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Folksongs / Von Otter, Forsberg


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463479   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Percy Aldridge GraingerZoltán KodályAntonín DvorákLars-Erik Larsson,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterBengt Forsberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Art pays tribute to Nature; civilisation acknowledges the primitive, but sophisticates whatever it touches. That has to be accepted as axiomatic in approaching any collection of this kind. DvoHk evokes the gipsies but his grand piano keeps them at a safe distance; Reynaldo Hahn fashions his blissful souvenirs of Venice but with the cushioned sensuality of the well-educated tourist; Britten seeks the troubled soul of the French peasant, and finds there his own. Even so, a number of the settings here might be said (depending on the point of view) to 'let well alone'. The small group of Swedish songs, quiet, short and simple, provides good examples, charming in both arrangement and performance. The four by Percy Grainger also have close Read more contact with their origins. Perhaps most successful of all in the welding (or melding) of art and nature are Kodaly's. It is impossible for a listener who knows nothing of the language to judge properly, but the feeling they give is of a convincing fusion, the folk element being the composer's relish, and his accompaniments, inventive as they are, of the same flesh and blood.

The devotion of both performers is evident in all things. The singer appears to have mastered the texts in all six languages, and with such thoroughness that she can concentrate freely on verbal and musical expression. The pianist, a full partner, is responsive and alert in every detail... [T]his is a recital with a character of its own, full of life and interest, imaginative in conception and richly accomplished in performance.

-- Gramophone [8/2000]

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Apart from a somewhat misleading title to the disc, Anne Sofie Von Otter's latest musical exploration is a total success. Dvo?ák and Hahn are basically themselves, while Kodály and Grainger lave added their own idiosyncratic accompaniments to folk songs noted down in the field. The remaining selections fall in between these poles. Curiously, we have Britten in French, Hahn in Venetian dialect, and Dvo?ák in the German translation made by the composer himself. Von Otter is of course an accomplished linguist, so that even Hungarian seems to pose no problems. Dvo?ák Gypsy Songs as well as Britten's French Folksong Arrangements are given in their entirety, the Gypsy element in the Dvo?ák often to the fore in this interpretation, though the once overfamiliar "Songs My Mother Taught Me" exercises its usual emotional grip. Reynaldo Hahn's re-creation of Venice possesses all the charm associated with the composer, but there is also a bite that the singer does not neglect. Grainger's fieldwork speaks directly to us, as there is no language barrier, while Kodály's paprika-laden interpretation of the Hungarian idiom is caught to perfection by Bengt Forsberg, von Otter's longtime companion in the world of song. The Swedish songs by Larsson and Gunnar Hahn reflect the two poles of inspiration, respectively indirect and direct.

-- Joel Kasow, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sprig of thyme by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907/1920; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Died for love by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
British Waterside by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Pretty Maid Milkin' her Cow by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 50, Drinking wine on Sunday by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 57, Let no-one's bride bewail by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 55, Beneath the Csitár Hills by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55/B 104 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Songs (12): Watercolor by Lars-Erik Larsson
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
A Song from Lapland by Gunnar Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Venezia: no 1, Sopra l'aqua indormenzada by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 5, Apró alma lehullott a sárba by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 
13.
Folksongs (8), Vol 2 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 21 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Venezia: no 2, La barcheta by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
Venezia: no 3, L'avertimento by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
16.
Venezia: no 4, La biondina in gondoleta by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17.
Venezia: no 5, Che pecŕ! by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
18.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 27, A Little Sad Song by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
19.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 30, Kitty and Johnny by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
20.
Hungarian Folk Music: no 48, Hey, the price of wine from Mohouce Hill by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21.
Songs (12): The box painter by Lars-Erik Larsson
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
22.
Songs (12): The girl with the divining herb by Lars-Erik Larsson
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 1. Mein Lied ertönt
Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 2. Ei, wie mein Triangel
Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 3. Rings ist der Wald so stumm
Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 4. Als die alte Mutter
Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 5. Reingestimmt die Saiten
Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 6. In dem weiten, breiten, lüft'gen Leinenkleide
Ciganské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - sung in German: 7. Darf des Falken Schwinge
The Sprig of Thyme
Died for Love
British Waterside (or The Jolly Sailor)
The Pretty Maid milkin' her cow
12 visör: Akvarell
12 visör: Kistemalaren
12 visör: Flickan med Kyrkroten
Visa fran Lappland
Venezia - Chansons en dialecte venetien: 1. Sopra l'acqua indormenzada (Pietro Pagello)
Venezia - Chansons en dialecte venetien: 2. La Barcheta (Pietro Buratti)
Venezia - Chansons en dialecte venetien: 3. L'avertimento (Pietro Buratti)
Venezia - Chansons en dialecte venetien: 4. La Biondina in Gondoleta (Antonio Lamberti)
Venezia - Chansons en dialecte venetien: 5. Che pecŕ (Francesco dall'Ongaro)
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 5. From the tree an apple fell Apró alma lehullott a sárba
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 50. Sit and drink all Sunday Vasárnap bort inni
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 27. A Little Sad Song Ifjúság mint sólyommadár
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 57. The young wife Ne búsuljon senki menyecskéje
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 30. Kitty and Johnny Szölöhegyen keresztül
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 48. Hey! The wine of Mohi vintage Hej, a mohi hegy borának
Hungarian Folk Music 62 Settings: 55. From distant mountains A csitári hegyek alatt
Folksong Arrangements - France: 1. La Noel passée
Folksong Arrangements - France: 2. Voici le Printemps
Folksong Arrangements - France: 3. Fileuse
Folksong Arrangements - France: 4. Le roi s'en va-t'en chasse
Folksong Arrangements - France: 5. La belle est au jardin d'amour
Folksong Arrangements - France: 6. Il est quelqu'un sur terre
Folksong Arrangements - France: 7. Eho! Eho!
Folksong Arrangements - France: 8. Quand j'étais chez mon pčre

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