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Previously unpublished Kathleen Ferrier recordings released for the first time in the summer of 2017 

Kathleen Ferrier Remembered

A collection of German Lieder and British songs, including 19 previously unpublished tracks 1947-1952

With Bruno Walter, Gerald Moore and Frederick Stone

Kathleen Ferrier's legacy of recordings has been well-known and widely admired for over 60 years.   So it seems amazing that after so long, a trasury of previously unpublished and little-circulated BBC broadcasts is to be released.

These recordings are from two sources. Several are from ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^the BBC's own archives and include a 1947 broadcast of Rubbra's Three Psalms Op. 61, of which Ferrier was the dedicatee, Maurice Jacobson's Song of Songs, five Schubert Lieder, four by Brahms and Parry's Love is a bable, recorded at the 1948 Edinburgh Festival, which makes a delightful conclusion to the CD.

The other source is the remarkable collection of Kenneth Leech, a composer and engineer who, from the 1930's to the 1950's, recorded numerous broadcasts, mainly using metal discs - the usual way for an enthusiast to preserve radio programmes at that time, before the widespread use of domestic tape recorders.  this collection is stored at the National Sound Archive in the British Library.

These recorded performances are immensely valuable, as they allow us, so many years later, to hear several songs that Ferrier never set down commercially - including Brahms' Nachtigall, Schubert's Wandrers Nachtlied II and Suleika II and Stanford's La Belle Dame sans Merci - as well as others that can be now compared with their commercially-made counterparts. So we can hear her sing Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Wolf and songs by Stanford and Jacobson which have never before been issued.

Technically Leech's discs do not match the standards of Ferrier's Decca recordings but with the dedication and expertise of sound restoration engineer Ted Kendall, they have been given new life and offer us a more complete view of Ferrier, the song-and-Lieder-singer.  It has been a labour of love to restore Ferrier's voice in this music, which lay at the very core of her repertoire.

Ferrier's accompanists on this CD are three of her friends and valued collaborators - Bruno Walter, Gerald Moore and Frederick Stone.  Their contributions to this recital are very considerable.

This disc offers 26 tracks and over 79 minutes of incomparable performances from one of the 20th century's greatest singers.  

Released June 2017 with the number SOMM CD264.

 

 

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The Society is currently compiling a performance chronology of Kathleen Ferrier in written form with the addition of photographs, letters and articles from the Society's own archive.

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