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Marian Anderson
To the Artist Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson - Beyond the Music


Beyond the Music is a special 15-CD edition celebrating contralto Marian Anderson, the first Black singer at the Met. On April 9, 1939, a cold Easter Sunday, a woman in a fur coat walked down the steps of Lincoln Memorial, ready to perform open-air after being refused the largest hall in Washington because she was Black. As contralto Marian Anderson raised her voice to sing the words of My Country, ’Tis of Thee to the 75,000 who gathered to listen to her, an unforgettable historic moment unfolded. The great voice of “The Lady from Philadelphia,” first discovered by her local neighborhood, took her to global fame on the stages of Europe, Asia, and America. She became the first Black woman to perform at the Met in New York, she sang for presidents and kings, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and with her dignity, courage, and unwavering belief in equal rights she became an icon in her supportive role for the civil rights movement. 

The present edition is the first release of Marian Anderson’s complete recorded legacy for RCA Victor. Along with the first-ever complete release of her legendary Farewell Recital at Constitution Hall in 1964, many recordings appear here on CD for the first time. From her debut in 1924 for the Victor label to her last LP from 1966, all recordings have been meticulously restored and remastered from the original analog masters using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology. 72 works are appearing on CD for the first time, 9 recordings previously unreleased.  The 228-page coffee-table book is richly illustrated with numerous photos and facsimiles, a new essay by Raymond Arsenault – author of The Sound of Freedom and Freedom Riders – and full discographical notes. It is a homage to the artistic life of a singer “one is privileged to hear only once in a hundred years” (Toscanini) and who left us a legacy of humanity, generosity, talent, and faith. 


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  1. Introduction
  2. Marian Anderson Visiting the 24th Infantry Division
  3. "There's No Place Like Home"
  4. Marian Anderson Receiving an Honorary Degree in Seoul
  5. "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in Seoul
  6. Traveling to Saigon and performing "Getting to Know You"
  7. Marian Anderson traveling to Bangkok and Speaking about her Favorite Songs and Emancipation
  8. "Trampin'"
  9. Marian Anderson Meeting the King of Thailand in Bangkok
  10. Marian Anderson Performing in Bangkok "Comin' Through the Rye"
  11. Marian Anderson Performing in the Philippines Schubert's Ständchen
  12. Marian Anderson Performing Schubert's "Ave Maria"
  13. Marian Anderson Performing in Philippines "Heav'n, Heav'n"
  14. Marian Anderson Performing in Vietnam "Go Down, Moses"
  15. Marian Anderson performing in Vietnam "The Plough Boy"
  16. Marian Anderson speaking with Buddhist scholars
  17. Marian Anderson performing on October 19 in Burma "Dere's No Hidin' Place Down Dere"
  18. Marian Anderson Meeting the Prime Minister of Burma
  19. Marian Anderson Responding to Arkansas' Governor
  20. Marian Anderson visiting Kuala Lumpur
  21. Marian Anderson Performing in Kuala Lumpur "The Malaysian National Anthem"
  22. Marian Anderson Introducing "You've Got to Be Taught"
  23. Marian Anderson Performing in Kuala Lumpur "You've got to be Taught"
  24. Marian Anderson traveling to Pakistan and India
  25. Marian Anderson Discussing the Music of India and her Collaboration with the Bombay City Orchestra
  26. Marian Anderson Performing "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" with the Bombay City Orchestra
  27. Marian Anderson Speaking at the All India Radio Station in New Delhi About Issues of Race and Representation
  28. Marian Anderson Getting Introduced at the Gandhi Memorial in Old Delhi
  29. Marian Anderson speaking about Gandhi
  30. Marian Anderson Performing in Old Delhi "Lead Kindly Light"