Actually, I've been collecting her records for years. It's a throwback
voice, smooth, perfectly produced and lovely in quality. She phrases quite
musically but lacks some temperament. To be kind, she was not the most
beautiful of women, which may have affected her career.
Most is (was) in CD, even some 45 rpm only releases.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Aafje Heynis
I've just encountered some recordings by this Netherlands contralto -
Oratorio, Bach, Handel, Brahms etc., on reissues of her EMI and Philips
recordings, late 40's?? through 60's??. Reissued on CD by EMI France, and
Philips/Decca Universal Australia.
She did record on 78, but primarily LP era.
What a lovely voice!!! How is it she is barely known in the USA (based on a
very limited survey of friends)???
I see one U.S. release on LP from EPIC.
There is information about her on the Bach Cantatas website:
Those on these lists who are classical vocal enthusiasts - are you aware of
Best wishes, Thomas.