Marian Anderson - Beyond The Music 15-cd
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
The American mezzo-soprano Marian Anderson (1897-1993) had long since caused a sensation in Europe when she was uninvited at short notice from a concert in Washington in April 1939 because of the colour of her skin. Instead, she sang a legendary open-air concert in front of 75,000 listeners in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Late, as late as 1955, she was the first African-American singer on stage at New York's Metropolitan Opera in Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera." Her 1956 spirituals album "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand" was an immense success. Now her newly restored recordings (the analogue tapes were carefully mastered in 24bit / 96kHz technology) for RCA Victor from the years 1923 to 1966 are released on 15 CDs, including for the first time the recording of her farewell concert in Washington's Constitution Hall in 1964. The celebrated and at times highest-paid artist in the USA can be heard with songs by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, among others, with spirituals and traditionals, as Ulrica in Verdi's Ballo (with Dimitri Mitropoulos on the podium), but also on the soundtrack to a documentary of her 1957 tour of Asia A 228-page, large-format accompanying book with essays, facsimiles, discographical details and many, also private photos round off this lavish edition.