Louise Kirkby Lunn - Softly Awakes My Heart   (Michael Letchford)    (9780956479624)
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Louise Kirkby Lunn - Softly Awakes My Heart   (Michael Letchford)    (9780956479624)
B1865. MICHAEL LETCHFORD, with contributions by David Mason, Tully Potter and Norman White. SOFTLY AWAKES MY HEART – celebrating the majestic career of LOUISE KIRKBY LUNN. U.K., Goar Lodge, Privately Printed by the Author, 2017. 208pp. Index; Numerous Photos; Illus., Accompanied by bound-incover CD of recordings by Louise Kirkby Lunn. (Pictorial thick paper covers) Final Copy! - 9780956479624


“Louise Kirkby Lunn’s career spanned forty years and which was truly international, encompassing opera, the concert hall and recital room. Such was Lunn's fame and eminence that in the first two decades of the twentieth-century she appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand with Caruso, Destinn, Martinelli, Plancon, Melba and other great artists, and made, during a period of over a quarter of a century, more than 200 recordings, including such rarities (for the time) as songs by Reger, Vaughan Williams and Holst, alongside many recordings from the standard lieder and operatic repertoire. Principal amongst the latter are her recordings of the title role in Saint-Saens' SAMSON ET DALILA, her assumption of the role in 1909 furthering her international successes and earning the praise of the composer, who attended the British premiere of the opera at Covent Garden, declaring Lunn to be his ideal interpreter. Her recording of 'Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta voix’, made at the same time, and heard on the accompanying CD, constitutes a master-class of interpretative singing of this music. Her career embraced many more operatic roles than Dalila, including Carmen, Amneris, Ortrud, Erda (under Richter),Waltraute, Fricka and Brangane, the famous American tour of PARSIFAL of 1904-05, as well as performing Elgar's SEA PICTURES in New York under Mahler, with whom she appeared several times, and the Angel in the London premiere of GERONTIUS (1901 under Wood, later under Richter). Her final appearance was in 1927 at the Albert Hall, a MESSIAH under Harty. Michael Letchford's previous books on singers of the past have been distinguished by exceptional quality in terms of biographical and musical research, printing and presentation and accompanied by a bound-in CD of some of the artist's famous recordings. This latest book is no exception, maintaining the quality for which this author is well-known. The quality and depth of musical understanding of Lunn is well captured on these very old recordings, all being over one hundred years old, and the book is illustrated with some rare photographs and posters, setting a standard which will be difficult to match and impossible to improve upon. This book is most enthusiastically recommended.”

- Robert Matthew-Walker, MUSICAL OPINION QUARTERLY, April-June, 2017

“As Sir Henry Wood is quoted in the book as saying ‘Kirkby Lunn was a singer of whom England may be justly proud - a singer with a glorious voice and an even tone throughout a compass of well over two octaves’. She should be better known and appreciated. This book and it accompanying CD go far along the road to achieving that. Recommended.”

- John Banks, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2017