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A Simple Song / Otter, Forsberg


Release Date: 01/04/2019 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2327  
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinAaron CoplandCharles IvesGustav Mahler,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterBengt Forsberg
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A brief glance at the list of contents is enough to reveal who the singer is – only Anne Sofie von Otter could have come up with a programme as varied and wide-ranging. And only von Otter could hold it together seamlessly by finding the resonances between these very different pieces, and bringing them out with a rare ability of embracing different singing styles and expressive registers: to paraphrase Bernstein in his A Simple Song, Anne Sofie von Otter never fails to ‘sing like she likes to sing’. From Liszt to Pärt and from Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony to Richard Rodgers’ Sound of Music, von Otter is supported by her long-time accompanist Bengt Forsberg, here at the organ instead of his usual piano. At various points in the Read more programme they are joined by a number of musical friends, in the organ loft of St James’s Church in central Stockholm – the very church where the young von Otter began her singing career as a chorister and, together with Forsberg, gave one of her very first public concerts.

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REVIEW:

A Simple Song’ is a thoughtful, even challenging recital, given extra colour by the fact that Forsberg, her longtime song partner, here swaps his piano for the organ of the Stockholm church where the young von Otter started singing as a teen. This is a delightful, surprising and thought-provoking programme – difficult to classify, perhaps, but very easy to enjoy.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass: A Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
2.
Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 10, I've heard an organ talk sometimes by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
3.
Serenity by Charles Ives
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
4.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 5th movement, Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
5.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection": 4th movement, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
6.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Written: 1895 
7.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
8.
My Heart's in Highlands by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
9.
Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Paris, France 
10.
Mélodies (3) by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
11.
Priez pour paix by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
12.
Requiem: Agnus Dei by Frank Martin
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
13.
Es Sang vor Langen Jahren by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Estonia 
14.
Sposalizio by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
15.
The Sound of Music: Climb ev'ry mountain by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 

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