Scottish lyric soprano Margaret Marshall presents Songbird – an album of previously unpublished recordings, released on 1 December 2020. Songbird features music by Purcell, J.S. Bach, Handel, Mozart and Finzi, all recorded by German radio networks in the 1970s.
Songbird offers a unique document of the early years of Margaret Marshall’s career immediately after she won the 1974 Munich ARD International Music Competition. It is a testament to one of the late Twentieth Century’s most outstanding lyric sopranos, bearing witness to the vocal agility, purity and depth of musicianship for which she become renowned:
2. J. S. Bach: Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209
3. Handel: Guardian Angels, from The Triumph of Time & Truth, HWV 71
4. Mozart: Ah’ lo Previdi - ah t’invola agl’occhi miei, K 272
5. Finzi: Dies Natalis 
Margaret Marshall comments: ‘I’m thrilled that Songbird has been released digitally. I retired from professional singing fifteen years ago and never imagined I would be releasing ‘new’ music. But thanks to wonderfully supportive friends, here it is! Alongside music by Purcell, J.S. Bach, Handel and Mozart – composers and works I loved to sing – is Finzi’s beautiful Dies Natalis, best known for tenors but also a wonderful sing for sopranos.’
Miss Marshall shares her experience of singing these works on her new website www.margaretmarshallsongbird.com
Margaret Marshall is one of the finest discoveries of recent years. A perfect technique carries this radiant voice, more varied in colour than some of her world-famous colleagues, full of life and energy, of exquisite expression where the vocalisation pours forth inner enchantment and surpasses technical virtuosity.
 1 and 4: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mosche Atzmon and Hanns-Martin Schneidt; 2: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Hans Zender; 3. NDR Elbphilharmonie Orkester; Günther Weissenborn: 5. Mainz Chamber Orchestra, Günter Kehr
 J.S. Bach, Easter Oratorio, Kurt Redel (conductor), Le Monde, 20 April 1976
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