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Sibelius: Songs Vol 3 / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg


Release Date: 11/21/1995 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 757   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterBengt ForsbergMonica Groop
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Bryn Terfel’s marvellous disc The Vagabond (DG, 1995) proved the English song repertoire every bit as good as the French, Spanish or Russian, then this revelatory recital does the same for the Swedish art-song. Written between 1884 and 1924, the 31 settings here embrace a range of styles and moods, from the folk themes of Peterson-Berger’s Marit’s Songs to the shimmering Romanticism of von Koch’s Exotic Songs; from the monumental drama of Rangström’s restless ‘Wings in the Night’ to the rapturous lyricism of Stenhammar’s Songs and Mood Pictures. What unites them is their vividness; even without a word of Swedish you know what they’re about. Yet again von Otter proves herself a supreme artist, her voice pure, full-bodied and Read more unconstrained. But more thrilling still is the way she communicates: you sense that every syllable has been considered for meaning and weight, but nothing is forced or studied, and the effect is beautiful and uplifting. These complex songs are also demanding of the pianist, and Bengt Forsberg proves her equal at the keyboard: infinitely responsive, and assertive but never dominating. They prove a scintillating combination once more on the latest volume of BIS’s complete Sibelius cycle. If their performance doesn’t have quite the magic that suffuses the Swedish songs, it’s a first-class recording nonetheless.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1892; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 20 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 50 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 14 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
3.
Runeberg Songs (6), Op. 90 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
4.
Wood nymph, Op. 15 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
5.
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: no 3, The Jewish Girl's Song by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
6.
Alikeness by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
7.
A Song by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
8.
Serenade by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
9.
The Thought by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Finland 
Venue:  Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 

Sound Samples

7 Songs, Op. 13: I. Under strandens granar (Under the Fir-Trees)
7 Songs, Op. 13: II. Kyssens hopp (The Kiss´s Hope)
7 Songs, Op. 13: III. Hjartats morgon (The Heart´s Morning)
7 Songs, Op. 13: IV. Varen flyktar hastigt (Spring Flies Speedily)
7 Songs, Op. 13: V. Drommen (The Dream)
7 Songs, Op. 13: VI. Till Frigga (To Frigga)
7 Songs, Op. 13: VII. Jagargossen (The Young Huntsman)
6 Songs, Op. 50: I. Lenzgesang (Spring Song)
6 Songs, Op. 50: II. Sehnsucht (Longing)
6 Songs, Op. 50: III. Im Feld ein Mädchen singt (In the Field a Maid Sings)
6 Songs, Op. 50: IV. Aus banger Brust (From Anxious Heart)
6 Songs, Op. 50: V. Die stille Stadt (The Silent City)
6 Songs, Op. 50: VI. Rosenlied (Song of the Roses)
6 Songs, Op. 90: I. Norden (The North)
6 Songs, Op. 90: II. Hennes budskap (Her Message)
6 Songs, Op. 90: III. Morgonen (The Morning)
6 Songs, Op. 90: IV. Fagelfangaren (The Bird-Catcher)
6 Songs, Op. 90: V. Sommarnatten (Summer Night)
6 Songs, Op. 90: VI. Vem styrde hit din vag? (Who Brought You Hither?)
The Wood Nymph, Op. 15: Skogsraet (The Wood Nymph)
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: Incidental Music to Belshazzar's Feast: Den judiska flickans song (The Jewish Girl´s Song), Op. 51
Resemblance: Likhet (Alikeness)
A Song, JS 71: En visa (A Song), JS 71
Serenad, JS 167: Serenad (Serenade), JS 167
Tanken (The Thought)

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