Eileen Farrell - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

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Eileen Farrell - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Eileen Farrell (soprano) with various orchestras, conductors & instrumentalists

[ Sony Classical / 16 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 20 July 2020

In celebration of the Eileen Farrell's 100th anniversary, Sony Classical is pleased to release a new x16 CD collection of this beloved artist's entire American Columbia discography. This stunning collection displays Farrell's uniquely wide repertoire, ranging from Brünnhilde to Broadway, from Cherubini's Medea to Berg's Marie, from Debussy songs to "Danny Boy", from Gluck to Gershwin. Born in 1920 in Connecticut to vaudeville performers who styled themselves "The Singing O'Farrells", she studied with a Met contralto and by the age of 20 had moved to New York with her own CBS radio programme, "Eileen Farrell Sings". The radio programme lasted seven years and made her a household name. Works performed by Farrell on the show appear on this must-have box set. In 1958, she essayed Cherubini's Medea - one of her favourite roles - and recorded extended excerpts of it for Columbia in New York. High Fidelity compared Farrell's interpretation favourably to Callas', praising her "voice of almost flawless beauty, and she is a musician of great intelligence." Gramophone concurred: "The disc should be heard by all lovers of fine singing." Farrell's Met debut - as Gluck's Alceste, also included in this collection - came in 1960. Also included in this box set are works by Verdi, Schubert, Puccini, Beethoven and Debussy.


Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924):
O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Quando me'n vo' soletta per la via (La bohème)
Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì (La bohème)
Donde lieta uscì (La bohème)
Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine)
Non la sospiri (Tosca)
Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
Spira sul mare (Madama Butterfly)
Un bel dì vedremo (Madama Butterfly)
In quelle trine morbide (Manon Lescaut)
Tu che di gel sei cinta (Turandot)
In questa reggia (Turandot)

Debussy: Beau Soir
Debussy: C'est l'extase langoureuse (No. 1 from Ariettes Oubliées)
Debussy: Fleur des blés (André Girod)
Debussy: Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison
Debussy: L'ombre des arbres (No. 3 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Poulenc: Hotel
Poulenc: Voyage à Paris
Poulenc: C
Poulenc: Metamorphoses : Reine des mouettes
Poulenc: Fleurs

Rodgers, R: Ten Cents A Dance
Martin, Hugh: Ev'rytime
Weill, K: September Song
Arlen: I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Offenbach: The Marines' Hymn
Moore, T: Believe me if all those endearing young charms
Moore, T: The Minstrel Boy: Irish Air From Golden Book
Moore, T: The groves of Blarney - "'Tis the last rose of summer"
Molloy: The Kerry Dance

trad.: What Child is this? (Greensleeves)
trad.: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
trad.: Lullay, my liking
trad.: Deck the Hall
Vaughan Williams: Snow in the Street
trad.: Away in a manger
trad.: Sleep, Holy Babe
Gruber, F: Stille Nacht
Willis, R S: It came upon the midnight clear (Carol)
Redner: O little town of Bethlehem (St Louis)
trad.: Joy to the World!
anon.: Adeste fideles
Wesley, C: Hark! Hark the Herald Angels Sing
trad.: Coventry Carol
trad.: Song Of The Crib
trad.: The First Nowell

Handel: Messiah: Pastoral Symphony 'Pifa
Handel: Messiah: There were shepherds abiding in the field
Handel: Messiah: And the Angel said unto Them
Handel: Messiah: And Suddenly there was with the Angel
Handel: Messiah: Glory to God
Handel: Messiah: Then shall the eyes of the blind
Handel: He shall feed His flock (from Messiah)
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)
Handel: Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Verdi: Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)
Verdi: Ecco l'orrido campo … Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa (from Un ballo in maschera)
Verdi: Ave Maria (from Otello)
Verdi: Come in quest'ora bruna (from Simon Boccanegra)
Verdi: Tacea la notte (from Il Trovatore)
Verdi: D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)
Verdi: Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

and much much more