Anne Sofie von Otter sings Sibelius


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Anne Sofie von Otter sings Sibelius



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1st Oct 1995




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Anne Sofie von Otter sings Sibelius


Den judiska flickans sång (from Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51)


Six Songs, Op. 50

Six Songs, Op. 90

The Wood-Nymph (Skogsrået), Op. 15

En visa


Tanken (duet)

with Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano)

Seven Runeberg Songs, Op. 13

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano)



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Jean Sibelius: 7 Songs, Op. 13

I. Under strandens granar (Under the Fir-Trees)

II. Kyssens hopp (The Kiss´s Hope)

III. Hjartats morgon (The Heart´s Morning)

IV. Varen flyktar hastigt (Spring Flies Speedily)

V. Drommen (The Dream)

VI. Till Frigga (To Frigga)

VII. Jagargossen (The Young Huntsman)

Jean Sibelius: 6 Songs, Op. 50

I. Lenzgesang (Spring Song)

II. Sehnsucht (Longing)

III. Im Feld ein Mädchen singt (In the Field a Maid Sings)

IV. Aus banger Brust (From Anxious Heart)

V. Die stille Stadt (The Silent City)

VI. Rosenlied (Song of the Roses)

Jean Sibelius: 6 Songs, Op. 90

I. Norden (The North)

II. Hennes budskap (Her Message)

III. Morgonen (The Morning)

IV. Fagelfangaren (The Bird-Catcher)

V. Sommarnatten (Summer Night)

VI. Vem styrde hit din vag? (Who Brought You Hither?)

Jean Sibelius: The Wood Nymph, Op. 15

Skogsraet (The Wood Nymph)

Jean Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51

Incidental Music to Belshazzar's Feast: Den judiska flickans song (The Jewish Girl´s Song), Op. 51

Jean Sibelius: Resemblance

Likhet (Alikeness)

Jean Sibelius: A Song, JS 71

En visa (A Song), JS 71

Jean Sibelius: Serenad, JS 167

Serenad (Serenade), JS 167

Jean Sibelius: Tanken (The Thought)

Tanken (The Thought)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The vast majority of Sibelius's songs are in Swedish, the language with which he grew up as a child, and here they're given by a distinguished native Swedish partnership. The Seven Songs, Op 13, are all Runeberg settings and come from the composer's early years (1891-2). Best known, perhaps, are 'Spring is flying' and 'The dream', but there are others, such as 'The young hunter', that are no less delightful and characterful.
The other Runeberg settings here, the Six Songs, Op 90, come towards the end of Sibelius's career as a song composer (1917-18). 'The north', as in all the nature poetry of Runeberg, touches a very special vein of inspiration. Along with 'Die stille Nacht', Op 50 No 5, which is equally affectingly given by these two artists – it's among his finest songs. Interest naturally focuses on the rarities.
The Wood Nymph, not to be confused with the melodrama or the tone-poem, is recorded here for the first time. As well as A Song, there are two other early Runeberg settings, the 1888 Serenade and Resemblance, both of them also premiere recordings. 'The Jewish Girl's Song' will be familiar from the incidental music to Belshazzar'sFeast, and is affecting in this form – particularly sung as it is here. Given the artistry and insight of this splendid partnership, and the interest and beauty of the repertoire, this is a self-recommending issue.”

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