Celebrating the life & recording career of the majestic American
dramatic soprano Jessye Norman.
Unquestionably one of the exceptional vocal performers of recent times, and
most decorated sopranos of all time, Ms Norman famously brought the actor
Sidney Poitier to tears with her performance of “Amazing Grace” at the 1995
Kennedy Center Honors tribute concert.
44CDs of studio & live recitals, orchestral lieder, Christmas, American
songbook favourites, sacred & spiritual songs and personal favourites
of Jessye Norman such as the music of Michel Legrand. All recordings made
for the Decca, Philips & Deutsche Grammophon labels.
3 DVDs complete the set, including an intimate film made by André Heller,
that features filmed interviews and performances of many of her signature
arias & songs, Christmas concerts from Notre-Dame & Ely Cathedrals
and a live recital of Handel, Schubert & Schumann from the 1987
Hohenems Festival, Austria on DVD for the very first time!
Highlights include the classic account of Strauss’s Four Last Songs with
Kurt Masur, Isoldes Liebestod with Herbert von Karajan, Schoenberg’s
Gurrelieder with Seiji Ozawa and a stellar cast, 2 discs with the legendary
composer/conductor and pianist John Williams and the iconic Spirituals in
Concert recording with Kathleen Battle.
PLUS 6 previously unreleased recordings of works by Berlioz, Britten,
Haydn, Strauss & Wagner with conductors Seiji Ozawa (Boston Symphony
Orchestra), James Levine (Berliner Philharmoniker) & Kurt Masur
(Gewandhausorchester) that includes highlights from Wagner’s Tristan und
Isolde where Ms Norman sings both as Isolde & Brangäne, showcasing her