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Lieder Mit Und Ohne Worte / Helene Wold, Vegard Lund

Wold / Lund
Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1011  
Composer:  Louis SpohrWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz SchubertAnton Diabelli,   ... 
Performer:  Vegard LundHelene Wold
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an attractive disc. Helene Wold and Vegard Lund have programmed a recording that might duplicate a recital where the singer occasionally takes a break and gives the guitarist a moment to shine. Nine of the 22 selections here are for guitar alone (the most impressive being Mauro Giuliani’s Variations on a Theme of Handel, brilliantly performed). The variety inherent in this approach is a valuable asset for the disc, particularly because soprano Wold does not have at her disposal a wide palette of colors. (Lund plays the mandolin in two Mozart songs.)

Wold does have a very pleasant lyric soprano voice, and while the basic color of the voice tends to stay within a narrow range, she compensates with a quite full arsenal
Read more of expressive gestures, sensitivity to dynamic shading, and a clear understanding of text and meaning. Wold and Lund are husband and wife, which may not always assure performers being on the same wavelength but seems to in this case. They have found a whole range of interesting, mostly offbeat repertoire, thrown in a few standards, and the result is a rather fascinating journey for the listener. The songs of Ludwig Spohr and of Anton Diabelli are nice discoveries, as are the instrumental works of Johann Kaspar Mertz.

LAWO is a relatively new Norwegian company that seems so far to focus on Scandinavian artists. It provides helpful notes, though they could be a bit more comprehensive, and full texts and translations. The recorded sound is excellent, finding the right balance between voice and guitar. For those interested in exploring something out of the ordinary and hearing a pair of fine artists present it, this can be warmly recommended.

-- Henry Fogel, Fanfare [7/2012]
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Works on This Recording

1.
German Songs (6), Op. 72: no 4, Beruhigung by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1826; Germany 
2.
German Songs (6), Op. 41: no 3, An Mignon by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
German Songs (6), Op. 37: no 4, Getrennte Liebe by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 
4.
Vergiss mein nicht, KAnh 246 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Notes: Arrangement: Anton Diabelli 
5.
Komm, liebe Zither, K 351 (367b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780-1781; Munich, Germany 
6.
Die Zufriedenheit, K 349 (367a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780-1781; Munich, Germany 
7.
Der Wanderer, D 489 (493a)/Op. 4 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Lob der Tränen, D 711 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Zum Nahmensfeste einer Schönen by Anton Diabelli
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
10.
Die Liebe, Op. 98 by Anton Diabelli
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
11.
Bardenklänge, Op. 13: Book 4, Liebeslied by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
12.
Bardenklänge, Op. 13: Mazurka by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
13.
Die entfernte Geliebte, Op. 98 by Anton Diabelli
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
14.
Bardenklänge, Op. 13: Book 3, An die Entfernte by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
15.
Bardenklänge, Op. 13: Scherzo by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
16.
Choix de mes fleurs chéries, Op. 46: no 9, Rose by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
17.
Lieder (6), Op. 89: no 6, An das Schicksal by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1817; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Choix de mes fleurs chéries, Op. 46: no 2, Le penser by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
19.
German Songs (6), Op. 72: no 6, Schlaflied by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Kassel, Germany 
20.
German Songs (6), Op. 37: no 6, Lied beim Rundetanz by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar), Helene Wold (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815 
21.
Variations for Guitar in A major on a theme by Handel, Op. 107 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Vegard Lund (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 

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