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ANDERSON MARIAN

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This reissue of 30 spirituals that were originally recorded between 1936 and 1952 presents the legendary Marian Anderson at her peak. Her unique vocal characteristics are everywhere in evidence: the incredible range, the ability to change color and inflection, sometimes creating the illusion of two different voices, and the organ-like resonance and enveloping warmth. There are also traces of Anderson's one weakness: a slightly tremulous vibrato. Her expressive response to this repertoire, always simple, direct, and deeply felt, came from the heart and spoke to the heart. The songs, mostly familiar favorites, are selected for maximum variety. Anderson brings out every nuance of their character and emotional range, from lamenting to swinging, jazzy, and triumphant. Franz Rupp, Andersons's long-time partner whom she credited with introducing her to German lieder, is equally at home in the many styles of these American songs. --Edith Eisler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, heartfelt singing! 3 April 2004
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What an amazing singer! I had only heard of Marian Anderson through reading books, and I happened to be thumbing through the cds in a cd-record exchange store when her name jumped out at me. I'm so very glad I shelled out my seven dollars! I'm not even really into spirituals, but something about the incredibly rich and impassioned quality of this legendary contralto's voice is completely irresistible. She connects so wonderfully with you when you're listening to it; you feel like she's singing to you, and you alone. Everything I've read on her remarks on her truly impressive range and vocal color, and it's all true. Her resonance can be a tiny bit unfocused...you can hear it in the vibrato sometimes...but this is an extreme rarity. There really is nothing to pick on about her voice-it just touches you in a deep way and won't let you go. These are historic recordings, and anyone, whether s/he likes African-American spirituals or not (and I admit I do now!) must add this CD to his/her collection. You will not be disappointed.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation 8 April 2008
By E. Bak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is much to admire in this CD; despite the fact that these recordings were made in the 1930's the striking vocal color and the famous low notes are represented in beautiful sound. What appeals to me most is the unaffected artistry of the singer: she simply does not hide in her craft. Such pure and naked music-making is striking. This is singing completely free of mannerism. How rare a quality this is!
I am especially attracted to "Change my name", where the singer's identification and connection to the music seem indivisible.
The extraordinary courage and strength of the famous contralto Marian Anderson are manifest in her singing of these spirituals. I prefer it to the later recording done in Living Stereo, though I recommend that recording as well.
Do not hesitate to buy this.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The magnificent american contralto 26 Oct. 2009
By M. Bonito - Published on Amazon.com
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When my father came home one evening with that 33 1/3 record and put it on the pick-up, in late fifties of last century, I thought it was a man and a woman singing those marvelous spirituals. There was no cover photo, but only a painting: a profile of a black woman on a blue wall. I will never forget that day. Marian Anderson will remain for me one of the most exiting voices of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply without compare 11 May 2013
By robert m johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many recordings of spirituals by many different artists, but Marian Anderson was in a league by herself. No one else has come close. I would have to say she had a very deep relationship with Jesus. To paraphrase Arturo Toscanini, a voice like hers comes along once in a hundred years. The simple accompaniment by a piano only is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful Singer. 26 Nov. 2013
By Terrie - Published on Amazon.com
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For me Marian Anderson had the finest voice I have ever heard. The deepness of her contralto has shades of emotion and feelings and the reverence I have never heard in other voices . A beautiful singer. Also loved the song selection, many spirituals I have never heard before.
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