Notes & Reviews:
The songs of Jean Sibelius are a treasure trove and 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. On this mid-priced reissue, the delightful Swedish soprano Katarina Karnéus, winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, captures the spirit of these works perfectly.