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CD icon Recordings of Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila are found on the following CD albums: (clear search)


Kathleen Ferrier and Sir John Barbirolli

Kathleen Ferrier and Sir John Barbirolli album cover
Format: CD
Label: Barbirolli Society
Release date: March 2015
Catalogue no: SJB 1080

Lennox Berkeley had written Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila in 1947 for contralto and string orchestra, expressly for Ferrier. As it was his first solo vocal work, Berkeley consulted with Ferrier during its composition, recalling that ‘she put herself at the service of the music.’ She gave the first broadcast performance at the end of April 1948 with the Arnold Goldsbrough Orchestra, and this subsequent performance from November 1949 under Barbirolli reveals the insight of both artists with music of their British contemporaries, more so perhaps as Ferrier never recorded the work commercially. (Synopsis by Barbirolli Society)

Performed by the Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor) & Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Kathleen Ferrier and Friends

Kathleen Ferrier and Friends album cover
Format: CD
Label: Pearl
Release date: February 2006
Catalogue no: GEM0229

Performed by the Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor) & Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Lennox & Michael Berkeley: The Berkeley Edition, Vol. 5

Lennox & Michael Berkeley: The Berkeley Edition, Vol. 5 album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Chandos Records
Release date: January 2005
Catalogue no: CHAN 10265

Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor), Howard Shelley (piano) & Catherine Wyn Rogers (contralto)

A Lennox Berkeley Centenary Album

A Lennox Berkeley Centenary Album album cover
Format: CD
Label: EMI
Release date: August 2003
Catalogue no: 585 1382

Track 32 is the Polka (op. 5/1) played by Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick (2 pianos, 3 hands)

Performed by the Collegium Musicum Londinii, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Dennis Brain (horn), Colin Horsley (piano), Pamela Bowden (contralto), John Minchinton (conductor), Manoug Parikian (violin), Ernest Lush (piano), Thomas Hemsley (baritone), Phyllis Sellick, Cyril Smith, Andrew Davis, David Willcocks (conductor), Christopher Hughes, Stephen Cleobury (conductor) & Thomas Rose

Kathleen Ferrier: Songs My Father Taught Me

Kathleen Ferrier: Songs My Father Taught Me album cover
Format: CD
Label: Gala
Release date: June 2000
Catalogue no: GL 318

The Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila was written in the spring of 1947 for Kathleen Ferrier, who gave the first performance. This CD features the recording of that first performance with orchestra on 14 April 1948.

Performed by Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) & Arnold Goldsbrough (conductor)