Sibelius - Songs, Volume 2

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Sibelius - Songs, Volume 2

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BIS

Catalogue No:

BISCD657
(BIS-CD-657)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st March 1994

Barcode:

7318590006573

Length:

65 minutes

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Sibelius - Songs, Volume 2


Sibelius:

Sången om korsspindlen, Op. 27 No. 4 (from the incidental music to Adolf Paul's play King Christian II)

Five Christmas Songs, Op. 1

Eight Songs, Op. 57 (Text: Ernst Josephson)

Hymn to Thaïs (Text: Arthur H. Borgström)

Six Songs, Op. 72 (Songs Nos. I & II are lost)

Six Songs, Op. 86

Små flickorna (Text: Hjalmar Procopé)


Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano), Love Derwinger (piano)

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Jean Sibelius: King Kristian II, Op. 27

Kung Kristian II (King Christian II), Op. 27: Sangen om korsspindeln (Fool's Song of the Spider)

Jean Sibelius: 5 Christmas Songs, Op. 1

I. Nu star jul vid snoig port (Now Christmas stands at the snowy gate)

II. Nu sa kommer julen (Now Christmas is coming)

III. Det morknar ute (Outside it is getting dark)

IV. Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give me no splendour, gold or pomp)

V. On hanget korkeat, nietokset (High are the snowdrifts)

Jean Sibelius: 8 Songs, Op. 57

I. Alven och snigeln (The River and the Snail)

II. En blomma stod vid vagen (A Flower in the Path)

III. Kvarhjulet (The Millwheel)

IV. Maj (May)

V. Jag ar ett trad (The Tree)

VI. Hertig Magnus (Baron Magnus)

VII. Vanskapens blomma (The Flower of Friendship)

VIII. Nacken (The Elf King)

Jean Sibelius: Hymn to Thais, the Unforgettable, JS 97

Hymn to Thais, the Unforgettable, JS 97

Jean Sibelius: 6 Songs, Op. 72

III. Kyssen (The Kiss)

IV. Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph)

V. Der Wanderer und der Bach

VI. Hundra vagar har min tanke (A Hundred Ways)

Jean Sibelius: 6 Songs, Op. 86

I. Varfornimmelser (The Coming of Spring)

II. Langtan heter min arvedel (Vain longings are my heritage)

III. Dold Foreing (Hidden Union)

IV. Och finns det en tanke? (And is there a thought?)

V. Sangarlon (The Singer's Reward)

VI. I systrar, I broder, I alskande par (Ye sisters, ye brothers, ye loving couples!)

Jean Sibelius: Little Girls

Sma flickorna (Little Girls)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Monica Groop, following her success in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, has built up a busy career. Communication is her strength, and unevenness of line a relative weakness. Sibelius's songs are a rich and still undervalued part of the song repertoire. Still only four or five are really well known, and none of those is included here. Not all are of very special quality: the title is probably the best thing about the 'Fool's Song of the Spider' (from King Christian II), and the Hymnto Thaïs gains interest through being Sibelius's only song in English rather than through intrinsic merit. Yet there are many delights here, including the closing waltz-song, The small girls.
The acoustic is perhaps somewhat too reverberant but has plenty of presence.”

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