Otto Mortensen - Songs

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Otto Mortensen - Songs



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27th Oct 2008




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Otto Mortensen - Songs

Mortensen, O:

Danmark, nu blunder den lyse nat

Du danske sommer, jeg elsker dig

Signorina, tag mine roser

Sommerstorm over Ebeltoft



Tidligt forår




Til våren

Det eviga

Det regnar


Det är vackrast när det skymmer

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Adventures of Isabel

Laugh and Be Merry

En sommer over væggen




Du gav os de blomster

Septembers himmel er så blå

Min skat

Signe Asmussen (soprano), Jakob Næslund Madsen (tenor) & Christen Stubbe Teglbjærg (piano)



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Otto Mortensen (1907-86) was one of the finest Danish song composers of the 20th century. His output ranges from simple songs, intended for everyman to sing, to more challenging art songs. He has written or arranged many songs for choir, and it is not for nothing that he is one of the favourite composers of Danish choirs.

Mortensen also wrote a number of chamber music works, a symphony and a few other large instrumental works, but vocal music was undoubtedly the genre closest to his heart. For his songs, Mortensen’s choice of texts is characteristic of his fondness for Danish nature poetry, especially by modern Danish poets; even when he was occasionally inspired by Nordic or English texts, they were also often about nature. This is true of the great majority of the poems on this recording.

These miniature musical gems are here presented by alternating female and male solo voice with piano accompaniment.

Signe Asmussen trained as a soloist at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. She has made a name as an interpreter of Lieder, as an oratorio soloist and a chamber musician. A member for many years of ensembles like Ars Nova Copenhagen, she has recorded many CDs and given a wealth of concerts all over the world. Jakob Næslund Madsen is also a sought-after oratorio soloist; as such he has appeared with all the Danish regional orchestras, and with several Baroque ensembles including Concerto Copenhagen.

Otto Mortensen: 10 Danske sange (10 Danish Songs)

No. 1. Danmark, nu blunder den lyse nat (Denmark, the Pale Summer Night now)

No. 2. Du danske sommer, jeg elsker dig (Oh Danish Summer, I Love You)

No. 3. Signorina! Tag mine roser! (Signorina! Take My Roses!)

No. 4. Sommerstorm over Ebeltoft (Summer Storm over Ebeltoft)

No. 5. Aftenlandskab (Evening Landscape)

No. 6. Varvejr (Spring Weather)

No. 7. Tidligt forar (Early Spring)

No. 8. Sommernat (Summernight)

No. 9. Normandiet (Normandy)

Otto Mortensen: 10 Sange af nordiske digtere

No. 1. Koretur (A Drive)

No. 2. Til varen (To Spring)

No. 3. Det eviga (The Eternal)

No. 4. Det regnar (It Rains)

No. 5. Vinternatt (Winter Night)

No. 6. Det ar vackrast nar det skymmer (It is never more Beautiful than at Dusk)

Otto Mortensen: 4 Songs

4 Songs: Da jeg standsed'ved skoven an aften men sne (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening)

Otto Mortensen: 3 Songs

No. 1. Isabels eventyrlige oplevelser (Adventures fo Isabel)

No. 2. Le og vaer muntre (Laugh and Be Merry)

Otto Mortensen: 7 sange (7 Songs)

No. 1. En sommer over vaeggen (One Summer, across the Wall)

No. 2. Forsommersang (A Song of Early Summer)

No. 3. Mirakler (Miracles)

No. 4. Bogfinken (The Chaffinch)

Otto Mortensen: Du gave os de blomster, som lyste imod os (You Gave Us the Flowers that Shone towards Us)

Du gave os de blomster, som lyste imod os (You Gave Us the Flowers that Shone towards Us)

Otto Mortensen: Septembers himmel er sa bla (So blue is the September sky)

Septembers himmel er sa bla (All Blue September's Sky)

Otto Mortensen: Min Skat. Hun er sod, hun er blod (My Sweetheart. She is neat, she is sweet)

Min skat (My Darling)

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