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Songs of Schubert, Sibelius & Grieg / Miah Persson, soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano

Audio Samples

>Schubert, Franz : Suleika no 1, D 720
>Schubert, Franz : Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Gesange (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
>Schubert, Franz : Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51
>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129
>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (6), Op. 48
>Sibelius, Jean : Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13
>Sibelius, Jean : The First Kiss (Den forste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
>Sibelius, Jean : Was it a dream? (Var det en drom), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4
>Sibelius, Jean : Säv, säv, susa
>Sibelius, Jean : Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The Maid Returned from Meeting her Lover), song for voice & pi
>Grieg, Edvard : Jeg elsker dig! (I Love Thee!), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Suleika no 1, D 720
>Schubert, Franz : Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3
>Schubert, Franz : Gesange (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
>Schubert, Franz : Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51
>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129
>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (6), Op. 48
>Sibelius, Jean : Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13
>Sibelius, Jean : The First Kiss (Den forste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
>Sibelius, Jean : Was it a dream? (Var det en drom), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4
>Sibelius, Jean : Säv, säv, susa
>Sibelius, Jean : Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The Maid Returned from Meeting her Lover), song for voice & pi
>Grieg, Edvard : Jeg elsker dig! (I Love Thee!), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3
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Notes & Reviews:

Famed for her highly intelligent performances and deep engagement with music, Swedish soprano Miah Persson is in great demand throughout the world. She returned to Wigmore Hall last February with internationally renowned accompanist Roger Vignoles to perform a wonderfully emotive and dramatic program.

Opening with some of the most celebrated Schubert Lieder, Persson revealed a refined interpretation of each song, searching deep within the texts to convey emotions from agony to ecstasy. With great passion, Persson then entered the Scandinavian sound world to complete her programme with Grieg's stormy Six Songs and a beautiful collection of Sibelius's most evocative settings.

HBDirect.com, June 2012
Swedish Soprano Miah Persson returned to Wigmore Hall last February with internationally renowned accompanist Roger Vignoles to perform a beautifully nuanced and emotionally charged program. Opening with a selection of the most celebrated Schubert Lieder, Persson gave a refined rendering of each song, searching deep within the texts to convey emotions from anguish to euphoria. Persson then moved into the Scandinavian sound world to complete her program with Grieg's stormy Six Songs in addition to a gorgeous assortment of Sibelius's most evocative settings. This is a recital that is not to be missed by any devotee of the art of the lied.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Persson is beautiful and so is her voice, so she starts with a big advantage. But that is only the start...I did find...that there was a danger of monotony, undercharacterisation and reliance on sheer undeniable vocal beauty. Roger Vignoles is an ideal accompanist, setting the mood with a few notes or chords.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
'Gretchen am Spinnrade' is a model of how a middle-weight voice can scale the song's peaks thanks to an inner conviction and trusting how the notes and words can shoulder the dramatic weight...So beautiful is her enunciation in the Swedish-language Sibelius songs that you could take phonetic dictation...The Grieg songs show signs of vocal tiring...In 'Die verschwiegene Nachtigall', though, one can hardly imagine a more alluring nightingale song.

International Record Review, September 2012
Persson clearly relishes the possibility of characterization particular songs...The voice is light and lyric throughout but there's power too when required, so the final lines of Du bist die Ruh are radiant...However - and this is possibly a subjective caveat - what Persson lacks is the kind of rounded warm tone and inner conviction that makes the best Schubert recitals so warmly satisfying...Hosford is the perfect partner up on the rock.

Sunday Times, 15th July 2012
A lovely, beautifully balanced recital...In an opening Schubert set, Persson, for all the natural brightness of her voice, achieves the right aching heaviness in Lied der Mignon, and a beguiling sense of gentle repose in Du bist die Ruh.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (02/16/2011).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Suleika no 1, D 720
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/1821.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 03/1821

>Schubert, Franz : Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/1826.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/1826

>Schubert, Franz : Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?1815.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?1815

>Schubert, Franz : Der Erlkönig, D 328
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/19/1814

>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano); Richard Hosford (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Grieg, Edvard : Songs (6), Op. 48
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1888

>Sibelius, Jean : Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Sibelius, Jean : The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Säv, säv, susa
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The Maid Returned from Meeting her Lover), song for voice & pi
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Jeg elsker dig! (I Love Thee!), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3
  • Performers: Roger Vignoles (Piano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864