Scottish lyric soprano Margaret Marshall presents Songbird – an album of previously unpublished recordings, released on 1 December 2020.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
Graham Rickson in The Arts Desk
'I urge all devotees of fine singing to enjoy this previously unheard testimony to the enduring appeal of Margaret Marshall’s lovely voice.'
Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International
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