Bach, Handel recital

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COMPOSERS: Bach,Handel recital
LABELS: Decca
ALBUM TITLE: Kathleen Ferrier
WORKS: find works
PERFORMER: Kathleen Ferrier
LPO
Adrian Boult
CATALOGUE NO: 475 6411
These eight arias were

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Ferrier’s last studio

recordings, made a

year before her death.

In 1960 the LPO

re-recorded the accompaniments

in stereo, with pretty plausible

results. The funereal tempos, soggy

orchestral sostenuto playing and

touched-up scoring belong to a

distant, unlamented age. But Ferrier’s

singing – intensely compassionate

– has a timeless beauty and nobility.

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Richard Wigmore