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Black Roses - Grieg, Nielsen, Rangstrom, Et Al / Kringelborn


Release Date: 07/11/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 5452732   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ture RangströmEdvard GriegJean SibeliusCarl Nielsen
Performer:  Malcolm MartineauSolveig Kringelborn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Grieg and Sibelius sets are decently represented on CD, particularly the obvious songs like “A swan” and “Black roses”, after which the whole disc is named. All the songs Rangstrom songs have been recorded at one time or another, though not all are currently available, and two of the six Nielsen, FS18 set are not easily come by. But any addition to the romans repertoire (the romans incidentally, is the Scandinavian equivalent of the German Lied or the French melodie) is welcome and one with as much charm as this, doubly so.

Kringelborn opens with the Rangstrom group – and with the haunting Runeberg setting, “The Only Moment” – and characterizes all of them with real sensitivity. There are, moreover, no current alternatives
Read more listed of the Strindberg setting, “Villemo” or “The girl under the New Moon”. Perhaps the singer does not bring as much character to “Prayer to the Night” as Elisabeth Soderstrom did in her heyday or as Anne Sofie von Otter does on her Gramophone Award-winning anthology, “Wings in the night” (DG, 5/96).

On home territory and Grieg, Kringelborn is very persuasive though the Sibelius set is not uniformly successful. She could, I think, have made more of the ending of “But my bird is long in homing”: Soderstrom’s “Tennis at Trianon” is more strongly projected. (When are Decca going to issue the Krause-Soderstrom set, 2/85, on CD?) “Black roses” comes off very well indeed. So, for the most part, do the Nielsen songs, except “Lake of memory”, where Kringelborn sounds a shade tentative – and slightly under the note.

Summing up, if I have any reservation, it is that Kringelborn tends to set greater store by a smooth legato and beauty of sound than dramatic character. Mind you, she has beauty of sound to set store by, and a pleasing vocal personality and there is so much that gives delight. I am lost in admiration for Malcolm Martineau’s accompanying throughout. He is wonderfully supportive and responsive to every change of mood, and the recording is absolutely first-class. Recommended

-- Robert Layton, GRAMOPHONE (11/1998)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Idyll: no 12, The last hours by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
2.
Flickan under nymanen by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
3.
The Dark Blossom: no 2, Supplication to night by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
4.
Melodi by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
5.
Villemo by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
6.
Ballads (5): no 3, Pan by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 25 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 36 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 
9.
Songs (6), FS 18/Op. 10 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Eiksvoll Church, Norway 

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