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Sibelius: Songs / Kim Borg


Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000916802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusYrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Erik WerbaKim Borg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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This offers a direct line back to Sibelius. Kim Borg was not only the composer's contemporary and relative, he was his ardent champion. He was also one of the original setters of Sibelian song style. Flexibility abounds in this recital; at one moment, Borg's bass-baritone will be at its most mighty, muscular and hard as granite. At another, the voice will loosen, open up to let the emotions fly on the breath. If ever there was doubt as to the range of Sibelius's songs, Borg answered it. If ever there were questions as to whether he was a song composer of genius, Borg put paid to them. In fine sound, this disc makes a tremendously welcome return.

-- Gramophone [Awards Issue 2008]
This offers a direct line back to Sibelius. Kim Borg was not only the composer's contemporary and relative, he was his ardent champion. He was also one of the original setters of Sibelian song style. Flexibility abounds in this recital; at one moment, Borg's bass-baritone will be at its most mighty, muscular and hard as granite. At another, the voice will loosen, open up to let the emotions fly on the breath. If ever there was doubt as to the range of Sibelius's songs, Borg answered it. If ever there were questions as to whether he was a song composer of genius, Borg put paid to them. In fine sound, this disc makes a tremendously welcome return.

-- Gramophone [Awards Issue 2008]
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Works on This Recording

1. Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 5, The dream by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
2. Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 4, Spring is flying by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
3. Songs (7), Op. 17: no 3, Enticement by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
4. Songs (8), Op. 61: no 4, Romea by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Finland 
5. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 6, The diamond on the March snow by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
6. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
7. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 1, Black roses by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
8. Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 1, Come away, death by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
9. Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 2, When that I was and a little tiny boy by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
10. Les trois soeurs aveugles by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
11. Songs (6), Op. 50: no 3, Im Feld ein Mädchen singt by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
12. Songs (7), Op. 17: no 7, Driftwood by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
13. Songs (7), Op. 17: no 6, To evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
14. Swim, duck, swim by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
15. Finlandia, Op. 26: Hymn by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; Finland 
16. Reflections, Op. 33: no 3, Somett blommande mandelträd by Yrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Finland 
17. Reflections, Op. 33: no 4, Din mun är ljusare än min by Yrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Finland 
18. Reflections, Op. 33: no 7, Om tiotusen är by Yrjö Kilpinen
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Kim Borg (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Finland 
19. Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 6, To Frigga by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1892; Finland 
20. Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 2, When that I was and a little tiny boy by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
21. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46: no 5, Three blind sisters by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
22. Swim, duck, swim by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
23. Finlandia, Op. 26: Finale by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kim Borg (Bass), Erik Werba (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 

Featured Sound Samples

Souda, souda, sinisorsa (Sibelius): (Swim, Duck, Swim)
Songs, op 17 (Sibelius): No 6: Om, kvällen, (Illalle) (To the Evening)

Sound Samples

Drömmen, Op.13, No.5
Våren flyktar hastigt, Op.13, No.4
Till Frigga, Op.13, No.6
Fagellek, Op.17, No.3
Romeo, Op.61, No.4
Diamanten på Marssnön (Diamond in the snow), Op.36, No.6
Säv, säv, susa, Op.36, No.4
Svarta Rosor, Op.36, No.1
Kom nu hit, död! (Come away, death!), Op.60, No.1
Hallila, uti storm och i regn (When that I was a little tiny boy), Op.60, No.2
Les trois soeurs aveugles, Op.46, No.5
Im Feld ein Mädchen singt, Op.50, No.3
Lastu lainehilla, Op.17, No.7
Om, kvällen, (Illalle) Op.17, No.6
Souda, souda, sinisorsa
Finlandia, Op.26, No.7
Som ett blommande mandelträd, Op.33, No.3
Din mun är ljusare än min, Op.33, No.4
Om tiotusen år, Op.33, No.7
Lastu lainehilla, Op.17, No.7
Om, kvällen, (Illalle) Op.17, No.6

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