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Voices of Women: Contemporary Norwegian Vocal Works / Bettina Smith, mzz.; Einar Røttingen, piano

Album Summary

>Valen, Fartein : Gedichte von Goethe, for voice & piano, Op. 6
>Stalheim, Jostein : Ophelia Scene, for mezzo-soprano & piano
>Valen, Fartein : Gedichte von Goethe (2), for voice & piano, Op. 7
>Hvoslef, Ketil : From the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, for mezzo-soprano & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Voices of Women is the second CD release by the duo of mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith and pianist Einar Røttingen. The recording highlights women's voices in world literature: Goethe's female characters "Mignon" and "Suleika," Shakespeare's "Ophelia," and the gospel according to Mary Magdalene. The musicians have placed their focus on contemporary Norwegian music composed for voice and piano, and two of the works were written especially for them.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This fascinating program explores famous female literary figures (Suleika, Ophelia, Mignon, and Mary Magdalene) in music by Norwegian composers for voice and piano. I like the new colors and winding lines this kind of writing creates, and the pieces are all imaginative. Smith's voice is perfectly suited to the demands of this repertoire; she has a terrific line and an incredible variety of color in her instrument. She's not afraid to take risks and is a terrific storyteller, even in extraordinarily difficult music. Rottingen's playing is absolutely clear; he skillfully leads the listener through even the most difficult passages. Texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (04/23/2012-02/27/2014).



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Works Details

>Valen, Fartein : Gedichte von Goethe, for voice & piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Einar Rottingen (Piano); Bettina Smith
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (04/23/2012-04/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stalheim, Jostein : Ophelia Scene, for mezzo-soprano & piano
  • Performers: Einar Rottingen (Piano); Bettina Smith
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (04/23/2012-04/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Valen, Fartein : Gedichte von Goethe (2), for voice & piano, Op. 7
  • Performers: Einar Rottingen (Piano); Bettina Smith
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (04/23/2012-04/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hvoslef, Ketil : From the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, for mezzo-soprano & piano
  • Performers: Einar Rottingen (Piano); Bettina Smith
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (04/23/2012-04/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary