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Kathleen Ferrier

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Kathleen Mary Ferrier, (22 April 1912 – 8 October 1953) was an English contralto singer who achieved an international reputation as a stage, concert and recording artist, with a repertoire extending from folksong and popular ballads to the classical works of ...

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Biography

Kathleen Mary Ferrier, (22 April 1912 – 8 October 1953) was an English contralto singer who achieved an international reputation as a stage, concert and recording artist, with a repertoire extending from folksong and popular ballads to the classical works of Bach, Brahms, Mahler and Elgar. Her death from cancer, at the height of her fame, was a shock to the musical world and particularly to the general public, which was kept in ignorance of the nature of her illness until after her death. She was especially known in Britain for her unaccompanied recording of the Northumbrian folk tune Blow the Wind Southerly, which was played regularly on BBC Radio for many years after her death.

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The Keel Row (Northumbrian folk song)
The Keel Row (Northumbrian folk song)
Composer
Performer
Music Arranger
William Whittaker
What is life [Orfeo ed Euridice]
What is life [Orfeo ed Euridice]
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Che faro senza Euridice? From Orfeo ed Euridice
Che faro senza Euridice? From Orfeo ed Euridice
Performer
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Glyndebourne Chorus
Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Fritz Stiedry
My bonny lad arr. Whittaker for voice and piano
My bonny lad arr. Whittaker for voice and piano
Composer
Performer
Last played on
Down by the Salley Gardens
Down by the Salley Gardens
Performer
Phyllis Spurr
Traditional English
Orpheus and Euridice: Che faro senza Euridice?
Orpheus and Euridice: Che faro senza Euridice?
Conductor
Orchestra
Orchestra of Netherlands Opera
Choir
Chorus of Netherlands Opera
Matthauspassion BWV.244: no.47; Erbarme dich [aria]
O Waly, Waly (Somerset Folk song)
The Keel Row (feat. Kathleen Ferrier & Phyllis Spurr)
The Keel Row (feat. Kathleen Ferrier & Phyllis Spurr)
Performer
Featured Artist
Last played on
An die Musik, D.547 (feat. Phyllis Spurr)
An die Musik, D.547 (feat. Phyllis Spurr)
Featured Artist
What is Life (Orfeo ed Euridice) (feat. Kathleen Ferrier)
What is Life (Orfeo ed Euridice) (feat. Kathleen Ferrier)
I have a bonnet trimmed with blue, arranged Hughes
I have a bonnet trimmed with blue, arranged Hughes
Composer
Performer
Last played on
Kindertotenlieder vers. for voice & orch
Kindertotenlieder vers. for voice & orch
Performer
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustav Mahler, Bruno Walter & Kathleen Ferrier
Blow the Wind Southerly
Blow the Wind Southerly
Performer
Trad & Kathleen Ferrier
Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts
Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts
Performer
London S O., Christoph Willibald Gluck, Sir Malcolm Sargent & Kathleen Ferrier
Last played on
'Che faro senza Euridice' from Orfeo ed Euridice - Act 3 sc.1 (feat. London Symphony Orchestra & Malcolm Sargent)
'Che faro senza Euridice' from Orfeo ed Euridice - Act 3 sc.1 (feat. London Symphony Orchestra & Malcolm Sargent)
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Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (feat. Kathleen Ferrier, London Philharmonic Choir, Clemens Krauss & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (feat. Kathleen Ferrier, London Philharmonic Choir, Clemens Krauss & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
To Julia (Op.8), no.3; To daisies (feat. Kathleen Ferrier & Phyllis Spurr)
To Julia (Op.8), no.3; To daisies (feat. Kathleen Ferrier & Phyllis Spurr)
Performer
Featured Artist
Last played on
The Keel row - trad., arr. for voice and piano
The Keel row - trad., arr. for voice and piano
Performer
Traditional English, Kathleen Ferrier & Phyllis Spurr
Last played on
Serse: "Ombra Mai Fu" (feat. London Symphony Orchestra & Malcolm Sargent)
Serse: "Ombra Mai Fu" (feat. London Symphony Orchestra & Malcolm Sargent)
Oh Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Messiah) (feat. Kathleen Ferrier, Sir Adrian Boult & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Oh Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Messiah) (feat. Kathleen Ferrier, Sir Adrian Boult & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Kathleen Ferrier - Blow the wind Southerly
Kathleen Ferrier - Blow the wind Southerly
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