Rare & Unpublished Recordings 1936-1952


Rare & Unpublished Recordings 1936-1952 by Video Artists Int'L at Your Free Album. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. The rich-toned, musically elegant, always dignified contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) is probably best known as the first African-American to sing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, but by the time she did (in the mid '50s), her once burnished, glorious voice was no longer at its best. Years before, when she was not permitted to sing in the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall (or any other hall in the U.S. capital), she gave a concert in the open air, in front of th


Rare & Unpublished Recordings 1936-1952 by Video Artists Int'L
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The rich-toned, musically elegant, always dignified contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) is probably best known as the first African-American to sing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, but by the time she did (in the mid '50s), her once burnished, glorious voice was no longer at its best. Years before, when she was not permitted to sing in the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall (or any other hall in the U.S. capital), she gave a concert in the open air, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, which was attended by press, dignitaries, and a crowd of more than 75,000. Much of her late work is well known--arias from Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, spirituals, and the like--but this CD also allows us to hear the voice when it was young--in the 1930s and '40s. One can almost hear Schubert's trout ("Die Forelle") dancing around in the water, and an aria by Scarlatti shows Anderson's coloratura abilities--the big voice could be scaled down to intimate, chamberlike proportions. She brings her intelligence and textual insights to other songs by Schubert and Brahms as well. This is a marvelous collection and a fine tribute to an American original. --Robert Levine

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Manufacturer:
Video Artists Int'L
Category:
Odes
Release Date:
1999-11-30
UPC:
089948116820
Genre:
Pop / Easy Listening
Artist:
Marian Anderson
Publisher:
Video Artists Int'L
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Publication Date:
1999-11-30
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.21 pounds
Item Size:
4.94 x 0.45 x 5.5 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches

 


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