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Marian Anderson in Song 1936-1946



Marian Anderson is remembered not only for her beautiful, generous voice which prompted Toscanini to exclaim that a voice like hers was 'only heard once in a hundred years', but also for her rare personal qualities. She has been described as 'queenly' and 'like a goddess' by those who saw her in person, and at the same time she was known for her tremendous warmth and humility. This second collection on Prima Voce consists of Lieder and Songs recorded between 1936 and 1946.

Marian Anderson in Song 1936-1946


The tale of Philadelphia-born Anderson’s long struggle against colour prejudice tends to obscure how accomplished she was. Like many US singers she made much of her early reputation in Europe; and although she did not appear in opera until it was almost too late, she was a great concert singer, one of those who raised Spirituals into the realms of art song. In a song such as Schubert’s D545 (recorded 1947) she was peerless. Gramophone