Great Australian Voices - Marjorie Lawrence (4CD)

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Marjorie Lawrence

Marjorie Lawrence (1909-1979) was a sensation. She was a sensation in every aspect of her remarkable career. From her competition wins in her teen years, through her career in Paris, an absolute sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York at age 28, through her physical immobilisation to her heralded 'comeback', her work entertaining the 'troops', her seemingly endless encouragement of Australian talent and work as a teacher of singing, Marjorie Lawrence's celebrity shone brighter than a beacon light.

This new release from Désirée Records contains arias, ensembles and scenes from Marjorie Lawrence's most heralded roles - Brünnhilde, Ortrud, Salome, Senta, Sieglinde, Kundry, Carmen, Alceste, Rachel along with many songs from a wide range of composers and styles. Most importantly, this collection includes her most sought-after unpublished recordings - the 1945 Columbias and her own (unused) soundtrack recordings made for the MGM film Interrupted Melody. These original acetates were in Lawrence's own personal archive - from her estate - and are the only known recordings in existence. Also included are the Percy Grainger folksong arrangements from the Carnegie Hall concert she performed with Grainger himself on the podium as well as numerous rarities from her repertoire.

Désirée Records is proud to make these available for the first time along with a host of Australian broadcasts and interviews. From her earliest test pressings in 1928 recorded at the age of 19, through to her final Australian concert in 1966 to her final singing appearance (performing the Piaf song "La vie en rose") at a fundraising dinner in 1973.

As always, this 4 CD set in the luxurious book format, includes a 60 page booklet complete with biographical notes and rare photographs.

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Tracklisting:

CD 1

  1. Der Männer Sippe - Die Walküre (Wagner)
  2. Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an - Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner)
  3. Zurück, Elsa! Nicht länger. will ich dullen - Lohengrin (Wagner)
  4. Nein Parsifal, du thör'ger Reiner - Parsifal (Wagner)
  5. Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort - Götterdämmerung (Wagner)
  6. Vieni t'affreta - Macbeth (Verdi)
  7. Whispers of Heavenly Death (Bonner)

 

CD 2

  1. Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen - Salome (R. Strauss)
  2. Les tringles des sistres tintaient - Carmen (Bizet)
  3. Nous avons en tête une affaire - Carmen (Bizet)
  4. Je vais danser en votre honneur - Carmen (Bizet)
  5. Il va venir - La Juive (Halévy)
  6. Il est doux, il est bon - Hérodiade (Massenet)
  7. Divinités du Styx - Alceste (Gluck)
  8. Ô ma lyre immortelle - Sapho (Gounod)
  9. Gioite al canto mio - L'Euridice (Peri)
  10. Soupirer et pleurer, violà ma vie - Giulio Cesare (Handel)
  11. Tatiana's Letter Scene - Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)

 

CD 3

  1. A Highland Lad (Traditional)
  2. Bluebells of Scotland (Traditional)
  3. Comin' thru the Rye (Traditional)
  4. Doun the Burn (Hook)
  5. Flow Gently Sweet Afton (Hume)
  6. I Love Thee (Grieg)
  7. My Ain Folk (Lemon)
  8. Robin Adair (Traditional)
  9. Der Lindenbaum (Schubert)
  10. Erlkönig (Schubert)
  11. Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen - Salome (R. Strauss)
  12. My heart at thy sweet voice - Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns)
  13. Un bel di vedremo - Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
  14. Waltzing Matilda (Traditional)
  15. Rule Brittania (Arne)
  16. Waltzing Matilda (Traditional)
  17. Maori Farewell (Hill)
  18. The Holy City (Adams)
  19. 'Harry Lauder' Medley
  20. Willow, Willow (Grainger)
  21. Shallow Brown (Grainger)
  22. The Old Woman at the Christening (Grainger)
  23. Hubby and Wifey (Grainger)
  24. Rule Britannia (Arne arr. Grainger)

 

CD 4

  1. Du bist der Lenz - Die Walküre (Wagner)
  2. Annie Laurie (Scott)
  3. My Ain Folk (Lemon) & Waltzing Matilda (Traditional)
  4. The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)
  5. Doun the Burn (Hook)
  6. Zueignung (R. Strauss)
  7. Waltzing Matilda (Traditional)
  8. Danny Boy (Traditional)
  9. Der Schmid (Brahms)
  10. My Ain Folk (Lemon)
  11. O don fatale - Don Carlo (Verdi)
  12. In questa tomba oscura (Beethoven)
  13. Ring Bells Ring (Day)
  14. My Ain Folk (Lemon)
  15. Annie Laurie (Scott)
  16. Early days in Paris
  17. The Metropolitan Opera
  18. Buckingham Palace
  19. Salome's Dance
  20. Touring Australia
  21. La vie en rose (Piaf)