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Grieg: Songs / Bodil Arnesen, Erling Ragner Eriksen


Release Date: 03/18/1997 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553781   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar EriksenBodil Arnesen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though Anne Sofie von Otter’s Gramophone Award-winning disc remains the clear choice for a single record devoted to Grieg’s songs, this new one runs it close. Bodil Arnesen is a young lyric soprano with just the right freshness for these open-air songs (as so many of them are) of spring and hope. She is entirely firm, has a healthy glow on the upper notes, shows a nice feeling for nuance, and knows how to make the voice smile. Some limitation is felt in the few darker songs, such as the second of Op. 48, “Dareinst, Gedanke mein”, which von Otter takes at a slower pace, introducing an unearthly pallor into the tone, and providing a more weighty reminder of the link back to Schubert’s Wanderers Nachtlied and forward to Strauss’s Ruhe, meine Read more Seele. Then in the next song, “Lauf der Welt”, von Otter has a style at once bolder and more confiding: she communicates as though to a larger audience and so on a bigger scale, enlarging what one might call the vocal gestures of intimacy to match. Yet for home-listening, especially if you are playing at a good volume, I’m not sure that such large expressiveness isn’t just a little overwhelming: certainly the return, from that, to the soprano’s relatively miniaturist style is no hardship.

The choice of songs is fine, so too the programming, in which the sequence (not chronological) is sensible and satisfying. For a proper conspectus of Grieg’s songs it is necessary to have the Haugtussa cycle, which von Otter includes and Arnesen does not; there is compensation, however, in the charming Bjornson settings (Op. 21), the two songs of Solveig, and others such as The Princess and “With a primrose” which are among the best of all. Erling Eriksen accompanies sympathetically, the balance of voice and piano is well judged and the booklet provides useful and attractive companionship.

-- Gramophone [5/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (5), Op. 26: no 1, Hope by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
2.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
3.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 1, Two brown eyes by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
4.
Songs (4), Op. 21 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870-1872; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
5.
The princess, EG 133 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
6.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
7.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
8.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 23, Solvejg's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
9.
Songs (6), Op. 48 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
10.
Romances (4), Op. 15: no 1, Margaret's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
11.
Songs (5), Op. 26: no 2, I wandered one lovely summer's eve by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 26: no 4, With a primrose by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
13.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
14.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 3, Upon the grassy slope by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
15.
Elegiac Songs (6), Op. 59: no 4, To the one (2) by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
16.
Songs (5), Op. 60: no 3, While I wait by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 49: no 6, Spring showers by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
19.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 9, At Rundarne by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Bodil Arnesen (Soprano), Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 6, A birdsong by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Erling Ragnar Eriksen (Piano), Bodil Arnesen (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 

Sound Samples

5 Songs (5 Digte), Op. 26: Fem digte, Op. 26: I. Et Hab (Hope)
Melodies of the Heart, Op. 5: III. Jeg elsker Dig (I Love but Thee)
Melodies of the Heart, Op. 5: I. To brune Ojne (Two Brown Eyes)
4 Songs from The Fisher Maiden, Op. 21: I. Det forste Mode (The First Meeting)
4 Songs from The Fisher Maiden, Op. 21: II. God Morgen! (Good Morning!)
4 Songs from The Fisher Maiden, Op. 21: III. Jeg giver mit digt til varen (To Springtime My Song I'm Singing)
4 Songs from The Fisher Maiden, Op. 21: IV. Tak for dit Rad (Say What You Will)
Klavierstucke nach eigenen Liedern, Op. 41: Prinsessen (The Princess), EG 133
Romancer, Op. 39: I. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio)
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: XIX. Solveigs Sang (Solveig's Song)
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: XXVI. Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song)
6 Songs, Op. 48: I. Gruss (Greeting)
6 Songs, Op. 48: II. Dereinst, Gedanke mein (One Day, O Heart of Mine)
6 Songs, Op. 48: III. Lauf der Welt (The Way of the World)
6 Songs, Op. 48: IV. Die verschwiegene Nachtigall (The Nightingale's Secret)
6 Songs, Op. 48: V. Zur Rosenzeit (The Time of Roses)
6 Songs, Op. 48: VI. Ein Traum (A Dream)
Romancer, Op. 15: 4 Songs, Op. 15: No. 1. Margretes Vuggesang (Margaret's Cradle Song)
5 Songs (5 Digte), Op. 26: II. Jeg reiste en deiling Sommerkvaeld (I Walked One Balmy Summer Eve)
5 Songs (5 Digte), Op. 26: IV. Med en Primula veris (The First Primrose)
12 Melodies, Op. 33: 12 Songs, Op. 33: No. 2. Varen (Last Spring)
Romancer, Op. 39: Romancer , Op. 39: III. I Liden hojt deroppe (Upon a Grassy Hillside)
Elegiske Digte af John Paulsen (Elegiac Songs by John Paulsen), Op. 59: Elegiske digte , Op. 59: IV. Til En. II (To Her)
Digte, Op. 60: III. Mens jeg venter (On the Water)
6 Poems, Op. 25: No. 2. En svane (A Swan)
6 Digte, Op 49: Seks digte, Op 49: VI. Foraarsregn (Spring Showers)
12 Melodies, Op. 33: 12 Songs, Op. 33: No. 9. Ved Rondane (At Rondane)
6 Poems, Op. 25: No. 6. En fuglevise (A Birdsong)

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