Heather Harper made many recordings for Decca in the sixties, some of which
may still be earning her royalties. The legal department at Polygram may
offer some contact information. Otherwise, either the National Health or
the Pension office would be worth a try.
On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM Howard Sanner <[log in to unmask]>
> This is my first post. I'm hoping you'll have some ideas about the
> problem below.
> Last spring I acquired a recording by Heather Harper of a recitative
> and aria from The Seasons. It comprises No. 17 and the recitative that
> precedes it, sung in English. If you point your browser to
> and scroll down a little you'll be able to read everything I know
> about the discs, see photographs of "interesting" writing on the discs
> and jackets, and even listen to it. The link is to a 16 bit, 44.1 KHz
> (i.e., CD quality) WAV file. It will take a few minutes to download
> even with a fast Internet connection. The performance is superb (i.e.,
> just another day at the office for HH).
> The recording is on one side each of ten- and twelve inch
> instantaneous recording blanks. The ten inch disc holds the
> recitative; the twelve inch disc contains the aria.
> I have totally struck out in attempting to contact Harper to find out
> what she remembers about this recording. I can't find an address for a
> manager. (Maybe, at 88 and long retired, she thinks she doesn't need
> one anymore.) Her last teaching gig was at the Royal College of Music.
> They have no contact information at all for her. Her alma mater,
> Trinity College of Music (now Trinity-Laban) did have an outdated
> address; the letter they kindly sent to that address came back
> undeliverable. :-(
> At both the RCM and Trinity I contacted the library, figuring that was
> my best bet for getting help.
> So does anyone know how to contact Harper, or anyone who might, or
> have any additional ideas about this? My question is could Ms. Harper
> please tell me the name of the pianist, circumstances, date, and
> location of the recording? I'm perfectly happy with someone relaying
> the questions to HH and her reply to me; I don't particularly need to
> be in touch with her myself.
> I realize I could count on the fingers of both hands with ten fingers
> left over the people other than me who care anything at all about
> this. However, she was a major artist, and it seems to me that I
> should try to find out what she remembers about this, and not wait
> until she's performing in that great opera house in the sky before
> getting serious about it (as I have done in too many other cases).
> Thanks for any counsel you can give.
> Howard Sanner
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