Episode 122. Auld Acquaintance II

Episode 122. Auld Acquaintance II



Part Two of my “Auld Acquaintance” mini-series on Countermelody continues the exploitation of even more artists who have already been featured on Countermelody in rare recordings that have recently become available. The episode begins with a tribute to the German-based African American mezzo-soprano Gwendolyn Killebrew, who died on Christmas Eve at the age of 80. Featured artists in the main episode include Paul Robeson, Magda Olivero, Edda Moser, Ileana Cotrubas, Carol Brice, Margaret Price, Igor Gorin, Josephine Baker, Eidé Noréna, Alberta Hunter, Thomas Carey, Christa Ludwig, Sylvia Sass, Francisco Araiza, William Warfield, and many, many more singing everything from reggae to Rigoletto. 2021 gets a better send-off than it deserves, what with these singers and this music that will certainly help us all to approach the upcoming New Year “keeping the song in our hearts!”


Gwendolyn Killebrew (26 August 1941 – 24 December 2021)

Joseph Haydn, Nunziato Porta (after Arioso): Ad un sguardo, a un cenno solo (Orlando Paladino). Gwendolyn Killebrew, Antal Doráti, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne [1976]

Gwendolyn Killebrew as Carmen

John Jacob Niles: I Wonder as I Wander. Muriel Smith, Peter Knight Orchestra and Chorus [1960]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Et exultavit (Magnificat, BWV 243). Carol Brice, Daniel Saidenberg, Columbia Broadcasting Concert Orchestra [1947]

Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave, German words by Johann Christoph Grünbaum: O wie so trügerisch [La donna è mobile] (Rigoletto). Anton de Ridder, Robert Hanell, Großes Rundfunkorchester Berlin [1973]

Richard Wagner: Der Männer Sippe saß hier im Saal (Die Walküre). Edda Moser, Ivan Törzs, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin [1994]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: My longing, my yearning [Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen] [sung in English] (Die tote Stadt). Igor Gorin, Orchestra conducted by Bruno Reibold [1941]

Vincenzo Bellini, Felice Romani: Casta diva (Norma) [sung in Hungarian]. Sylvia Sass, Orchestra conducted by Lamberto Gardelli [live Budapest 1978]

Ernesto de Curtis, Giambattista de Curtis, arr. Fritz Schlenkermann: Torna a Surriento. James King, Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Müller-Lampertz [1970]

Unknown Composer: No Man Can Make a Man. Owen Williams [1977]

Alberta Hunter: Take Your Big Hands Off. Alberta Hunter, Leroy James, Sam Clanton, Al Casey, Al Matthews [1946]

Michael Valenti, Elsa Rael: Let Me Love You (Beauty and the Beast). Gilbert Price, Christine Andreas, Company [1977]

Francis Lopez, Henry Lemarchand: Dans mon village. Joséphine Baker, Tony Taño, Orquestra del Teatro Musical de la Habana [1966]

Edvard Grieg, arr. Jacques Belasco (as Jacques Dallin): Barcarolle bleue (La mille et deuxième nuit). Eidé Noréna, unknown conductor and orchestra [1933]

Mel Powell: In all this cool (Haiku Settings, No. 3). Bethany Beardslee, Robert Helps [1961]

Traditional German: Es steht ein Lind in jenem Tal. Peter Schreier, Konrad Ragossnig [1986]

Traditional Welsh, arr. Grace Williams: Dafydd y Garreg Wen. Margaret Price, James Lockhart [1971]

Gustav Mahler, text collected by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano: Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn). Judith Raskin, Norman Johnson [live New York 1964]

Franz Lehár, Karl Dankwart Zwerger: Ich hab’ ein Hüglein im Polenland (Aus eiserner Zeit, No. 2). Christa Ludwig, unknown pianist [from Franz Lehar zum 100. Geburtstag telecast, 1970]

Karl Weigl, Otto Julius Bierbaum: Schmied Schmerz, Op. 1/7. William Warfield, David Garvey [1973]

Gabriel Fauré, Armand Silvestre: Après un rêve, Op. 7/1. Francisco Araiza, Jean Lemaire [1986]

Benjamin Britten, W.H. Auden: Nocturne (On this Island, Op. 11/4). Ileana Cotrubaş, Erik Werba [live Salzburg 14 August 1978]

Carl Loewe, Johann Gabriel Seidl: Die Uhr, Op.123/3. Barry McDaniel, Hermann Reutter [1965]

Traditional Spiritual: Fix Me, Jesus. Thomas Carey, Hans Schmidt [1970]

Traditional American, arr. Lawrence Brown: No More Auction Block. Paul Robeson, Lawrence Brown [live AME Zion Church 1 June 1958]

Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata. Magda Olivero, Garrick Ohlsson [live 1979]

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