Clara Butt     (Pearl 0081)
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Clara Butt     (Pearl 0081)
V0235. CLARA BUTT: Songs by Ronald, Liddle, Elgar, Hawley, Woodforde-Finden, Hatton, Nevin, Bishop, Rasbach, Sullivan, Foster, Molloy, Broadwood, Arne, etc.; Arias from Xerxes, Elijah, Dream of Gerontius & Samson et Dalila. (England) Pearl 0081, recorded 1910-30. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 727031008125


“The greatest voice that has come from a national institution is Clara Butt’s…..”

- Blanche Marchesi, SINGER’S PILGRIMAGE, p 222

“Clara Butt possessed one of the greatest and most powerful contralto voices; there was a vast and ‘baritonal’ bottom and a lighter toned pure top. Her repertory consisted of oratorio arias, ballads and songs (although she had some opera arias in her repertory). Today, most of her repertoire might not be of much interest, but we have to realize that Dame Clara had to sing against the background of Victorian taste. Her true contralto voice, however, is one of the most glorious ever recorded.”

- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile