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Diamonds In The Snow - Nordic Songs / Bonney, Pappano


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466762   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegJean SibeliusWilhelm StenhammarHugo Alfvén,   ... 
Performer:  Barbara BonneyAntonio Pappano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's always reassuring to be reminded that the most fundamental of human arts hasn't been entirely abandoned to a squelching fate, squirming in the clutches of today's pop, rock, and rap--or in the hands of former, suddenly culcha'd rock stars or Broadway tunesmiths who long for opera credibility. The lovely, light-voiced, Barbara Bonney, who knows the ways of lyricism, nuance, and the long, shapely line brings her intelligence and seemingly effortless technique (that is, you don't notice it) to these rarely heard but profoundly appealing "Nordic" songs (all of which she sings in their original language). Grieg can be merely crafty and clever, shamelessly schmaltzy, or unequivocally exquisite. Examples of all of these appear on Read more this program; however, in the latter category are "En svane" (A Swan, from Op. 25) and "Die verschwiegene Nachtigal (The nightingale's not telling)--and any of the other five songs that make up the Op. 48 set. If you've never heard these pieces, or if it's been a while since you listened to them, they're well worth a lingering visit.

The Sibelius songs mostly prove that his true genius was in symphonic writing, but "Säv, säv, susa" (Sigh, rushes, sigh) is a gem--a marvelous bit of Sibelian impressionism that effectively tells a story and paints a scene, all in the space of two and a half minutes. Stenhammar's style seems a bit quaint and labored, his accompaniments not very interesting. The two Alfvén songs are sweetly tuneful and Romantic, and Sjöberg's "Tonerna" is a heartfelt homage to music itself. The real praise must go to Bonney, for even with the less sophisticated material, she lends eloquence without ever overstating the songs' inherent art-worthiness. She is an outstanding artist whose success here is ably abetted by her very musical, scrupulously attentive accompanist, Antonio Pappano. [1/21/2000]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
2.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
3.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 4, With a waterlily by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
5.
The princess, EG 133 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
7.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 48 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 6, The diamond on the March snow by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
10.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 4, Astray by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 4, Was it a dream? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 5, Maiden's tryst by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
14.
Swedish Songs (4), Op. 16: no 4, Fylgia by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
15.
I skogen by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
16.
Saa tag mit hjerte, R 203 by Hugo Alfvén
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
17.
The forest is asleep by Hugo Alfvén
Performer:  Antonio Pappano (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
18.
Ur Idyll och epigram av J. L. Runeberg, Op 4b: no 1, Flickan kom ifrĺn sin älsklings möte by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
19.
Songs (5) of Bo Bergman, Op. 20: no 5, Adagio by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
20.
One Folk, Op. 22: no 2, Sverige by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
21.
Tonerna by Carl Sjöberg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Reitstadel, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
22.
Koskimies by Carl Sjöberg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Sweden 

Sound Samples

Vĺren (Last Spring), Op.33, No.2
"Jeg elsker dig" (I love thee), Op.5, No.3
Peer Gynt, Op.23: Solveig's song
Med en Vandilje (With a waterlily), Op.25, No.4
Prinsessen (The princess)
En Svane (A Swan), Op.25, No.2
Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio), Op.39, No.1
Sechs Lieder, Op.48: Gruß, Op.48/1
Sechs Lieder, Op.48: Dereinst, Gedanke mein, Op.48/2
Sechs Lieder, Op.48: Lauf der Welt, Op.48/3
Sechs Lieder, Op.48: Die verschwiegene Nachtigall,Op.48/4
Sechs Lieder, Op.48: Zur Rosenzeit, Op.48/5
Sechs Lieder, Op.48: Ein Traum, Op.48/6
Diamanten pĺ Marssnön (Diamond in the snow), Op.36, No.6
Vilse (Lost in the Forest), Op.17/4
Säv, säv, susa, Op.36, No.4
Var det en drom? (Was it a dream?), Op.37, No.4
Flickan kom ifran sin äsklings möte (The Tryst), Op.37, No.5
Flickan kom ifrĺn sin älsklings möte (The Tryst), Op.4b, No.1
Adagio, Op.20, No.5
Sverige (Sweden), Op.22, No.2
Fylgia, Op.16, No.4
I skogen (In the Woods)
Sĺ tag mit hjerte (So takes my heart)
Skogen sover (The forest sleeps), Op.28, No.6
Tonerna (Music)

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