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King Harald's saga

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King Harald’s saga (1979) asks a lot of its soprano soloist (originally the intrepid Jane Manning). She has to sing every role, including duets and choruses, in a huge but brief grand opera about the Vikings, as retold in the 13th century Icelandic saga, Heimskringla. Whilst appearing in many exciting guises, she also presents her performance as a radio broadcast, giving helpful explanations of the opera’s three acts before leaping back into character.

from notes by Judith Weir © 2006


Weir: On buying a horse & other songs
SIGCD087Download only


No 1: Act I
Track 19 on SIGCD087 [4'19] Download only
No 2: Act II
Track 20 on SIGCD087 [3'22] Download only
No 3: Act III
Track 21 on SIGCD087 [4'34] Download only
No 4: Epilogue
Track 22 on SIGCD087 [1'30] Download only

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