Seven months pregnant, this song launched my career

Seven months pregnant, this song launched my career


norman lebrecht

September 19, 2020

The distinguished Scottish soprano Margaret Marshall has got around to putting up a website of her best recordings,

She opens with the song that won her the 1974 Munich ARD international vocal competition when she was seven months pregnant.

It’s called The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation. Listen here.



  • Sean says:

    Thank you Norman, a beautiful piece. I first came across it (and fell in love!) in a charming performance by Isobel Baillie on a very old recording, and Margaret Marshall’s rendition is also very beautiful. Lovely to be reminded of it.

  • Nick2 says:

    How wonderful to hear again the voice of the young and extraordinarily talented Margaret Marshal! She enjoyed a stellar career that I feel has not been sufficiently acknowledged by the powers-that-be. That she was not created Dane Margaret still mystifies me. Thank you Dane Margaret (for that is how I consider you) for those early recordings and reminiscences. I look forward to many more episodes.

  • Harrumphrey says:

    That’s quite the dangling modifier.

  • Bill says:

    Pregrant? The n and r keys aren’t at all close together.

  • GlossoLou says:

    I love the dangling modifier in this headline … 🙂

  • Peter San Diego says:

    What a splendidly dangling participle in that headline!

  • David A. Boxwell says:

    Her Finzi is absolutely wonderful. I’m so happy to listen to it at her site.