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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 30 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)

Norden, Op 90 No 1
First line:
Löfven de falla
composer
1917
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
During the 1914–18 war Sibelius was cut off from his income, and composed an abundance of miniatures including four sets of songs, Opp. 72, 86, 88 and 90, the latter to Runeberg texts. The first of the Opus 90 set is the most celebrated of the group: Norden (‘The North’), as in all the nature poetry of Runeberg, touches a special vein of inspiration in the composer. A steady, gentle syncopated figure is sustained throughout and serves to focus attention on the changing harmonies and the eloquent vocal line.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

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