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Track(s) taken from CDH55471

Jag är ett träd, Op 57 No 5

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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: 3 minutes 3 seconds

Cover artwork: Evening, wild ducks (1901) by Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939)
Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Jag är ett träd Op 57 No 5  [3'03]


'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

'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)
Ernst Josephson (1851–1906) was not only a poet but a painter as well. He spent most of his life in France and studied with Manet, and his paintings have to some extent overshadowed his achievement as a poet. The eight Josephson settings of Opus 57 come from 1909, the same year as the Voces intimae String Quartet. By far the loveliest of the set is the fifth song, Jag är ett träd (‘I am a tree’), which has a much bolder sense of line than its companions and a much more powerful and deeply characteristic atmosphere.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

Ernst Josephson (1851–1906) ne fut pas uniquement un poète mais également un peintre. Il passa la majeure partie de sa vie en France et étudia avec Manet, ses peintures ayant dans une certaine mesure éclipsé ses talents de poète. Les huit mélodies de l'opus 57 inspirées de Josephson furent composées à partir de 1909, la même année que la création du quatuor à cordes Voces intimae. La plus belle des huit est de loin la cinquième, Jag är ett träd («Je suis un arbre»), qui s’illustre par un sens du vers bien plus vigoureux et une atmosphère tout à fait caractéristique.

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

Ernst Josephson (1851–1906) war nicht lediglich Dichter, sondern daneben auch Maler. Er verbrachte den Hauptteil seines Lebens in Frankreich, war ein Schüler Manets, und seine Gemälde überschatteten in gewissem Maße seine dichterischen Leistungen. Die acht Josephson-Sätze des Opus 57 entstanden 1909, im selben Jahr wie das Streichquartett Voces intimae. Das lieblichste dieser Reihe ist das Jag är ett träd („Ich bin ein Baum“), das eine viel kühnere Melodieführung als seine Begleiter und eine viel kraftvollere und tief eigentümliche Atmosphäre besitzt.

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


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