To my mind, Janet Baker's incomparable, especially in the Alto Rhapsody.
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From: "Mark Weiss" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 10:42 PM
Subject: Re: Help! The grass is singing
> The Ferrier is I think unmatched, amidst a field crowded with good to
> great versions. Walter's conducting doesn't hurt. I'm not as crazy about
> Patzak. Ferrier also does a mean Alto Rhapsody (among much else, of
> course), though the Marian Anderson is equally amazing and very different.
> An Anderson Das Lied would have been nice to hear. Alas.
> I'm not sure that Eliot added any value to the commonplace. But I'm
> decidedly not a fan.
> At 04:18 PM 3/27/2006, you wrote:
>>interesting, thanks - I suppose it must indeed be a common phrase in
>>grassland areas - which Eliot picks up and imbues with his own
>>thunder-speaking thing -
>>>In mid-voyage I never knew Das
>>Lied von der Erde to fail me.
>>I am fully here but I was listening to this earlier today, the Kathleen
>>Ferrier version. Not that i venerate that above other recordings!