The Dark Night Has Vanished: Songs by Grieg, Brahms, Lang & Schumann | Linn CKD637

The Dark Night Has Vanished: Songs by Grieg, Brahms, Lang & Schumann


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD637

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th February 2021



Catriona Morison (mezzo-soprano)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)


Catriona Morison (mezzo-soprano)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)


This spellbinding recital marks the Linn debut of Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison, winner of the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and joint winner of the Song Prize. Favourites by Romantic heavyweights Brahms, Grieg and Schumann feature alongside Lieder by the German composer Josephine Lang, whose prodigious songwriting talent was nurtured by none other than Felix Mendelssohn. Lang’s unpublished setting of Gestern und Heute is given its world-premiere performance on this recording. Her distinctive style reveals an imaginative composer with a rich harmonic palette whose significant contribution to nineteenth-century German song deserves greater recognition.

Morison, who is described by The Guardian as ‘a singer of much character [and] real musical intelligence’, joins luminaries such as Florian Boesch, Ann Murray and John Mark Ainsley, all of whom have also recorded with pianist Malcolm Martineau at Crear’s ‘Space to Create’. In addition to making her debut solo recording 2019 saw Morison make her BBC Proms debut (in Elgar’s Sea Pictures) and marked the end of her appointment as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.


[Morison’s] is a voice of many colours, wielded with innate musicianship and sensitivity across its considerable range. Sometimes she’s a soaring soprano, pinging the top notes with ease; elsewhere she’s a dusky mezzo, coated in velvet. Whatever the tone, whatever the repertoire (Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and the lesser-known Josephine Lang), you want to keep listening...
The Times

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