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Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.6

Composer Edvard Grieg
Performer Monica Groop
Roger Vignoles
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1657 CD
EAN 7318590016572
Format CD
Release date Sep 2007
Total time 62'49

Grieg dedicated his Nine Songs, Op.18, to his wife Nina, but she actually exerted – as Grieg himself admitted – a great influence on his entire song production. Asked why the art song occupied him so much Grieg once said: ‘Quite simply because, like other mortals, once in my life (to quote Goethe) I had a flash of genius … I fell in love with a young girl with a miraculous voice and an equally miraculous execution. This girl became my wife and has remained my companion in life to the present day. For me she has become – and I dare to say this – the only true interpreter of my songs.’ 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, whether settings of poems in German or in Norwegian, and whether typical examples of the continental Lied or the kind of adaptations of Norwegian folk music that Grieg excelled at. This has also been recognised by the reviewers, for instance in Gramophone, whose critic wrote of Volume 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’ 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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  Edvard Grieg
  Norge. Digte af John Paulsen, Op.58 13'25
01 I. Hjemkomst (Homeward) 3'19
02 II. Til Norge (To the Motherland) 1'14
03 III. Henrik Wergeland 3'35
04 IV. Turisten (The Sheperdess) 1'51
05 V. Udvandreren (The Emigrant) 3'26
  Romancer og Sange (Nine Songs), Op.18 20'35
06 I. Vandring i Skoven (Moonlit Forest) 1'50
07 II. Hun er saa hvid (My Darling is as White as Snow) 1'24
08 III. En Digters sidste Sang (The Poet’s Farewell) 2'12
09 IV. Efteraarsstormen (Autumn Storms) 3'26
10 V. Poesien (Poesy) 3'41
11 VI. Ungbirken (The Young Birch-Tree) 1'49
12 VII. Hytten (The Cottage) 1'23
13 VIII. Rosenknoppen (The Rosebud) 2'05
14 IX. Serenade til Welhaven (Serenade for Welhaven) 2'45
  Elegiske Digte af John Paulsen, Op.59 10'58
15 I. Når jeg vil dø (Autumn Farewell) 1'51
16 II. På Norges nøgne fjelde (The Pine Tree) 1'31
17 III. Til En I (To Her [I]) 2'04
18 IV. Til En II (To Her [II]) 1'43
19 V. Farvel (Goodbye) 1'56
20 VI. Nu hviler du i jorden (Your Eyes Are Closed Forever) 1'53
  Five Songs without opus number 14'33
21 Soldaten (The Soldier), EG125 2'08
22 Taaren (Tears), EG128 2'34
23 Vesle Gut (Little Lad), EG129 2'26
24 Fædrelandssang (National Song), EG151 3'58
25 Gentlemen-Menige (Gentlemen-Rankers), EG156 3'27
  Album total 62'49
ComposerGrieg, Edvard
Mezzo-sopranoGroop, Monica
PianoVignoles, Roger

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