht die letzte Stunde (BWV 439) and his arrangement of Gottfried Stölzel’s Bist du bei mir (BWV 508) – are taken from Ferrier’s final visit to the US.

Also included are excerpts from a revealing 80th-birthday interview with Bruno Walter in which he discusses his friendship and collaborations with Mahler and recalls his first meeting and subsequent association with Kathleen Ferrier.

Illuminating booklet notes are provided by Ferrier authority and discographer Paul Campion, who also compiled the disc.

SOMM’s previous Ferrier releases include Bach’s Mass in B minor (Ariadne 5000-2), songs by Brahms, Chausson and Mahler (SOMMCD 075) and Kathleen Ferrier Remembered, a first release of BBC Radio recordings of Lieder and British songs (SOMMCD 264). Kathleen Ferrier in Celebration of Bach (Ariadne 5004) was acclaimed by Gramophone as “an important addition to Ferrier’s discography… one of the most beautiful things she ever committed to disc”.

Reviews

... let me say straight away that, while Ferrier was by her own account fighting a cold at the time, this performance [of Das Lied von der Erde] for me gives a far clearer sense of why Walter felt he had found the ideal singer for the piece than his later Vienna recording. ... Ferrier’s shadings in ‘Der Einsame im Herbst’ bring with them a new depth of expression. ... The orchestral detail is remarkable given the source of 78rpm acetate transcription discs – and the remastering has preserved a surprising degree of transparency in what one might call the exotic embroidery of the scoring.  Edward Seckerson
Gramophone February 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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