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Kirsten Flagstad Edition - The Decca Recitals


Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001683102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerRichard WagnerJean SibeliusEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Kirsten FlagstadSigvart FotlandEdwin McArthur
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultHans KnappertsbuschOivin FjeldstadSir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

7 December 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Kirsten Flagstad. Born in Hamar, Norway, on 12 July 1895 Flagstad made her debut in Oslo in 1912 in D'Albert's Tiefland.

Flagstad's first appearance at Bayreuth in 1930 established her as one of the greatest Wagnerian sopranos of the 20th century. Her New York debut was as Sieglinde (Die Walküre) on February 2, 1935; Flagstad first appeared at Covent Garden on 18 May 1936 as Isolde. The world premiere of Richard Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder was given in London by Flagstad. Although Flagstad is most widely known for her Wagnerian roles she also recorded Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Gluck's Alceste for Decca, and it was in 1958 that she was persuaded to participate
Read more in the now legendary recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Solti when she sang the role of Fricka in Das Rheingold.

Flagstad was also much-admired as an interpreter of Lieder; this edition brings together Flagstad's complete Decca recitals made in the 1950s in a wide range of repertory that includes Brahms and Schubert, in addition to Grieg and Sibelius songs. She can be heard in several Wagner excerpts as well as the Wesendonk-Lieder.

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This ten-disc set features recordings made for Decca in the second half of the 1950s, the period that has been described as Kirsten Flagstad’s “Indian Summer”, after she had left EMI. Although this is not a comprehensive set of those Decca recordings - which include the complete Alceste and Das Rheingold - it is nevertheless a wonderful and important collection covering a wide variety of repertoire.
 
The set gets off to a fantastic start with the first two discs featuring Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (CD1) and extracts from Wagner operas (CD2). This is searingly beautiful, sensitive, radiant music-making, with superb atmosphere and feeling and excellent orchestral accompaniment. We move to Grieg for the third disc - a selection of songs. These are preceded by the rather maudlin song-cycle Haugtussa, which is strongly associated with Flagstad, who popularised it in the recital hall. The piano comes across as somewhat muffled, as if it has been placed too far back, although this is probably due to the recording style of the period. Certainly the recorded acoustic is typical of 1950s Decca recordings. This occlusion is also prevalent throughout the fifth and sixth discs. It is particularly noticeable in Erlkönig, which really calls out for a crisper, more immediate sound.
 
Disc four is of songs by Sibelius, Grieg, Eggen, Alnaes and Lie. These were recorded in the Kingsway Hall, so the sound is very different - both colder but more immediate - yet it again spotlights the voice. Flagstad’s higher notes seem to have more power and assurance than on the following disc - CD4 having been recorded in 1958 and 1959, while the recordings on CD5 date from 1956. The London Symphony Orchestra in the 1959 recording of the Eggen, Alnaes and Lie has a more focused sound than in the preceding Sibelius and Grieg, where the songs were recorded the previous year. Despite this, the Sibelius songs are utterly ravishing, and this recording is to be treasured. The works by Eggen, Alnaes and Lie are simple and strophic, extremely opulent in harmonic language and instrumentation and just a bit same-y and sweet in a slightly candy-floss-ish way.
 
Schubert and Brahms feature on the fifth disc, where the recordings amply capture the substance and richness of Flagstad’s voice. One issue that is noticeable here is that notes of F sharp and above are not as well-centred as the rest of the voice; the intonation and control not as secure as for lower notes. This is an issue on other discs, too - particularly Strauss’s Befreit on CD6 - although only for those recorded in the Decca studio and not those recorded, for example, at Kingsway Hall; perhaps she felt less at ease in the studio? Erlkönig was, for me, the highlight of this disc, despite the distanced piano, where, as previously mentioned, greater articulation is needed. Although Flagstad does not differentiate as much as other singers between the characters, the sense of hysteria she captures in the child’s last cries is terrifyingly intense, and the ending is deeply chilling and utterly gripping. That said, I did feel that Flagstad is here slightly let down by the pianist whose accompaniment is just a little too prosaic and lacking in atmosphere.
 
