- Audio CD (27 Dec. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Naxos Nostalgia
- ASIN: B00005UOMB
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Softly Awakes My Heart: Arias, Songs & Spirituals 1924-1944 Original recording remastered
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It comprises a varied selection of items from her repertoire recorded between 1924 and 1944. The two earliest are Negro spirituals. Slow moving, they cruelly expose the presence of some ugly vowel and consonant sounds at this stage of her career. Thereafter, and into the electric recording era, diction and tone are exemplary. Only six of the items were recorded in the USA, mostly in poor sound quality.
Of course, the item that became this singer’s “signature tune” is here. Pruned of some of its music, and of the tenor counterpoint provided in its second half by Samson, the extract from “Samson et Dalila” is sung in English as “Softly awakes my heart”. No one should be without this glorious five minutes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant disc of this famous singer and civil rights fighterPublished 13 months ago by David J. Clifton
When I was a child, my late father had vinyl records (old 78rpm) of Marian Anderson and listening to this CD brought back wonderful memories for me. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2013 by Tess