Kathleen Ferrier Remembered
Listening to these newly retrieved from BBC broadcasts and never released before, I am struck over again by the great contralto’s overriding characteristic – her natural, unfettered generosity. In song after song, she gives all of herself, nothing held back. She simply soars.
New to her discography on this release are six English tracks – three Psalms that Edmund Rubbra wrote for her in 1946, and others by Stanford, Parry, and the lesser-known Maurice Jacobsen, a mentor of hers. The songs belong to an almost forgotten era of English simplicity and Ferrier delivers them in the most idiomatic fashion, without advocacy or ornament.
I would not want to be without this record of an immortal artist, and nor will you once you have heard it.
– Open Letters Monthly (Norman Lebrecht)
Catalog Number: SOMMCD 264
Label: SOMM Recordings
Composer: Charles Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford, Edmund Rubbra, Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Jacobson
Performer: Bruno Walter, Frederick Stone, Gerald Moore, Kathleen Ferrier