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Tenna Kraft - The Danish Soprano Of The 20th Century


Release Date: 03/01/2003 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: 603   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGiuseppe VerdiPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyPeter Heise,   ... 
Performer:  Tenna KraftVilhelm HeroldLouis JensenFolmer Jensen
Conductor:  Egisto TangoJohan Hye-KnudsenEmil Reesen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony OrchestraOrchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The most gifted Danish female singer of the 20th century, the lyric-dramatic soprano Tenna Fredericksen Kraft, was employed at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen from 1906 to 1939. According to conductor and musicologist Gerhard Schepelern, conductor Fritz Busch, when visiting Denmark in 1932 and hearing Tenna Kraft sing for the first time, is reported to have said, "How has it been possible to hide such an artist from Europe?" The explanation is that Tenna Kraft had never learned foreign languages. As was customary then, she sang all her parts in Danish. In addition, she experienced extreme stage fright which only grew worse over the course of time. Tenna Kraft's voice was a great soprano, rich in overtones, which could very easily carry Read more through choir and orchestra without losing its melodiousness. Thanks to a superb technique, she maintained the vigor of her voice and an exceptionally golden timbre all through her long career. Not only was she a great singer, she was also an outstanding actress. She had the gift for making the loving and suffering woman come alive. Many music critics have tried to express her talent in words. William Behrend comes closest. He stresses her versatility and continues: "Furthermore, her strangely vibrant mind, which manifested itself in a singing performance, far from all empty virtuosity, which captivated and fascinated her audience, not only by the pure and warm melodiousness of her voice, but by an almost nervous preoccupation with always performing in the most superior way as a singer and as an actor. You never listened to just the melodiousness of her voice, you followed her characters, even the minor ones, with keen attention and interest. Nothing greater can be said about a dramatic singer." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1911 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
2. La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano), Vilhelm Herold (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1913 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
3. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1913 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
4. La traviata: Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano), Vilhelm Herold (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1913 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
5. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1920 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
6. Ingeborg by Peter Heise
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1922 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
7. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
8. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
9. Tosca: Ora stammi a sentir by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
10. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
11. Leonora Christina: Full of sorrow, I went to bed by Siegfried Salomon
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
12. Leonora Christina: There are three cornerstones by Siegfried Salomon
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
13. Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Egisto Tango
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1934 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
14. Simple aveu, Op. 25 by Francis Thomé
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano), Louis Jensen (Cello)
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
15. Stances by Ange Flégier
Performer:  Louis Jensen (Cello), Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
16. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Johan Hye-Knudsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1934 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
17. Forest solitude by Peter Heise
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano), Folmer Jensen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
18. Happiness by Peter E. Lange-Müller
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano), Folmer Jensen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
19. To ma man vaere by Fini Henriques
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emil Reesen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
20. Where is my Sparkling Star by Henriette Rantzau
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emil Reesen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
21. Yonder in Distant Church Towers by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Tenna Kraft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emil Reesen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1838; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Danish 

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