Sibelius - Songs | Hyperion - Helios CDH55471

Sibelius - Songs

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55471

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th November 2013

Contents

Works

Sibelius, Jean

Belshazzar's Feast: Suite, op.51
» Den judiska flickans sang
Songs (5), op.37
Songs (6), op.36
Songs (6), op.50
Songs (6), op.90
» no.1 Norden
» no.6 Vem styrde hit din vag?
Songs (7), op.13
» no.1 Under strandens granar
» no.4 Varen flyktar hastigt (Spring is flying)
Songs (7), op.17
» no.6 Illalle (To evening)
Songs (8), op.57
» no.5 Jag ar ett trad
» no.8 Nacken

Artists

Katarina Karneus (mezzo-soprano)
Julius Drake (piano)

Works

Sibelius, Jean

Belshazzar's Feast: Suite, op.51
» Den judiska flickans sang
Songs (5), op.37
Songs (6), op.36
Songs (6), op.50
Songs (6), op.90
» no.1 Norden
» no.6 Vem styrde hit din vag?
Songs (7), op.13
» no.1 Under strandens granar
» no.4 Varen flyktar hastigt (Spring is flying)
Songs (7), op.17
» no.6 Illalle (To evening)
Songs (8), op.57
» no.5 Jag ar ett trad
» no.8 Nacken

Artists

Katarina Karneus (mezzo-soprano)
Julius Drake (piano)

About

Robert Layton, who has provided the booklet notes for this album, describes the treasure-trove of Sibelius’s songs as one of music’s best-kept secrets. The composer wrote a surprisingly large number of songs throughout his life, and anybody who responds to the Nordic spirit and subject-matter of the symphonies and other orchestral music will find much to please them here.

They are tuneful, passionate and evocative of the northern latitudes. Virtually all of them are in Swedish which, although he was Finnish, was Sibelius’s first language, but the Opus 50 set is in German.
 
There are no fewer than seven settings of the composer’s favourite poet of the northern landscapes, Johan Runeberg, including two of Sibelius’s best-known songs, ‘The tryst’ and ‘The first kiss’.

Our singer is the delightful Swedish soprano Katarina Karnéus, sometime winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

BBC Music Magazine Pick of the Month · The Daily Telegraph Best of the Year · The Sunday Times Best of the Year
‘Inspired performances … it is a magic partnership, giving fresh insights in every song’ - The Guardian

Highly recommended to lovers of Sibelius’s music who, like me, were unaware of this treasure’ - The Sunday Times

If you want a single disc to demonstrate the richness and variety of Sibelius’s songs, you will not do better than this. Karnéus’s voice is glorious’ - The Daily Telegraph

A wonderful, thoroughly recommendable album … this disc receives my highest recommendation’ - Fanfare, USA

Compellingly shaped and hugely accomplished recital’ - BBC Music Magazine

Rich in variety and entirely satisfying as a recital’ - International Record Review

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