Victor Vocal Series

July 3, 1989 | Format: MP3

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4:58
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2:47
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2:10
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2:49
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4:56
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3:07
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12:49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 3, 1989
  • Release Date: July 3, 1989
  • Label: RCA Gold Seal
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  • Total Length: 1:14:43
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  • ASIN: B001BHSU6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,734 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "lesismore26" on December 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Marian Anderson is remembered in too many instances for the wrong reasons: the first Afro-American artist to be engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in a leading role; the artist who sang the monumental concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution --- an action that sparked mass indignation and worldwide attention to the fact that the racial prejudice was alive and well in the United States; the artist who became a symbol of grace and dignity during the civil rights movement. While all of these things are true, they eclipse the simple fact that Marian Anderson's singularly individual and distinctive, and true contralto voice was one of the jewels of the musical century, and that her pursuasive powers as an interpreter of the lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Sibelius were the stuff of which legends are made. What is also overlooked is that the fabled voice was a long way past its prime at the time of that Metropolitan Opera debut in early 1955. The role was that of the witch Ulrica in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera"--- not a leading role, but a very important and pivotal one nonetheless ---- but by that time the voice had become dry, unsteady, frequently out-of-tune, and very "old" sounding. Anderson was already around 58 years old, and while her "debut" was historic from a social standpoint ----- it opened the doors for such future legends a Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett, Grace Bumbry ------ it was certainly not a great vocal milestone.Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Koli Mitra on May 6, 2000
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I can't add much to the superb review by lesismore26 (I give it five Stars! ) but I do have one disagreement. I LIKED the Ulrica aria. Yes, the voice is past its prime, but the artistry is very much there. In fact, the piece makes it clear that while her voice sounds perfect for her repertoire, it could have handled opera quite beautifully too. It's true that the pure, ethereal quality of her tone is DEFINITELY well suited to Baroque and Classical oratorio, and true that there simply aren't that many roles for contraltos. But it is also true that these reasons had NOTHING to do with why this particular contralto was not singing in opera houses. Another voice as dazzling as hers would have had composers creating roles tailored for them.
I wouldn't trade her spirituals and lieder, but I would have liked to hear her sing Erda, or Clytemnestra, maybe even Dalila (if you can imagine this Angelic persona in THAT role!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teri W. Leibforth on April 9, 2009
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Viewing a recent documentary about Marian Anderson prompted me to buy this CD for my husband, David. Both the documentary and this CD brought back special memories for him of hearing her sing at Northrup Hall in Minneapolis in the late '50s. In college at the time, David took his mother and best friend to her concert. He remembers so well Miss Anderson's dignity and graciousness in receiving them after the concert, thanking them for attending and shaking their hands. After performing a complete concert, she remained to greet everyone who wished to see her, (when many other performers would have gotten into their limos as fast as possible.) "This was such a schizophrenic time -- some people would pay to hear her sing, but wouldn't eat in the same restaurant or stay in the same hotel as she," David remarked. The quality of this CD is really very good, considering the technology at the time the original recordings were made. This CD has a wonderful variety: spirituals, opera and German lieder. It's a great addition to every music lover's collection. A live Marian Anderson concert was a gift beyond measure -- this CD helped us both to experience her unique, magnificent artistry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louis N. Gruber VINE VOICE on March 14, 2009
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I had heard of Marian Anderson, particularly the story of the Lincoln Memorial concert, but had never heard her sing, when I read The Sound of Freedom, the story of that concert and the singer's life. That led me to acquire this recording and I'm glad I did. One of the great voices of the twentieth century. In this wonderful recording, she sings everything from Bach to German Lieder to opera to spirituals and does them all brilliantly.

Her dark throaty contralto voice conveys profound emotion. I could hardly listen to "They crucified my Lord..." without tears flowing. A wide range of selections are presented on this CD, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s near the end of her singing career. All are excellent. The jacket liner warned of hissing from these old records, but I found the sound to be technically superb.

Marian Anderson's voice deserves to be remembered and heard again. I recommend this musical delight heartily. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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By Mary E. Smith on July 7, 2014
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Her voice was just beautiful, but I was disappointed in the song selections.
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