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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: 5 minutes 31 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

'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)

Under strandens granar, Op 13 No 1
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Almost a quarter of Sibelius’s songs are settings of Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877), the great Finnish poet writing in Swedish, and without doubt Sibelius’s favourite poet. The Opus 13 settings are all Runeberg and they come from the early 1890s: indeed, they were announced in the press as early as 1892, the same year in which he had scored his breakthrough with the Kullervo Symphony. Under strandens granar (‘Under the fir trees’) was written on his honeymoon at Monola in Lake Pielsjärvi in the summer of 1892. Runeberg’s poem has something of the spirit of a folk-ballad: it tells how a watersprite seduces a handsome youth by assuming various disguises. Sibelius’s setting makes use of some freely-conceived recitative and the piano texture is obviously conceived in orchestral terms.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

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