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Den första kyssen, Op 37 No 1
First line:
På silvermolnets kant satt aftonstjärnan
1900; written for Ida Ekman
author of text

'Sibelius: Songs' (CDH55471)
Sibelius: Songs
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Den första kyssen, Op 37 No 1
The Opus 37 set includes two Runeberg settings: Den första kyssen (‘The first kiss’) and Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (‘The girl returned from meeting her lover’), sometimes known as ‘The tryst’. As usual when he is setting Runeberg, the musical language is direct and concentrates on line with a generally functional piano accompaniment providing harmonic support. Den första kyssen was written for Ida Ekman, the mother of his first biographer, Karl Ekman, and an eloquent interpreter of his songs. (It was she who, accompanied by Hanslick, sang one of his songs to Brahms in 1895.) The song, incidentally, comes from 1900, not 1898 as listed in Ekman, Solanterä and the earlier editions of my own Master Musicians monograph.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55471 track 11
Recording date
28 June 2001
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Sibelius: Songs (CDA67318)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: April 2002
    Deletion date: April 2012
    Superseded by CDH55471
  2. Sibelius: Songs (CDH55471)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: December 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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