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Sa Tag Mit Hjerte

Nielsen / Strauss / Schubert / Kiberg / Lonskov
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: 685   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Enrique GranadosCarl NielsenRued LanggaardPeter E. Lange-Müller,   ... 
Performer:  Tove LonskovTina Kiberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delectable recital.

The first Caballé recording that I bought, back in the 1960s, was a collection of Granados songs (with orchestra). I was totally enchanted – by the songs as well as the singing. Since then I have often come back to these songs and heard them in many versions. However good the readings have been I have always returned to Caballé. The first love is always difficult to separate from. On this very mixed recital Tina Kiberg opens with four of these Tonadillas and memories of Caballé are again evoked. Naturally Kiberg has quite a different voice type, having since her debut at Det Konglige Teater (The Royal Theatre) in Copenhagen in 1983, steadily developed towards the
Read more dramatic Fach. Today Brünnhilde, Isolde and Elektra are her bread and butter. Such a diet can easily damage the voice, but there are few signs of wear and tear: a slightly widened vibrato is present but pretty unobtrusive. The other side of the coin is far more important. Kiberg boasts brilliant and beautiful fortes, a fine sense for softer nuance and good legato. We hear an experienced singer who can communicate.

After the delightful Granados songs we are served a substantial helping of Danish songs. Carl Nielsen is represented. He is internationally known as one of the great 20 th century symphonists but in his native land he is remembered just as much for his many songs, many of which were memorably recorded by Aksel Schiøtz in the 1930s and 1940s. They gave the Danish people a national identity during the Nazi occupation. We more or less take Nielsen for granted in this genre – at least in Scandinavia – but there are other gems. One of the finest is no doubt Lange-Müller’s Aakande (By the Side of the Brook), where the singer meditates on why the flowers along the brook close at night. Do they sink down to the land of dreams? Skin ud, Du klare Solskin! (Shine, you bright Sunshine!) is another melodic gem. Lange-Müller is very much the great song composer the Danish have kept to themselves, whereas Nielsen at least occasionally can be heard abroad.

Leo Estvad was a multi-artist, best known as author and painter but Det er igen den fine lyse nat (It’s again the nice, light night) is a truly beautiful and simple picture of Nordic nature. Coincidentally I typed this review just before midnight on 21 June, the night that is the lightest of the year and even in central Sweden it is possible to read the headlines of the local paper at midnight. Above the Arctic Circle the sun never sets during those summer weeks. Estvad paints this in beautiful colours and more of the same is to follow: simple, beautiful, melodious songs that can’t fail to make an impact on everyone – well, bar those with hearts of stone. Carl Mortensen’s Sov, mit Barn, sov laenge (Sleep, my Child, sleep long) goes directly to my shortlist of beautiful songs for late night listening! Open your heart, dear reader, and fill it with this song’s warmth and unaffected sentiment.

While most of these songs may be a well hidden Danish secret, the folk song I Skovens dybe, stille Ro (In the deep, still Calm of the Woods) is well known in the rest of Scandinavia. Tina Kiberg sings it exquisitely.

Moving across Öresund we can also savour Hugo Alfvén’s Så tag mit hjerte (So take my heart), still with one leg in Denmark since the poem is Danish. This late composition by the doyen of Swedish national romantic composers was also a favourite with Jussi Björling. We don’t need to make comparisons. Tina Kiberg has her own integrity and sings it with great feeling.

There is an old tradition of Allsång (community singing) in Sweden and one of the most popular TV programmes for many summers has been Allsång på Skansen. Skansen is an outdoor museum where there is also a big open-air stage. Jussi Björling appeared there many times before audiences of 20,000 listeners. Every week people gather there to listen and take part in the singing and on such occasions Bengt Ahlfors’ Har du visor min vän is very popular. The message of the song is: You have to sing your songs while you can. Tomorrow it may be too late ... Tina Kiberg sings it a cappella and this is the most moving rendition of the song I’ve heard. It goes direct to your heart.

