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Grieg: Songs - Katarina Karneus, Julius Drake

Grieg: Songs - Katarina Karneus, Julius Drake

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Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano) & Julius Drake (piano)

“The Swedish mezzo has illustrious rivals but delights in Grieg's tuneful songs… in Haugtussa. Karnéus and Julius Drake are all over the imagery, scenery and sexuality of Garborg's verse novel in thrilling and well worked detail.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

“Anne Sofie von Otter's Grieg recital for DG (see above) did much to encourage singers outside Scandinavia to bring back to the concert platform – and the public again to listen to – songs which their great-grandparents knew well but their parents had almost forgotten. Now another front-ranking Swedish mezzo-soprano has recorded core components of the Grieg song repertoire. Like her compatriot, Katarina Karnéus includes the Op 67 'Mountain Maid' cycle, the Ibsen settings, the six German lyrics of Op 48 and the early Hans Christian Andersen 'Melodies of the Heart', adding, suitably, the less well known 'The Princess' to words by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
Compare Karnéus, von Otter and Kirsten Flagstad (one of at least three recordings) in Haugtussa.
Karnéus and Julius Drake are all over the imagery, scenery and sexuality of Garborg's verse novel in thrilling and well worked detail. Flagstad may appear at first hearing to be limiting herself to heroic declamation and her pianist (regular collaborator Edwin McArthur) just mapping out the written notes, but her sheer joy in singing her own language, and the subtlety of her pointing of the text (a half-smile, a raised eyebrow) and cunning use of her large voice make their own points.
Von Otter has something of both sides – a weightier tone and more reserve than Karnéus but a much wider colour range than Flagstad chooses to deploy – and Bengt Forsberg is a magician in these accompaniments.
Elsewhere the Karnéus performances are good and lively in the Scandinavian lyrics (a passionate 'Jeg elsker dig', a good range of moods in the Ibsen settings), more formal in the German settings.
All Saints Church in Finchley, north London, sounds especially resonant here, not everywhere an advantage in such text-oriented settings. Lots to enjoy and celebrate then, but don't ignore the competition.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 20101.

Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 25: En svane 2. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 25: Stambogsrim 3. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 25: Med en vandlilje 4. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 25: Borte! 5. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 25: En fuglevise 6. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48: Dereinst, Gedanke mein 7. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48: Lauf der Welt 8. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48: Die verschwiegene Nachtigall 9. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48: Zur Rosenzeit 10. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48: Ein Traum 11. Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 67: Det syng 12. Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 67: Elsk 13. Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 67: Killingdans 14. Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 67: Vond Dag 15. Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid), song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 67: Ved Gjætle-Bekken 16. Hjertets melodier (Melodies of the Heart) (4) for voice & piano, Op. 5: En Digters Bryst 17. Hjertets melodier (Melodies of the Heart) (4) for voice & piano, Op. 5: Jeg elsker Dig 18. Prinsessen (The Princess), song for voice & piano, EG 133