Monday, January 31, 2011

Sony: 'Legacy of AMERICAN DIVA Shirley Verrett, Four Previously Unavailable Recordings Released February 1, 2011'

[Falla's Seven Popular Spanish songs; Shirley Verret, mezzo-soprano; SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC (Feb. 1, 2011)]

Elisa Peimer of Sony Masterworks sends this press release on recordings of Shirley Verrett:

“Dear Colleague:
Below please find the press release and streaming music for four digital and burn-on-demand Shirley Verrett albums that will be available February 1.

Carnegie Hall Recital

Falla's Seven Popular Spanish songs and Songs by Granados / Nin / Obradors / Montsalvatge / Turina

Vocal Music of Vivaldi

Singin' in the Storm

“Sony Masterworks Commemorates The Recorded Legacy of AMERICAN DIVA Shirley Verrett

“Four Previously Unavailable Recordings Released February 1, 2011

“SONY MASTERWORKS commemorates the recorded legacy of American diva Shirley Verrett (1931-2010), one of the most acclaimed mezzo-sopranos of the second half of the twentieth century. Four of her earliest recordings that have not been translated to CD until now: Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs, Carnegie Hall Recital, Singin’ in the Storm and Vocal Music of Vivaldi will be available through all major digital service providers and as disc-on-demand February 1, 2011.

"Verrett was perhaps the most commanding of remarkable African-American artists that followed Leontyne Price’s breakthrough internationally and at the Metropolitan Opera. Verrett’s career hit its stride just as the civil rights movement had its first successes, though she had already enjoyed a decade of international acclaim by the time she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1968. A mezzo-soprano whose flexible voice allowed her to sing the great soprano roles, Verrett, was a glamorous woman with a striking presence on the world’s great opera stages for more than thirty years."

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