This disc is compiled from three BBC broadcasts between 1947 and 1951 singing with three of the most famous British conductors of the era. Kathleen Ferrier's was a natural, unforced, God-given voice, allied to a depth of musical understanding that was equally natural at the same time as being enhanced by a musical curiosity arising from a born singer. This disc amply illustrates Ferrier's artistry in a manner that speaks directly to the listener.
Kathleen Ferrier – Contralto
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Women’s Chorus conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
Modern computer sound technology has made considerable advances in recent years – the result is that we can experience these recordings today as examples of Kathleen Ferrier’s art, in sonic terms much better than was available to earlier generations.