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Thread: Which professional contralto would you consider to be the best you have ever heard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalieriIsInnocent View Post
    Delphine Galou is another one I quite enjoy:

    I have recently become a huge fan of Delphine Galou, starting with her recent discs of Vivaldi sacred and secular music on Naive. Absolutely stunning voice, and that Erbarme dich is something else.
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    Among recent artists, has Jamie Barton been mentioned?

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    For me, it has been Kathleen Ferrier on records, particularly her recordings with Bruno Walter, and in concert & on records, Maureen Forrester. I first heard Forrester sing a Mahler orchestral song cycle in the 1980s, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and her performance left an indelible impression on me. Mahler is an ideal composer for great contraltos, & Brahms too.

    The following 1949 Edinburgh Festival recital sung by Ferrier, with Walter on the piano, shows Ferrier at her best I think:

    Here too is a clip of Forrester singing Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, with the RIAS Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Ferenc Fricsay, in 1958: (It's a beautiful performance, though I still prefer mezzo soprano Dame Janet Baker's recording with Sir John Barbirolli, which is a desert island disc of mine.)

    Here also is Forrester singing the Urlicht movement from Mahler's 2nd Symphony, with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Bruno Walter:

    & Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under Fritz Reiner:

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