Grieg - Songs Vol.6
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Cat No: BISCD1657
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th October 2007
WorksFaedrelandssang (National Song), EG151
Gentlemen-menige (Gentlemen Rankers), EG156
Soldaten (The Soldier), EG125
Songs (4), op.18
Songs (6), op.59
Taaren (Tears), EG128
Vesle gut (Little Lad), EG129
ArtistsMonica Groop (mezzo-soprano)
Roger Vignoles (piano)
For a modern day audience, the art of Nina Grieg is sadly not possible to sample – but that of Monica Groop is. On five previous volumes she has given proof of her versatility and her ability to bring Grieg’s songs to life. This has also been recognised by the reviewers, for instance in Gramophone, whose critic wrote of Vol. 5: “Groop knows precisely how far to take her vocal characterization of the many forlorn lovers – and the even more numerous dramatic turns in the weather – and does a nice line in male seducers. Vignoles’s bright, direct and alert playing feels totally idiomatic.”
The preceding volume received similarly high praise in BBC Music Magazine: “The distinctive artistry of the Finnish mezzo-soprano is providing an irresistible new take, thrilling to both the shadows and the bright high-latitude light in this music.”
On the present disc, all lyrics are either in Norwegian or Danish (by, among others, H. C. Andersen) and many of them deal with the eternal subject of love. Others are results of the burgeoning national spirit that filled the not yet independent Norway during Grieg’s lifetime, and to which he contributed so much.
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