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The Complete Recordings
The Complete Recordings

Florence Foster Jenkins
Styles: Classical, Comedy
Catalogue Number: ACMCD4388
Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York socialite who, despite being a hopelessly incompetent ‘singer’, believed herself to be an operatic soprano of note, and performed for invited audiences at recitals for thirty years or more until her death in 1944, just weeks after her only public performance at Carnegie Hall, which attracted an incredulous response. She was unable to pitch a note accurately or hold a tune, nor did she have any sense of rhythm or timing, and this collection of the private recordings she made in the early 1940s admirably portray her singular lack of talent. She acquired a cult legendary status over the years, to the extent that in 2016 a high profile feature film biopic is being released, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which will prompt a new surge of interest in her recordings. This release contains all the pieces she consigned to disc, comprising coloratura arias from well-known operas along with contemporary art songs, two written by her regular piano accompanist Cosme McMoon. It is simultaneously astonishing and hilarious, and for once the description of “unique” is amply justified.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Aria: Queen Of The Night (From 'The Magic Flute' - Mozart) Florence Foster Jenkins
2 The Musical Snuff-Box Florence Foster Jenkins
3 Like A Bird Florence Foster Jenkins
4 Bell Song (From Lakmé) Florence Foster Jenkins
5 Serenata Mexicana Florence Foster Jenkins
6 Charmant Oiseau (From 'Pearl Of Brazil' - David) Florence Foster Jenkins
7 Biassy (Based on the Prelude No. 166 by J.S. Bach. Words by Push Florence Foster Jenkins
8 Adele's Laughing Song (From 'Die Fiedermaus' - Johann Strauss) Florence Foster Jenkins
9 Valse Caressante Florence Foster Jenkins
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