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Grieg: Songs / Katarina Karnéus, Julius Drake

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (4), Op. 21
>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (6), Op. 48
>Grieg, Edvard : Haugtussa, Op. 67
>Grieg, Edvard : Heart's melodies, Op. 5
>Grieg, Edvard : The princess, EG 133
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Notes & Reviews:

We are delighted to present this new Hyperion disc of Edward Grieg songs. Grieg's sheer range as a songwriter - from the shortest settings of his 'Melodies of the Heart', Op. 5, folk-like and immediate, to the depth of distinctive inspiration that runs through every bar of the cycle 'Haugtussa' - places him without question among the finest masters of the genre. One of the miracles of nineteenth-century Lieder, 'Haugtussa' is often regarded as Grieg's masterpiece. It is certainly one of the greatest works ever written for the female voice, revealing the composer at the very height of his powers.

'Swedish mezzo Katarina Karnéus is as eloquent and impassioned an advocate of Grieg as she was of Sibelius in her first recital for Hyperion. Her flavoursome voice can soar and flare thrillingly ... Karnéus is a singer of natural warmth and spontaneity who possesses what Grieg called the gift of 'reading between the lines' and 'interpreting a half-told tale' ... A glorious disc' (Daily Telegraph)

'Karneus is a near-ideal interpreter, with her velvety mezzo and bright communicative skills. Some favourites are here - A Swan, With a Water-lily, The Way of the World and I Love You - and the quality of the songs is consistently high. A lovely disc' (Sunday Times)

'In the mezzo-soprano of Katarina Karnéus, Hautgassa becomes a darkly erotic tale ... Julius Drake provides the watery undercurrents for Karnéus's eloquent 'En svane' and 'Med en vandlilje'. Their partnership is vividly alive ... with the timbre of Karnéus's mezzo particularly moving in the grief-stricken dying falls of Goethe's 'Zur Rosenzeit'' (BBC Music Magazine)

'It is Karneus's ability to characterize a song quite as much as the beauty of her singing that makes this CD so rewarding' (International Record Review)

'This is a strong collection of some of Grieg's best songs, clearly sung with love and a strong emotional commitment... Julius Drake... plays with imagination, rhythmic vitality, and great sensitivity' (Fanfare, USA)

'Karnéus' rich timbre, full-bodied sound, and her dramatic flair, her emotional involvement born of a clear understanding of every word she sings... We simply need to get to know this music better, and thanks to Karnéus' generously filled recital, we now have another first-rate avenue to help us get there. Highly recommended!' (ClassicsToday.com, USA)

'The Mountain Maid is indeed one of the finest song cycles by any composer' (Liverpool Daily Post)



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Works Details

>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (4), Op. 21
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (12/12/2007-12/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (6), Op. 48
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (12/12/2007-12/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Haugtussa, Op. 67
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (12/12/2007-12/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Grieg, Edvard : Heart's melodies, Op. 5
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (12/12/2007-12/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Grieg, Edvard : The princess, EG 133
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (12/12/2007-12/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871