Kathleen Ferrier: 20th-Century British Treasures | Somm ARIADNE5010

Kathleen Ferrier: 20th-Century British Treasures

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Label: Somm

Cat No: ARIADNE5010

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th December 2020

Contents

Artists

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Frederick Stone (piano)
Phyllis Spurr (piano)
Ernest Lush (piano)
Anna Pollak (mezzo-soprano)
English Opera Group Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Reginald Goodall
Hugo Rignold

Works

Berkeley, Lennox

Poems (4) of St Teresa of Avila, op.27

Bridge, Frank

Go not, happy day, H34

Britten, Benjamin

The Rape of Lucretia, op.37
» The Flower Song

Ferguson, Howard

Discovery, op.13

Jacobson, Maurice

The Song of Songs

Parry, Charles Hubert Hastings

English Lyrics Set 6 (6)
» 3. Love is a bable

Quilter, Roger

Songs (3), op.3
» no.2 Now sleeps the Crimson Petal
The Fair House of Joy
To Julia, op.8
» no.3 To Daisies

Rubbra, Edmund

Psalms (3), op.61

Stanford, Charles Villiers

An Irish idyll in six miniatures, op.77
» II The Fairy Lough
A soft day, op.140 no.3
La belle dame sans merci

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

The House of Life
» no.2 Silent Noon

Warlock, Peter

Pretty Ring Time
Sleep

Wordsworth, William Brocklesby

Songs (3)

Artists

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Frederick Stone (piano)
Phyllis Spurr (piano)
Ernest Lush (piano)
Anna Pollak (mezzo-soprano)
English Opera Group Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Reginald Goodall
Hugo Rignold

About

SOMM Recordings’ acclaimed series of re-mastered recitals by the much loved, fondly remembered contralto Kathleen Ferrier continues with Kathleen Ferrier: 20th-Century British Treasures.

Featuring recordings made for Decca and the BBC between 1946 and 1953, it includes a previously unpublished recording of Ferrier’s passionate performance of Lennox Berkeley’s Four Poems of St Teresa of Ávila.

Sir Thomas Allen, the distinguished interpreter of British song and Trustee of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, contributes an extensive booklet commentary that brings a lifetime’s experience to bear in an insightful analysis of Ferrier’s dexterous and treasured talent, accented by the distinctive tones of her native Lancashire.

The earliest recording, from 1947, is of Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Flower Song’ from The Rape of Lucretia, the latest, from 1953 (both BBC recitals), includes Howard Ferguson’s lovely five-part Discovery, three songs by William Wordsworth and Edmund Rubbra’s Three Psalms, specially written for Ferrier.

Pieces by defining proponents of British song including Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter, Frank Bridge and Peter Warlock complete a crucial celebration of Ferrier’s inimitable contribution to the genre.

Pianist Julian Jacobson, son of composer Maurice Jacobson, whose melancholy but sensuous The Song of Songs is heard in a 1947 BBC broadcast, also provides a personal poignant note on Ferrier’s championing of his father’s music.

Previous Ferrier releases on SOMM include Kathleen Ferrier Remembered (SOMMCD264), which prompted Norman Lebrecht to say “I would not want to be without this record of an immortal artist, and nor will you once you have heard it”, Kathleen Ferrier in Celebration of Bach (Ariadne5004), which Audiophile Audition’s five-star review said “carries us into a realm of rapt devotion”, and the Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Kathleen Ferrier in New York (Ariadne5007), hailed as “a treasure to be sure”.

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