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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B006LPI0N2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Orfeo ed Euridice (1997 Remastered Version): What is life to me without thee? (Che farò senza Euridice) (Act 3)Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 6 Lieder Op. 3 (1997 Remastered Version): Constancy (Liebestreu) (Reinick)Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 49 Deutsche Volkslieder (1997 Remastered Version): No. 12, Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuss geh'nKathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1997 Remastered Version): My work is done ... It is becauseKathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I will lay me down in peace (from anthem 'O God of my righteousness') (1997 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. O praise the Lord (from anthem 'Praise the Lord, O my soul') (1997 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Spring is coming ('Ottone' - Haym) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Come to me, soothing sleep ('Ottone' - Haym) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sound the trumpet ('Birthday Ode for Queen Mary') (1998 Remastered Version)Isobel Baillie/Kathleen Ferrier/Gerald Moore 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Let us wander, not unseen ('The Indian Queen' - Dryden) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Isobel Baillie/Gerald Moore 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Shepperd, shepherd, leave decoying ('King Arthur' - Dryden) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Isobel Baillie/Gerald Moore 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I would that my love, Op.63 No. 1 (Heine) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Isobel Baillie/Gerald Moore 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Greeting, Op.63 No. 2 (Eichendorff) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Isobel Baillie/Gerald Moore 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert) (1998 Remastered Version): Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'nKathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert) (1998 Remastered Version): Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle FlammenKathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert) (1998 Remastered Version): Wenn dein Mütterlein, tritt zur Tür hereinKathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert) (1998 Remastered Version): Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen!Kathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert) (1998 Remastered Version): In diesem Wetter, in diesem BrausKathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Duet: Christe eleisonHerbert Von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Kathleen Ferrier 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Contralto aria: Qui sedesHerbert von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Kathleen Ferrier 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Duet: Et in unum DominumHerbert Von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Kathleen Ferrier 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Contralto Aria: Agnus DeiHerbert von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Kathleen Ferrier 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Sinfonia (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Amici, quel lamento (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra0:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ballet of Shepherds and Nymphy (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Chiamo il mio ben così (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 7:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Voi delle ombre oscura (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra0:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Amore assisterà l'infelice marito! (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Gli sguardi trattieni (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Che disse? Che ascoltai? (Act I) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Dance of the Furies Chi mai dell'Erebo (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Deh! Placatevi con me (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Misero giovane! (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Mille pene, ombre sdegnose (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra0:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah! Quale incognito (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Dance of the Blessed Spirits Dance of the Heroes (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 8:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): È quest'asile ameno e grato (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Che puro ciel! Che chiaro sol! (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Vien a'regni del riposo (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ballet of the Heroes (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Oh voi, ombre felici (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra0:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Torna, o bello (Act II) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah vieni, o diletta, vien con me (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Vieni! Vieni con me, vieni, o cara! (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah, dovess'io saper (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Che fiero momento (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah, per me il duol ricomincia (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Che feci mai? (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Che farò senza Euridice? (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Ah! Finisca e per sempre (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Non più! che fai tu? (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Gaudio, gaudio son al cuore (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Orfeo ed Euridice (1998 Remaster): Trionfi Amore! (Act III) (1998 Remastered Version)Kathleen Ferrier/Charles Bruck/Netherlands Opera Orchestra 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert): Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'nKathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Kindertotenlieder (Rückert): In diesem Wetter, in diesem BrausKathleen Ferrier/Wiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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CD Description

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.

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.

About the Artist

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.

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 April 2012
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Kathleen Ferrier's recording career with EMI was relatively brief in an already too brief career. Although he was delighted at having signed her up, Walter Legge's dictatorial manner repelled her and she soon defected to Decca, for whom, by and large, she made the best of her recordings in terms of both quality and sound.

Nonetheless, there are gems here: not least her early microphone testing sessions for Legge, the invaluable "Kindertotenlieder" for her mentor Bruno Walter and a complete recording of her signature role, Gluck's "Orfeo", in Amsterdam in 1951. The latter is an egregious example of where an EMI version easily tops the Decca: the 1947 recording, made under the inflexible Stiedry before Ferrier had refined and deepened her interpretation on stage, is both abridged and inferior in almost every way to this one. Conversely, the Bach excerpts, recorded almost by accident during rehearsals with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf under Karajan, are nowhere near as satisfying as the studio recordings made for Decca with Sir Adrian Boult, so ardent collectors will want to own the complete sets from both houses.

There is a theory that part of Ferrier's extraordinary quality of sound derives from the fact that she was in a sense a true original, never having been schooled to acquire a "conservatory sound", although to my ears she is simply the natural successor in a line of traditional British contraltos now virtually extinct.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paschal on 21 May 2012
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This is a most wonderful set of recordings by Kathleen Ferrier who was the finest contralto that has lived within the period of recorded sound. The eveness of her range and faultlessness of her technique is quite incredible and was ever legendery, as was the range of her emotional grasp and expression. She was music, through and through, and was a very great artist in every sense.
One can use a word that can, and should only very rarely be used about performers: she was an interpretational genius who was never personally obtrusive at the expense of the composer. We can, all of us, learn a very great deal from her. She made the other great singers of her day, ( and ours! ) sound rather amateurish and tatty.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. Ralph on 24 April 2012
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This is Kathleen Ferrier's centenary year and EMI have done her proud with this excellent set. Consdiering the original recordings were made over 60 years ago the EMI production team have done an excellent job in making the sound so rich and clean (at least in most of the tracks - some are only tests previously unreleased and therefore do not have and could not have the same quality). For anyone who loves Kathleen Ferrier's voice and cannot get enough of her glorious singing this is a must buy item. Well done and thank you EMI.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Farmer on 15 May 2012
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Product arrived on time. Excellent product. Ferrier had a wonderful voice and this is evident in this excellent recording. I shall have many hours of happy listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Martin on 17 July 2012
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I bought this CD as a Father's Day gift - as children Kathleen Ferrier's EMI recording had featured strongly in the family's musical repertoire. It truly hit the mark bringing back many happy memories for us all. Not surprisingly the sound track of the earliest recording is imperfect, but the qualityof her voice and the sensitivity of her interpretation still shines through
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Many of these duplicated from existing material, but nevertheless a welcome offering. The inclusion of the Amsterdam 'Orfeo' is welcomed, as are the rehearsal recording of the Bach Mass in B minor, and the Bonus tracks with Bruno Walter. It would have been nice to have included some of the lighter side of her repatoire, also to hear her singing 'silent night' and ' Land of hope and Glory' - two performances giving that extra sensitivity to well worn pieces that only Kathleen could give.
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Quite a mixture of material on this collection .Some fantastic and some I cant really get enthusiastic about.
However the voice is superb .
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