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Evening, wild ducks (1901) by Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939)
Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm
Track(s) taken from CDH55471
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 29 seconds

'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)

Lasse liten, Op 37 No 2
First line:
Världen är så stor, så stor
composer
1902
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Lasse liten (‘Little Lasse’) is from 1902, as is Soluppgång (‘Sunrise’)—again, recent evidence has disproved the previously accepted dating. Lasse liten has been criticized for its low-lying accompaniment, almost exclusively in the bass clef. Yet, oddly enough, its subtle rhythm, so completely attuned to the speech rhythm of Topelius’s verse, strikes a note of conviction, and the dark colours evoked convey an idea of the big wide world with all its attendant dangers that lurks outside the mother’s sheltering embrace.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

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