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A Summer's Day / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg

Von Offer / Forsberg / Zetterstrom
Release Date: 06/19/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1867  
Composer:  Franz BerwaldErik Gustaf GeijerAdolf Fredrik LindbladJohan August Söderman
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterBengt ForsbergFredrik Zetterström
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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A SUMMER’S DAY: SWEDISH ROMANTIC SONGS Anne Sofie von Otter (mez); Bengt Forsberg (pn) BIS SACD 1867(SACD: 74:50 Text and Translation)


Songs by BERWALD, GEIJER, LINDBLAD, SÖDERMAN


Although seldom heard outside of their native land, Swedish songs from the Romantic era are quite attractive works that do not compare badly with their far better known German counterparts. The main difference between the two is that Swedish Read more songs remained far more grounded in native folk songs, and thus tend to be simpler in structure and harmony. Most of them were intended to be popular or semi-popular music, suited to the home parlor rather than the public concert hall.


This recital presents 32 songs by a quartet of leading Swedish Lieder composers: four by Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783–1847), six by Franz Adolf Berwald (1796–1868), 13 by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad (1801–78), and nine by August Söderman (1832–76). Geijer composed only as an occasional avocation, as he was primarily a historian and poet, though he also exercised considerable influence in Sweden in the fields of philosophy and theology. Ordained a clergyman in the state Lutheran Church, he also served several terms as rector of Uppsala University and was a member of the Swedish Parliament. Berwald is of course the best known Swedish composer from before the 20th century. A child prodigy on the violin, he had a difficult personality that easily alienated others, and both he and his music were regarded as eccentric. For some years he made his living first as an orthopedic surgeon and later as the manager of a glass mill and saw factory. Few of his works were performed in his lifetime, with belated recognition beginning to occur only after 1862. Lindblad studied in Germany and composed some 215 songs. Originally he was inclined toward more innovative compositional techniques, but after a public controversy broke out over what many considered his excessive harmonic boldness (he was publicly defended by Spohr), he retreated into private life and the Lieder he subsequently wrote were all cast in a much more conservative, popular vein. Söderman was the son of a director of several musical theaters in Stockholm. After studying briefly in Leipzig with Hans Richter, he returned to Sweden, where like his father he became a director of a music theater. In addition to about 65 songs, he wrote incidental music to over 60 plays, plus several operettas.


Anne Sofie von Otter had just turned 55 when these songs were recorded in 2010; most singers should sound even half so good at her age. Yes, there is a now a spread in the vibrato in her upper register, but not so bad yet as to be distracting and make listening intolerable; the lovely timbre of her voice remains completely intact, without a hint of dryness. We are all most fortunate to have such a distinguished interpreter of Lieder devoting herself to this repertoire as an obvious labor of love. There is not an inflection of meaning that she misses, and Bengt Forsberg is her gifted and fully supportive accompanist. Except for complete steadiness in Otter’s top notes, there is not a thing here that one could wish to be improved. The recorded sound is warm and spacious; full Swedish-English texts are provided. Strongly recommended to all lovers of romantic Lieder.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
En parcourant les doux climats by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
2.
Skärslipargossen by Erik Gustaf Geijer
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Nattviolen by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
4.
Söderman by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
5.
Aftonen, for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Der schlummernde Amor, song for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Man tro? Jo jo!, for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Svanvits sang, for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Varning, song for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
Frieriet, for 2 voices & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (), Fredrik Zetterström ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
På gamla dagar, for 2 voices & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (), Fredrik Zetterström ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12.
Vaggvisa, song for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
13.
Blomplockerskan, for voice & piano by Erik Gustaf Geijer
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Gräl och allt väl, for voice & piano by Erik Gustaf Geijer
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Min politik, for voice & piano by Erik Gustaf Geijer
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
16.
En sommardag, for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
17.
Gubben vid vägen, song for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
18.
En ung flickas morgonbetraktelse, for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
19.
Bröllopsfärden, for voice & piano by Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20.
Romance (Jag minnes dig), for voice & piano by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
21.
Lebt wohl ihr Berge, for voice & piano by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
22.
Traum, for voice & piano by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
23.
A votre âge, for voice & piano by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
24.
Den 4 Juli 1844 (Konung Oscar!), for voice & piano by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
25.
Jungfrun i rosengård, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
26.
Jungfrun i det gröna, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
27.
Synden, doden, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
28.
Ich hab' im Traum geweinet, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
29.
Um wunderschönen Monat Mai, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
30.
Flickan i skogen, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
31.
Ballade, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
32.
Serenad, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
33.
Majvisa, for voice & piano by Johan August Söderman
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Nyborkajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Lovely music February 25, 2013 By Michael Y. (Columbia, MO) See All My Reviews "This is the third in Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg's recorded survey of Swedish songs; the first two, "Wings in the Night" and "Watercolors", both for DG and concentrating on late 19C/early 20C music, were critical successes. For the third installment, von Otter and Forsberg turn to earlier composers, most active in the early nineteenth century. Franz Berwald is the name here, but all of the music is richly melodic and approachable, much of it reminiscent of Schumann or Mendelssohn Lieder. Adolf Fredrik Lindblad's gift for tunefulness is especially apparent. Von Otter, now into the fourth decade of her career, sounds a little frayed here and there, but the voice is still quite appealing and her gift for sculpting musical lines expressively is vividly evident. Two of the Lindblad Lieder are actually duets with baritone Fredrik Zetterström. A very enjoyable CD." Report Abuse
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