LH: Years ago, I went to Avery Fisher Hall and heard Eileen Farrell
sing the "Immolation Scene." She kind of schlepped out on to the stage and I wondered how it would be.
She founded the Eileen Farrell
fan club by writing to admirers of the soprano throughout the country and gathering memorabilia related to her career.
Deborah Zuke Smith, founder of zuketunes LLC, is a vocal and artist coach who has studied with Eileen Farrell
and Marty Lawrence, and is a certified Brett Manning Associate.
That fine soprano, Christine Brewer, sings a programme of encores sung by past songsters, Echoes of Nightingales the programme is titled, recalling Flagsted, Treubel, Steber and Eileen Farrell
. There is a flavour of the drawing room here with some old favourites, but Bernstein's Some Other Time, and Happiness is a Thing called Joe, by Harold Arien, brings us up to date, in a well sung and enjoyable recital from Hyperion.
Over more than half a century, Barrett managed the careers of such talent as Joseph Szigeti, Carlos Chavez, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Zara Nelsova, the American Opera Society, Wilhelm Backhaus, Eileen Farrell
, the Negro Ensemble Company, Martha Argerich, the Little Orches tra Society, Michael Tippett, Grace Bumbry, John Houseman's Acting Company, Tatiana Troyanos, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Ravi Shankar and hundreds more.
His remark on Eileen Farrell
's live 1951 performance of the Liebestod seems odd, however; in Brown's view, Farrell is "no match for the New York Philharmonic under Victor De Sabata, who combine to overwhelm her" (p.
2; Jacqueline du Pre sounding quite different in Schumann's Cello Concerto than in her reading with her husband, Daniel Barenboim; and Eileen Farrell
and Jess Thomas starring in 80 minutes of positively thrilling, well-recorded scenes from Wagner's Gotterdammerung.