Episode 121. Auld Acquaintance I

Episode 121. Auld Acquaintance I



This special episode, the first of two year-end celebrations, presents artists who have already been featured on Countermelody in rare recordings that have recently become available to me. A few of the artists heard include George Shirley, Heather Harper, Lawrence Winters, Elisabeth Söderström, Camilla Williams, Julia Migenes, John Raitt, Gloria Davy, Rosanna Carteri, Mirella Freni, Robert McFerrin, Margaret Marshall, Yi-Kwei Sze, Eileen Farrell, Shirley Verrett, Cathy Berberian, and many, many others in recordings, most from my personal collection, which you may not have heard before. This is a gift of love and gratitude from me to my listeners and supporters, a backward glance at all of the great singers who have been heard on the podcast over the past two and a half years, a theme which will continue next week. I look forward to continuing with new topics and new singers as we move into 2022.


William James Kirkpatrick, words falsely attributed to Martin Luther: Away in a Manger. Eileen Farrell, Loonis McGlohon [ca. 1992]

Ruggero Leoncavallo: Ins Tauch in des Auges Seele [Un nido di memorie] (Pagliacci). Lawrence Winters, Jonas Kulka, Bamberger Symphoniker [1959]

Gioacchino Rossini, Cesare Sterbini: Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Shirley Verrett, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra [live Philadelphia 25.01.75]

Pietro Mascagni, Nicola Daspuro: Tutto tace (L’amico Fritz). Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Leone Magiera, Orchestra dell’Ater [live Modena ca. 1980]

Paolo Tosti, Gabriele d’Annunzio: ‘A vucchella. Renata Scotto, T. Salerno [1964]

Carlo Alberto Rossi, Alberto Testi: Quando vien la sera. Rosanna Carteri, Orchestra conducted by Pino Calvi [1960]

Ernesto Lecuona, L. Wolfe Gilbert: African Lament. Leslie Scott, Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra [1952];

Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Manny Curtis (English lyrics): Let It Be Me. Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker [It Must Be Dusty 8 May 1968]

Carl Sigman, Robert Maxwell: Ebb Tide. John Raitt, Lionel Hampton [1962]

Odetta Felious Gordon: Give Me Your Hand. Odetta, John Foster, Leslie Grenage, John Seiter [1967]

Robert Stolz, Alfred Grünewald, Ludwig Herzer: Spiel auf deiner Geige das Lied von Leid und Lust (Venus in Seide). Julia Migenes, Julia Migenes, Werner Eisbrenner, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Volksopernorchester [1979]

Alban Berg, Peter Altenberg: Über die Grenzen des All (Altenberg-Lieder, Op.4/3). Heather Harper, Pierre Boulez, BBC Symphony Orchestra [live Moscow January 1967]

Luciano Berio, e.e. cummings: Rounds with voice. Cathy Berberian, Antoinette Vischer [1967]

Claudio Monteverdi, anonymous poet: Quel sguardo sdegnosetto (Scherzi musicali). Bernard Kruysen, Huguette Dreyfus, Jean Lamy [1967]

Georg Philipp Telemann, Christoph Gottlieb Wend: Vergiss dich selbst, mein schönster Engel (Eginhard). Barry McDaniel, Josef Ulsamer, Laurenzius Strehl, Elza van der Ven [1967]

Johann Christian Bach: O clemens (Salve Regina). Margaret Marshall, Rudolf Ewerhart, Deutschen Barocksolisten [1976]

Johannes Brahms, Georg Friedrich Daumer: Wohl schön bewandt (Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52/7). Janet Baker, Benjamin Britten, Claudio Arrau [Aldeburgh 14.06.68]

Gabriel Fauré, Sully Prudhomme: Au bord de l’eau. Nicolae Herlea, unknown pianist [1959]

Karl Weigl, Walter Calé: Beatrix. George Shirley, David Garvey [1973]

Ottorino Respighi, Antonio Rubino: Crepuscolo (Deità silvane, P.107/5). Camilla Williams, Borislav Bezala [1952]

Ture Rangström, Bo Bergman: Bön till natten. Elisabeth Söderström, Stig Westerberg [1957]

César Cui, Alexander Pushkin: Царскосельская статуя [The Statue of Tsarskoye Selo]. Jennie Tourel, Allen Rogers [1967]

Traditional Russian: Volga Boatmen Song. Yi-Kwei Sze, Gérard van Blerk: Volga Boatmen Song [1965]

Richard Wagner: Wie Todesahnung… O du, mein holder Abendstern (Tannhäuser). Jorma Hynninen, Kari Tikka, Finnish National Opera Orchestra [1992]

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem aeternam [from Libera me] (Messa da Requiem). Gloria Davy, Gianfranco Rivoli, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper [1963]

Traditional Spiritual, arr. Hall Johnson: A City Called Heaven. Robert McFerrin, Norman Johnson [1957]

Traditional Polish, arr. Stefan Stuligrosz: Lulajże Jezuniu [Sleep, Jesus]. Teresa Żylis-Gara, Stefan Stuligrosz, Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television in Poznań, Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the State Philharmonic in Poznań [1980]

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