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Susanna Wallumrod/Jane Achtman/Giovanna Pessi/Marco Ambrosini: If Grief Could Wait

Track List

>Plaint, The
>Who by Fire
>If Grief has any Pow'r to Kill
>Forester, The
>A New Ground
>You Know Who I Am
>O Solitude
>Which Will
>A New Scotch Tune
>Music For a While
>A New Scotch Tune
>An Evening Hymn

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The Independent
Bare-bones settings of songs by Henry Purcell sit next to reworkings of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, with the spectral sounds of viola da gamba and the hurdy gurdy-like nyckelharpa (a Swedish "keyed fiddle") added to Pessi's virtuoso accompaniment. It's beguiling, slightly monotonous, but very effective.

The Times
Here's something quirky and moderately enchanting: a Norwegian singer mixes Purcell's songs with equally love-torn ditties from three centuries later. Wallumr°d treats Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake as she does their 17th-century forerunner: with the melancholic addition of viola da gamba, nyckelharpa and Baroque harp, and a folksong vocal style.

Album Notes

Recording information: Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano (11/2010).

Photographers: Daniel Vass; Catherine Peillon; Andreas Ulvo.


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