Let Beauty Awake / Nisbeth, Forsberg

Release Date: 8/4/2017
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2182
Number of Discs: 1

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SACD
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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianst and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience. The centrepiece of the disc is Benjamin Britten’s Third Suite for Cello, transcribed for viola by Ellen Nisbeth herself – composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, the suite is based on Russian themes which Britten only presents in full towards the end of the substantial work. The same method is used in Lachrymae, here in the original version for viola and piano, where John Dowland’s song If my complaints could passions move is presented in full at the very end of the piece.
Works on This Recording
1. Songs of travel: no 1, The vagabond by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901-1904 ; England
2. Romance for Viola and Piano by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
3. Songs of travel: no 2, Let beauty awake by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901-1904 ; England
4. Sonata for Viola and Piano by Rebecca Clarke
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Written: 1919 ;
5. Songs of travel: no 3, The roadside fire by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901-1904 ; England
6. Suite for Cello solo no 3, Op. 87 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972 ; England
7. Songs of travel: no 4, Youth and love by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
8. Lachrymae for Viola and Piano, Op. 48 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; England
9. Songs of travel: no 6, The infinite shining Heavens by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Ellen Nisbeth (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901-1904 ; England
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