The sixth disc presents songs by Schumann, Wolf, Strauss and Sinding. The only issues here are the aforementioned higher note insecurity. Disc seven moves on to sacred songs by Mendelssohn, Gounod, Parry, Bortniansky and Liddle, with a couple of Christmas carols thrown in (Silent Night and O Come, all ye faithful). This disc is slightly less impressive than the preceding ones - Flagstad’s English is rather distorted. This is also an issue for the following disc where it is sometimes difficult to tell that Flagstad is singing in English. Examples can be found in Jesu, joy of man’s desiring and in the opening Hear my Prayer ... O for the wings of a dove where Flagstad is accompanied by an unidentified chorus. There the ensemble is rather poor and the sopranos wail. The balance between chorus and orchestra is also inappropriately biased towards the orchestra. The following disc is of extracts of Bach and Handel. The performances tend to be heavy and unleavened.
 
The final two discs are taken up with Norwegian hymns, some of these preceded by very brief organ preludes. Again, the recorded balance is odd; Flagstad is very closely miked, whilst the organ is distant. Another oddity is that no texts or translations are provided for the hymns - whilst all other texts have been usefully reproduced. The inclusion of the hymn discs is a nice touch, however, given that these are works with which Flagstad would have been familiar since her earliest days. She regularly sang them in concert performances held in churches in Norway during her last years.
 
The booklet notes comprise just a relatively short biography of Flagstad, track-listings and texts. There’s nothing about any of the composers, which is not a problem except in the case of the lesser-known ones, such as Lie, Eggen and Alnaes, about whom it would be interesting to have some background.
 
Despite the few issues outlined above, this is nevertheless a wonderful set, with some glorious performances - especially of the Sibelius, Mahler and Wagner.
 
