The soprano Heather Harper, who has died aged 88, was one of the best loved and most respected singers of her generation.
MAY 8, 1930 - APRIL 22, 2019
Her recordings include Peter Grimes in both audio and video formats, as well as the War Requiem (Chandos). She took part in 1957 performances (conducted by Antony Hopkins) of sacred works by Michel-Richard Delalande, recorded in LP format on the L'Oiseau-Lyre label; these pieces had never previously found their way to disc. Superb renditions in the 1970s (conducted by Sir Georg Solti) are now available, notably Mahler's 8th Symphony with Watts, Minton, Popp, Kollo, Shirley-Quirk and Talvela (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1972, Decca) and Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten with Dernesch, Hesse, King and Berry (Covent Garden, 1976, Fiori). More recently, a live concert performance of Britten's Our Hunting Fathers has been issued on the London Philharmonic Orchestra's own label. References WIKIPEDIA | GUARDIAN OBIT
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