Having previously only ever been recorded by tenors and baritones, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately has made the first female recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ bewitching song-cycle ‘The House of Life’, released on Friday 13th September. Composed in 1903 to words by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the work was in fact premiered by the contralto Edith Clegg in 1904 at London’s Wigmore Hall, and Kitty is delighted to have made the first recording featuring the cycle’s original voice type.
Entitled ‘The Song of Love’, this Albion Records disc boasts fifteen world-premiere recordings of songs by Vaughan Williams, where Kitty is joined by Roderick Williams and pianist William Vann to perform poetry ranging from William Shakespeare to Seumas O’Sullivan.
The disc has already welcomed acclaim for Kitty’s originality and musicianship:
“Kitty Whately sings with firm, focussed and appealing tone. She spins a wonderful vocal line and her diction is clear as a bell. The expression that she brings to the music is the icing on the cake.” – John Quinn, Music Web International
“Whately’s limpid mezzo delights in The Willow Song and the settings from Measure for Measure, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry VIII.” – Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 18th August 2019
For more information, and to purchase ‘The Song of Love’, visit https://rvwsociety.com/song-of-love/