-- Em Marshall-Luck , MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Lohengrin: Einsam in trüben Tagen "Elsa's dream" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Parsifal: Ich sah' das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 1, Come away, death by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
8.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 6, To evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
9.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 1, And I questioned them no further by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Finland 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 6, The diamond on the March snow by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 2, But my bird by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 1, Black roses by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
14.
Songs (5), Op. 38: no 2, on a balcony by the sea by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
15.
Songs (5), Op. 38: no 1, Autumn evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
16.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 5, Maiden's tryst by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 
17.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 4, Was it a dream? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
18.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 1, First kiss by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
19.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 4, Spring is flying by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
20.
Arioso, Op. 3 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Finland 
21.
Songs (5), Op. 60: no 5, And I will take a sweetheart by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
22.
Songs (4), Op. 21: no 3, I give my song to springtime by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
23.
Romances and Songs (9), Op. 18: no 4, Autumn storms by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Norway 
24.
Elegiac Songs (6), Op. 59: no 4, To the one (2) by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
25.
Elegiac Songs (6), Op. 59: no 3, To the one (1) by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
26.
Aere det evige forår i livet by Arne Eggen
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
27.
The Hundred Violins, Op. 42 no 2 by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Norway 
28.
February Morning by the Gulf, Op. 28 no 3 by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Norway 
29.
Nu brister alle de klöfter by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
30.
Vaarlaendsler by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
31.
Nykelen by Harald Lie
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
32.
Skinnveng-Brev by Harald Lie
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
33.
Die Walküre: Siegmund, sieh' auf mich "Todesverkündigung" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
34.
Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe sass hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
35.
Hear my prayer by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
36.
Saint Paul, Op. 36: Jerusalem, die du tödtest die Propheten by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
37.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
38.
Repentir "O Divine Redeemer" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
39.
Jerusalem by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; England 
40.
Jubilate by Dimitri Bortniansky
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
41.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
42.
Abide with me by Samuel Liddle
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: England 
43.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
44.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
45.
Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
46.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 12, Blute nur by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
47.
Semele, HWV 58: O Sleep, why dost thou leave me? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
48.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
49.
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; England 
50.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Dove sei, amato bene? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
51.
Radamisto, HWV 12: Sommi Dei by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
52.
Chandos Anthems: no 9, O praise the Lord, HWV 254 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; London, England 
53.
In glory of the heavens by Ludvig Lindeman
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
54.
Lord, hallowed be thy name by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
55.
Holy, holy, holy "NIcaea" by John Bacchus Dykes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; England 
56.
Love wells from God by H.S. Thomson
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
57.
Prelude "Lover den Herre" by Thomas Laub
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
58.
Care for me, O God of Grace by Ludvig Lindeman
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
59.
Lead, kindly light by Charles Purday
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
60.
Prelude "Gud signe vårt dyre fedreland" by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
61.
Prelude "Deilig er jorden" by Ludvig Nielsen
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
62.
God shall all things provide by L. M. Lindeman
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
63.
Nun danket by Johannes Crüger
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1647; Germany 
64.
Deep, still, strong, gentle by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
65.
A mighty fortress is our God by Eyvind Alnaes
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
66.
Easter Hymn by Ludvig Lindeman
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
67.
The pure and mighty flock by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
68.
Den signede dag som nu vi ser by C.F. Wayse
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
69.
Kvardagskristen vil eg vera by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
70.
Kirken den er et gammelt hus by L. M. Lindeman
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
71.
Oh Lord, thou art so great and strong by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
72.
Jeg Ser Deg O Guds Lam by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
73.
Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
74.
Ef Lyfter Upp Til Gud Min Song by Ferdinand Vogel
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
75.
Kjærlighet Fra Gud by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
76.
Sions Vekter Hever Rösten by Philipp Nicolai
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
77.
På Gud Alene by H. O. C. Zinck
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
78.
Jesus Di Söte Forening by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
79.
Alltid Fredig Når Du Går by C.F. Wayse
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
80.
Av Höyheten Opprunnen Er by Philipp Nicolai
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
81.
Min Sjel, Min Sjel, Love Herren by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
82.
Overmåde Fullt Av Nåde by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
83.
Ett Er Nödig, Dette Ene by Adam Krieger
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
84.
Fred Til Bot For Bittert Savn by Johan Peter E. Hartmann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
85.
Jesus Dine Dype Kunder by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
86.
I Denne Verdens Sorger Senkt by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
87.
Mitt hjerte alltid vanker by Traditional
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Sigvart Fotland (Piano)
Written: Norway 
88.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
89.
Songs (7), Op. 95: no 2, Bei dir sind meine Gedanken by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; Austria 
90.
Songs (6), Op. 7: no 1, Treue Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Germany 
91.
Songs (5), Op. 72: no 1, Alte Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Austria 
92.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 1, Am Sonntag Morgen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1868; Austria 
93.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
94.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
95.
Songs (4), Op. 96: no 2, Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
96.
Serious Songs (4), Op. 121 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
97.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
98.
Des Mädchens Klage no 2, D 191/Op. 58 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
99.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
100.
Dem Unendlichen, D 291 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
101.
Am Grabe Anselmos, D 504/Op. 6 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
102.
Romances and Ballades iv, Op. 64: no 1, Die Soldatenbraut by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
103.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 7, Die Lotosblume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
104.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
105.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 26, Zum Schluss by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
106.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
107.
Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 1, In der Fremde by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
108.
Lieder und Gesänge ii, Op. 51: no 5, Liebeslied by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
109.
Gedichte (7), Op. 90: no 2, Meine Rose by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
110.
Gedichte (12), Op. 35: no 4, Erstes Grün by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
111.
Mörike Lieder: no 46, Gesang Weylas by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
112.
Mörike Lieder: no 28, Gebet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
113.
über Nacht by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Edwin McArthur (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Der Engel
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Stehe still
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Im Treibhaus
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Schmerzen
Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice: Träume
Kindertotenlieder: Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n
Kindertotenlieder: Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
Kindertotenlieder: Wenn dein Mütterlein
Kindertotenlieder: Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
Kindertotenlieder: In diesem Wetter
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Ging heut' morgen übers Feld
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
Die Walküre - Erster Aufzug: "Der Männer Sippe saß hier im Saal"
Die Walküre - Erster Aufzug: Du bist der Lenz
Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" - Zweiter Aufzug: Szene 4: "Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!"
Lohengrin - Act 1: "Einsam in trüben Tagen"
Parsifal - Act 2: "Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust"
Götterdämmerung - Dritter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" - Dritter Aufzug: "Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort"

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