A Simple Song / Otter, Forsberg

Release Date: 1/4/2019
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2327
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A brief glance at the list of contents is enough to reveal who the singer is – only Anne Sofie von Otter could have come up with a programme as varied and wide-ranging. And only von Otter could hold it together seamlessly by finding the resonances between these very different pieces, and bringing them out with a rare ability of embracing different singing styles and expressive registers: to paraphrase Bernstein in his A Simple Song, Anne Sofie von Otter never fails to ‘sing like she likes to sing’. From Liszt to Pärt and from Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony to Richard Rodgers’ Sound of Music, von Otter is supported by her long-time accompanist Bengt Forsberg, here at the organ instead of his usual piano. At various points in the programme they are joined by a number of musical friends, in the organ loft of St James’s Church in central Stockholm – the very church where the young von Otter began her singing career as a chorister and, together with Forsberg, gave one of her very first public concerts.

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REVIEW:

A Simple Song’ is a thoughtful, even challenging recital, given extra colour by the fact that Forsberg, her longtime song partner, here swaps his piano for the organ of the Stockholm church where the young von Otter started singing as a teen. This is a delightful, surprising and thought-provoking programme – difficult to classify, perhaps, but very easy to enjoy.

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Works on This Recording
1. Mass: A Simple Song by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
1. Requiem: Agnus Dei by Frank Martin
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Organ), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
2. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 10, I've heard an organ talk sometimes by Aaron Copland
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949-1950 ; USA
3. Serenity by Charles Ives
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919 ; USA
4. Symphony no 3 in D minor: 5th movement, Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893-1896 ; Hamburg, Germany
5. Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection": 4th movement, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888/1896 ; Germany
6. Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Written: 1895 ;
7. Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Germany
8. My Heart's in Highlands by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2000 ;
9. Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu by Maurice Duruflé
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; Paris, France
10. Mélodies (3) by Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; France
11. Priez pour paix by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; France
12. Es Sang vor Langen Jahren by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; Estonia
13. Sposalizio by Franz Liszt
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
14. The Sound of Music: Climb ev'ry mountain by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
15. The Sound of Music: Climb ev'ry mountain by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
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