Originally Posted by salymap
... no youTube clip of Bridge's Go Not, Happy Day, alas, but that's another exultant shout of delight.
Oh Caliban, a tragic tale indeed, not to like listening to KF. It doesn't make for comfortable listening but, oh that voice when it emerges from the, how can I put it, deepest blackest depths in, say, Mahler's "Um Mitternacht" sends, to loosely paraphrase the French commentator in this month's "Diapason" (the programme's being shown on Arte here in French France tomorrow), shivers up one's spine.
Originally Posted by Caliban
I've recently acquired the reprint of Letters and Diaries of Kathleen Ferrier (Boydell publishers). The cover shows her natural warmth, radiance and the mischievous glint in her eye, the taste for raunchy humour.
Here's to love.
Ain't love grand?
Just got a divorce ,
From my old man
Ain't stopped laughing
Since Judge's decision.
'Cos he's got the kids,
And the kids ain't hisin!
Also retrieved an LP from the BBC Artium record label, 1979, a series which transferred previously broadcast material to vinyl or cassette but, sadly, didn't seem to continue in the CD era. Other artists included Thomas Beecham, John Gielgud, Dennis Brain and Maggie Teyte. The KF disc is titled, The Singer and the Person and includes several of her performances and unpublished music recordings from the BBC Sound Archives. A private recording loaned by Winifred in which KF delivers a light-hearted interpretation of The Floral Dance at a party in New York is a real joy. Even her speaking voice is a delight to hear, on one track she talks about working with Bruno Walter in a 1949 broadcast,
" What the Edinburgh Festival has meant to me"; clear unaffected enunciation from a northern lass. I've now transferred this LP to CD-R; 70 mins and 30 secs, with the added advantage of separate tracking, 1 - 17, for immediate access. I'll listen again on 22 April and raise a glass to "Klever Kaff" with fond remembrance.
Last edited by Stanley Stewart; 21-04-12 at 22:00.
Reason: Inept setting of stanza
Yes, what a pity the cheerful light songs are notplayed when introducing the programme. Ilove her more serious things but she was not a solemn serious woman at all.
Even further OT I guess but can anyone help with the provenance of the tracks on an an LP issued in 1984 by French Harmonia Mundi/ 'Rodolphe productions' (Licence Vecchi Productioni) RP 12407/ HM 57 with a dozen tracks of Ferrier but no details of track provenances or even of accompanist(s?).
Some of the repertoire is familiar (Wher'er you walk, Like as the lovelorn turtle, Hark the echoing air, Che faro, Love is a bable, The fairy lough, Ca' the yowes) but some of it less so - Lotti Pur dicesti (Arminio), Monteverdi Lasciatemi morire (Arianna), Schubert Lachen und Weinen, Brahms Sonntag, The Spanish Lady.
Google seems not to know the disc by catalogue number or by repertoire. Does anyone know more?
BBC4 re-run of 2003 Kathleen Ferrier documentary
The plot thickens LMP. I have a hybrid collection of many of the titles your mention on Gala GL
318, 1993. CD Title: KF, Songs My Father Taught Me: Children's songs (in a tipsy mood after a party)Semele, Atalanta, Fairy Queen, Arianna, Arminio. The Floral Dance is the centrepiece of a 6mins53 secs opening track, "A light-hearted interpretation by Kathleen, who accompanies herself on the piano after her American tour in New York 1949. The name of Frederick Stone, piano, is liberally used throughout, particularly with Brahms Auf Dem See, Schubert, Rastlose Liebe and Wasserfluth, Brahms, Es schaueb die Blumen, Der Jager and Ruhe Sussliebchen, in a BBC Third Programme broadcast on Sept and April 1952. However, Where'er You Walk, Lasciatemi morire, Arminio, Pur Dicesti, Che faro, Lachen und Weinen, Sonntag and The Spanish Lady are listed as Accompanist unknown, Montreal, March 1950. KF was also interviewed in Montreal at this time, track 9.
TONIGHT at 11.25pm on BBC4
There is a new documentary out tomorrow on DVD with a bonus disc of apparently some unpublished recordings - have duly ordered.
She was a wonderful singer - her three Ruckert Lieder are marvellous most of all Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen which is a desert island disc for me .