Magazine article Musical Opinion

"Softly Awakes My Heart"

Magazine article Musical Opinion

"Softly Awakes My Heart"

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Softly Awakes My Heart - celebrating the majestic career of Louise Kirkby Lunn Michael Letchford, with contributions by David Mason, Tully Potter and Norman White. Softback 208 pages, plus boundin cover CD: Details from Michael Letchford Artists, Goar Lodge, Smith's Green, Takeley, CM22 6NS Tel: 01279 870590 Mobile: 07815 871766

Elsewhere in this issue will be found details of a new SOMM release which contains a number of previously unavailable recordings of Kathleen Ferrier, widely claimed at her death in 1953 aged 41 to have been the finest contralto this country has ever produced. But within living memory at that time were many who recalled the career of Ferrier's predecessor, Louise Kirkby Lunn (1872-1930), whose career spanned forty years and which was truly international, encompassing opera, the concert hall and recital room.

Such was Lunn's fame and eminence that in the first two decades of the twenti ethcentury she appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand with Caruso, Destinn, Martinelli, Plançon, Melba and other great artists, and made, during a period of over a quarter of a century, more than 200 record i ngs, including such rarities (for the time) as songs by Reger, Vaughan Williams and Holst, alongside many recordings from the standard lieder and operatic repertoire.

Principal amongst the latter are her recordings of the title role in Saint-Saēns's Samson et Dalila, her assumption of the role in 1909 furthering her international successes and earning the praise of the composer, who attended the British premiere of the opera at Covent Garden, declaring Lunn to be his ideal interpreter. …

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