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CHAN 10249
Scandinavian Songs

Scandinavian Songs

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2004

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Michael Schonwandt


Bo Skovhus

baritone

Venue:

Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen



Producer:

Chris Hazell



Engineer:

Jorn Jacobsen



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Choir

Total Time - 62:37
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Scandinavian Songs

 

WILHELM STENHAMMAR

(1871-1927)
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1 

Florez och Blanzeflor, Op. 3

7:47
  for Baritone Solo and Orchestra  
  Andante sostenuto - Andante moderato - Poco più mosso -  
2 

Ithaka, Op. 21

8:48
  for Baritone and Orchestra  
  Con moto - Tempo I, animato  
 

PETER HEISE

(1830-1879)
3 

Kongesönnes Romance af 'Tornerose'

2:09
  Moderato con anima - Vivo - Tempo I  
4 

Vaagn af din Slummer af 'Bertran de Born'

2:11
  A piacere - Con anima, ma non troppo presto  
 

PETER ERASMUS LANGE-MULLER

(1850-1926)
 

Sange ved Havet, Op. 54

7:02  
  for Baritone and Orchestra  
5 1 Snart er de lyse Nætters Tid forbi. 1:37
  Allegretto - Poco più moto  
6 2 Og da jeg sejled dit Hus forbi. 2:39
  Moderato sostenuto  
7 3 Jeg sejled en Nat over Havet. 2:40
  Moderato con moto  
 

OTTO MALLING

(1848-1915)
8 

Stormen paa Kjöbenhavn, Op. 60

5:26
  for Baritone Solo and Orchestra  
  Allegro (Tempo di marca) - L'istesso tempo -  
 

CARL NIELSEN

(1865-1931)
9 

Skjaldens Sang af 'Moderen', Op. 41 (FS 94)

1:59
  Andantino quasi allegretto  
10 

Sænk kun dit Hoved, du Blomst, Op. 21 (FS 42), Book 2 No. 1

2:04
  Quasi allegretto  
 

EDVARD GRIEG

(1843-1907)
11 

Den Bergtekne, Op. 32

4:31
  for Baritone Solo, String Orchestra and Two Horns  
  Andante - Allegro agitato - Tempo I - Adagio  
12 

En Svane

2:10
  No. 4 from Sechs Lieder mit Orchester, EG 177  
  Andante ben tenuto - Poco animato - Agitato -  
13 

Peer Gynts Serenade

2:29
  No. 17 (Act IV) from the incidental music to Peer Gynt, Op. 23  
  Poco andante - Allegretto - Allegro -  
 

TURE RANGSTROM

(1884-1947)
 

Ur Kung Eriks Visor

14:07  
14 I En visa om när jag var lustig med Welam Welamsson. . . 2:34
  Allegretto pesante  
15 II En visa om mig och narren Herkules. 2:01
  Allegro furioso - Poco lento  
16 III En visa till Karin när hon hade dansat. 3:17
  Allegretto poco grave e tenero  
17 IV En visa till Karin ur fägelset. 6:35
  Largo, compunto e disperato  
18 V Kung Eriks sista visa. 1:40
  Grave e severo  
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has come up with innovative recording projects and this intriguing programme of late-romantic songs from Scandinavia is no exception. Chandos is lucky enough to have secured two of Denmark’s most distinguished international artists for the recording. The baritone Bo Skovhus is considered one of the top lieder singers of his generation and a renowned interpreter of works by Scandinavian composers. Michael Schønwandt has a special interest in Danish music and has conducted many world premieres of works by Danish composers, most recently Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale at the Royal Opera, Copenhagen. He has made many notable recordings with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for Chandos, including the fêted Salome, released in 1999.


With its brilliant orchestral accompaniment, Wilhelm Stenhammar’s ballad of two medieval lovers, Florez och Blanzeflor, reveals the influence of the works of Wagner. The tempestuous Ithaka, which has been referred to as a symphonic poem for orchestra with obligato voice, provides a contrast. Peter Heise was a supreme composer of vocal music. Kongesønnens Romance (The Prince’s Romance) is taken from the concert piece Tornerose (Sleeping Beauty) and Vaagn af din Slummer (Wake from your slumber) from seven songs composed for the romantic drama of chivalry Bertran de Born. The songs of Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller are among the best of the late romantic period in Denmark. His three Sange ved Havet (Songs by the Sea) are linked together by the imagery of the sea, but also by the theme of loss.

The epic Stormen paa Kjøbenhavn by the Danish composer Otto Malling is a nationalist song about the Swedish attack on Copenhagen in 1659. The strophic setting of Skjaldens Sang (The Bard’s Song) comes from Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for the allegorical play Moderen (The Mother). Its light 6/8 rhythm is
typical of the composer’s simple Danish melodic style. Sænk kun dit Hoved, du Blomst (Just bow your head, oh flower) is a piece of nature poetry, to which Nielsen responds with a simple sensitive accompaniment.

Grieg’s Den Bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall) tells of a young man who, after an erotic meeting with the Elf-king’s daughter, is unable to resume a normal life. The elegant, sliding changes of harmony in En Svane (A Swan) complement the myriad images in the text. In Peer Gynts Serenade the ‘hero’ sings for the Bedouin girl Anitra.

Influences of Wagner and Nielsen mark the Swedish composer Ture Rangström’s song cycle Ur Kung Eriks Visor (From King Erik’s Songs), matchless settings of poems about the gifted but drunken and melancholy King Erik XIV of Sweden.


Except for the Lange-Müller and Malling items here making their debut on disc, most of the songs on this CD have been recorded before, but mainly in mixed program, and not, in my opinion, as consistently well sung and beautifully played as they are on this Chandos release. Bo Skovhus is phenomenal, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Schønwandt is equally magnificent. This is a must-have CD.
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