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Sibelius: Songs / Katarina Karneus, Julius Drake

Sibelius / Karneus / Drake
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55471  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius DrakeKatarina Karnéus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Layton, who has provided the booklet notes for this album, describes the treasure-trove of Sibelius's songs as one of music's best-kept secrets. The composer wrote a surprisingly large number of songs throughout his life, and anybody who responds to the Nordic spirit and subject-matter of the symphonies and other orchestral music will find much to please them here. They are tuneful, passionate and evocative of the northern latitudes. Virtually all of them are in Swedish which, although he was Finnish, was Sibelius's first language, but the Opus 50 set is in German. There are no fewer than seven settings of the composer's favourite poet of the northern landscapes, Johan Runeberg, including two of Sibelius's best-known songs, 'The Read more tryst' and 'The first kiss'.

Our singer is the delightful Swedish soprano Katarina Karnéus, sometime winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 50 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Language: German 
2.
Songs (5), Op. 37 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1902; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 36 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
4.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 6, To evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
5.
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: no 3, The Jewish Girl's Song by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
6.
Josephson Songs (8), Op. 57: no 5, I am a tree by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
7.
Josephson Songs (8), Op. 57: no 8, The watersprite by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Katarina Karnéus (Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
8.
Runeberg Songs (6), Op. 90: no 6, Who has brought you here? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Katarina Karnéus (Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
9.
Runeberg Songs (6), Op. 90: no 1, North by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
10.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 4, Spring is flying by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
Language: Swedish 
11.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 1, Neath the fir trees by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Katarina Karnéus (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Language: Swedish 

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