Great British Contraltos


HTGCD 167-8  – 5060332662548

2 CDs

A 2 CD set of Great British contraltos in recordings dating from 1903 to 1981.

‘Time was when the phrase ‘a good English contralto’ conjured up some of the best vocalism to be heard in the western world. Contraltos took their places proudly on opera stage or concert platform alongside the sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. Elgar, Brahms, Wagner, Mahler and Sullivan wrote some of their finest music for this voice and, contrary to a mistaken view that has built up in recent years, contraltos were among the most agile of singers.’ Tully Potter

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ADA CROSSLEY Giordani: Caro mio ben

ELIZABETH DEWS Handel: Then shall the eyes….He shall feed His flock (Messiah)

CLARA BUTT Handel: Ombra mai fu (Serse); Yamada: Chinkoro Koino

LOUISE KIRBY LUNN Verdi: O don fatale (Don Carlos); Saint-Saens: Printemps qui commence (Samson et Dalila); Mozart: Non più di fiori (La Clemenza di Tito);

EDNA THORNTON Purcell: Thy hand Belinda……When I am laid in earth (Dido & Aeneas)

BERTHA LEWIS Gilbert & Sullivan: I`m called Little Buttercup (HMS Pinafore); Gilbert & Sullivan: So go to him and say to him (Patience)

EDITH FURMEDGE Saint-Saëns: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (Samson et Dalilah)

LEILA MEGANE Elgar: Sabbath Morning at Sea (Sea Pictures)

MARGARET BALFOUR Elgar: Land of Hope and Glory

ASTRA DESMOND Purcell: From rosy bow’rs (Don Quixote); Purcell: Evening Hymn

OLGA HALEY Bizet: Gypsy Dance (Carmen)

ESSIE ACKLAND Arthur Sullivan: Onward Christian Soldiers

MURIEL BRUNSKILL Schubert: Erl King; Harty: Sea Wrack

MARY JARRED Elgar: Sea Slumber Song (Sea Pictures)

GLADYS RIPLEY Haydn: Hark what I tell to thee (The Spirit’s Song)

KATHLEEN FERRIER Gluck: What is Life? (Orfeo & Euridice); Brahms: Constancy; Brahms: Feinsliebchen; Elgar: My work is done…..It is because (Dream of Gerontius)

CONSTANCE SHACKLOCK Elgar: In Haven (Capri) from Sea Pictures

NANCY EVANS A. Beecham: Two Shakespearean Songs ‘Willow Song’ & ‘O mistress mine’

HELEN WATTS Britten: A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41

NORMA PROCTER Mahler: Sehr Langsam – Misterioso (Symphony No. 3)

ALFREDA HODGSON Moeran: Four Shakespeare Songs


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