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Svarta rosor, Op 36 No 1

First line:
Säg hvarför är du så ledsen i dag
composer
1899
author of text

Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano)
Recording details: June 2001
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 1 seconds

Cover artwork: Evening, wild ducks (1901) by Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939)
Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
 
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Reviews

'Compellingly shaped and hugely accomplished recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

'One of the very finest selections of Sibelius’s songs … Karnéus’s mellow, heartfelt mezzo is perceptively accompanied by Drake' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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'If you want a single disc to demonstrate the richness and variety of Sibelius's songs, you will not do better than this. Karnéus's voice is glorious' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Rich in variety and entirely satisfying as a recital' (International Record Review)

'Inspired performances … it is a magic partnership, giving fresh insights in every song' (The Guardian)

'Highly recommended to lovers of Sibelius's music who, like me, were unaware of this treasure' (The Sunday Times)

'A wonderful, thoroughly recommendable album … this disc receives my highest recommendation' (Fanfare, USA)

'Julius Drake has all the precision of nuance and sensitivity to rhythm and balance that the piano parts demand. Karnéus is utterly compelling' (The Evening Standard)

'Enveloppée dans le piano généreux et coloré de Julius Drake, Katarina Karnéus interprète ces Mélodies avec émotion et simplicité’ (Classica, France)
The Opus 36 songs are among Sibelius’s most popular. Svarta rosor (‘Black roses’) is probably the best known of all of them and its fascination lies in the way the mood darkens at the words ‘Ty sorgen har nattsvarta rosor’ (‘for grief has roses black as night’). This phrase is poised on the second position of the chord of C sharp minor before resolving on the C major tonic.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

Les mélodies de l’opus 36 sont parmi les plus célèbres qu’il ait composées. Svarta rosor («Roses noires») est sans doute la plus connue d’entre toutes et la fascination qu’elle provoque repose sur la façon dont l’atmosphère s’assombrit lors du passage «Ty sorgen har nattsvarta rosor» («car le chagrin porte des roses noires comme la nuit»). Cette expression est placée sur la seconde position de l’accord d’ut dièse mineur avant de se résoudre sur la tonique d’ut majeur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert Layton © 2002
Français: Atlas Translations

Die Lieder Opus 36 gehören zu Sibelius’ beliebtesten. Svarta rosor („Schwarze Rosen“) ist wahrscheinlich das bekannteste aller dieser Lieder, und seine Faszination besteht in der Verdüsterung der Stimmung bei den Worten „Ty sorgen har nattsvarta rosor“ („denn das Leid hat Rosen mit schwarzen Blüten“). Diese Phrase schwebt auf der zweiten Position des Cis-Moll-Akkords, bevor sie sich auf der C-Dur-Tonika auflöst.

aus dem Begleittext von Robert Layton © 2002
Deutsch: Atlas Translations