The Art of Marian Anderson

February 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

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One of America’s great voices, this contralto from Philadelphia endured much discrimination and had to find acceptance in Europe. Eventually she would break the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 opening the door to generations of African American artists.


Jean Sibelius: “Flickan Kam Ifran Syn Alsklings Mote”
Marian Anderson with Kosti Vehanan, piano
Recorded in Paris in 1936
MET 220 CD

Franz Schubert: “Ave Maria”
Marian Anderson with Kosti Vehanen, piano
Recorded in Paris in 1936
RCA VICTOR 09026‐63260‐2

Comments on Marian Anderson by conductor, Eugene Ormandy Recorded in 1968
LP: RCA SP‐33‐555

Johannes Brahms: “Dein Blaues Auge”
Marian Anderson with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Recorded in Philadelphia in 1939
LP: LM‐2712

Giuseppe Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera, “Re Del Abisso”
Marian Andereson with Jan Peerce, tenor
The Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Conducted by Dimitri Metropoulos
Recorded in performance on December 10th, 1955
Private Recording

Spirituals: “Deep River” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” Marian Anderson with Franz Rupp, piano