Ture Rangström was one of the most prolific Swedish song composers of the 20 th century, and beside Strindberg, his favourite poet was Bo Bergman. The two songs here were both composed in 1924 and rank among the best.

The folk song Uti vår hage (Out in our grove), where the unknown poet lists several flowers and berries, is said to be a secret recipe for a concoction that, ages ago was thought to be abortive for young girls who had become pregnant. It is best known in Hugo Alfvén’s arrangements for nixed choir or male choir, but in the olden days it was no doubt sung by a solo voice. Tina Kiberg sings it simply and beautifully with excellent Swedish diction.

Internationally Gösta Nystroem, who like Hugo Alfvén and Leo Estvad was also a painter, is best known for his Sinfonia del Mare from the mid-1940s. There he employed poems by Ebba Lindqvist and a few years later, in 1952, he returned to her poetry for the song-cycle Själ och Landskap (Soul and Landscape), which also has references to the sea. These are deeply intense songs with a rather bold harmonic language. The postlude to the cycle is a graphic illustration of the sea.

For the finale of this delectable recital we leave the Nordic landscape for the Central European art song tradition – though it should be said that Nystroem’s music is more French-oriented than characteristically Nordic. With all respect for Tina Kiberg’s well conceived and insightful readings of Schubert, it is the Strauss songs that make the deepest impression. Where in Schubert one all the time feels that this is an older woman trying to sound youthful, her Elektra-voice is better attuned to Strauss. Allerseelen, one of my absolute favourites in the Strauss oeuvre, is sung with inward glow. In Morgen she scales down her dramatic voice even further and her excellent accompanist really makes the silences speak. An exuberant Zueignung is a worthy encore to this admirable recital, superbly recorded.

The song texts can be found on Danacord’s homepage but the address didn’t work for me, so I had to go Danacord’s catalogue. There I could access the catalogue in numeric order and then scroll down to 685, where the Danish/Swedish texts and the English summaries are on separate documents. The liner-notes are in Danish only which may reduce the international appeal. This is a pity, since the songs and the music-making are on a truly high level.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Colección de tonadillas: no 6, El majo timido by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 7, El tra-la-la y el punteado by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 9b, La maja dolorosa II "¡Ay! majo de mi vida" by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 3, El majo discreto by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Songs (6), FS 18/Op. 10: no 1, Apple blossom by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Denmark 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Songs (6), FS 18/Op. 10: no 3, Summer Song by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Denmark 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Study after nature, FS 82 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Denmark 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Flower Vignettes, Set 2, BVN 424: no 2, Aakande by Rued Langgaard
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Skin ud, du Klare Solskin (Bright Sunshine), Op. 18/4 by Peter E. Lange-Müller
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Det er igen den fine lyse nat (The Bright Evening), folk song setting for voice & piano by Leo Estvad
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Hist, hvor vejen slar en bugt (Where the Road Sharply Turns), song by Johann Christian Gebauer
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
12.
Sov, mit barn, sov længe (Sleep, My Child), song for voice & piano by Carl Mortensen
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
I skovens dybe stille ro (In the Quiet of the Forest), folk song by Traditional
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
14.
Har du visor min vän? (Have You Songs, My Friend?), song for voice & piano by Bengt Ahlfors
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Vinden och Trädet by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Sweden 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Uti vår hage (Out in the Meadows) (folk song) by Traditional
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17.
Själ och landskap (Nya sånger vid havet) by Gösta Nystroem
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1950 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
19.
Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
20.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
21.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
22.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
23.
Natten er sa stille by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Classical 
Written: 1841; Denmark 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
24.
Saa tag mit Hjerte (Take my heart), for voice & piano (or orchestra), R203 by Hugo Alfvén
Performer:  Tove Lonskov (Piano), Tina Kiberg ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1946; Sweden 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
25.
Ballads (5): no 3, Pan by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (), Tove Lonskov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Sweden 
Venue:  Bagsværd kirke 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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