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BACH, J.S.: Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11 / Arias / HANDEL G.F.: Arias (Ferrier) (1949, 1952)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann SebastianHandel, George Frideric
Artist(s)
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredVocal
Catalogue 8.111295
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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‘No summit of solemnity was inaccessible to her, and it was particularly music of spiritual meaning that seemed her most personal domain.’ Thus wrote the distingushed conductor Bruno Walter about the contralto Kathleen Ferrier, whose highly individual, plangent voice, natural musicianship and high level of personal professionalism made her one of England’s most popular singers during her all-too-brief career. This disc compiles a large number of her recordings of arias by Bach and Handel, to whose music she brought breadth, nobility and deep emotional commitment. She is accompanied by Sir Adrian Boult and Reginald Jacques, both major figures in England’s post-war musical life. The Cantata recording appears on CD for the first time.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2008

In a career tragically cut short by an incurable illness, Kathleen Ferrier established herself as one of the most distinctive contralto voices of the 20th century. The fast fluttering vibrato gave it a singular quality, and, unlike so many singers in this range, it was even in projection from top to bottom. Now probably best remembered from her Mahler recordings, she was during her life equally recognised for her singing of Baroque music, this disc typical of the artistry she brought to Bach and Handel. Though her recordings have rarely been out of the catalogue, it would appear that this performance of Bach’s Eleventh Cantata, ‘Praise our God’ has never been available on CD. All the contents came from the last few years of her life, and have that degree of

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