Grieg: Songs

Grieg: Songs
Composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg
Artist Kjell Magnus Sandve tenor
Marianne Hirsti soprano
Knut Skram baritone
Christa Pfeiler mezzo soprano
Rudolf Jansen piano
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 93803
EAN code 5028421938035
Release January 2009

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About this release

Although famous for his evergreen Piano Concerto and the music he composed for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Grieg’s output is dominated by short works – exquisite miniatures for piano and song. In the pantheon of composers influenced by the traditional music of their homeland, Grieg ranks along side Dvorak, Kodály, Bartok and Vaughan Williams.

All in their own way ‘saved’ for posterity the rich legacy of music passed down through generations of their countrymen. Grieg ensured that the folk tunes of Norway had a new lease of life when set to words by Ibsen, Benzon, Krag and Varen, and others. These are not songs as Schubert or Wolf would have composed. They are simple, folk-based, honest and true, and display the true genius of the composer as a miniaturist. If ever the saying ‘small is beautiful’ applies, it is to these songs.
After settling down with his wife (also his cousin) Nina Hagerup – the inspiration for many of his songs – he concentrated on establishing a Norwegian National School of music.

Other information:
- This release is the only complete edition of the songs.
- Recordings date from the early 1990s.
- Contains many first recordings.
- "The Grieg song edition continues rather as it began – with many causes for gratitude, a few occasions for quite intense pleasure…In expression she (Hirsti) is similar to Flagstad, warm in feeling, and letting the affection communicate almost of its own accord…Christa Pfeiler sings with pleasing tone and …Voice and piano are well…Rudolf Jansen is a sensitive and skilful accompanist throughout" (Gramophone).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Four Songs, Op. 15: Margrete's Cradlesong
  2. Four Songs, Op. 15: Love
  3. Four Songs, Op. 15: Langeland Folksong
  4. Four Songs, Op. 15: A Mother's Grief
  5. Three Songs From "Peer Gynt" Op.23: Peer Gynt's Serenade
  6. Three Songs From "Peer Gynt" Op.23: Solveig's Song
  7. Three Songs From "Peer Gynt" Op.23: Solveig's Crandlesong
  8. Six Songs By Holger Drachmann, Op.49: Tell Me Now, Did You See The Lad
  9. Six Songs By Holger Drachmann, Op.49: Rocking, Rocking On Gentle Waves
  10. Six Songs By Holger Drachmann, Op.49: Kind Greetings, Fair Ladies
  11. Six Songs By Holger Drachmann, Op.49: Now is Evening Lingnt And Long
  12. Six Songs By Holger Drachmann Op.49: Christmas Song
  13. Six Songs By Holger Drachmann, Op.49: Spring Showers
  14. Five Songs By vilhelm Krag, Op.60: Little Kirsten
  15. Five Songs By vilhelm Krag, Op.60: The Mother's Lament
  16. Five Songs By vilhelm Krag, Op.60: On The Water
  17. Five Songs By vilhelm Krag, Op.60: A Bird Cried Out
  18. Five Songs By vilhelm Krag, Op.60: Midsummer Eve

Disk 2

  1. "Melodies Of The Heart" By H. C. Andersen, Op. 5: Two Browns Eyes
  2. "Melodies Of The Heart" By H. C. Andersen, Op. 5: The Poet's Hear
  3. "Melodies Of The Heart" By H. C. Andersen, Op. 5: I Love but Thee
  4. "Melodies Of The Heart" By H. C. Andersen, Op. 5: My Mind is Like The Mountain Steep
  5. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: The Youth
  6. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: Last Spring
  7. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: The Wounded Heart
  8. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: The Berry
  9. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: Beside The Stream
  10. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: A vision
  11. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: The Old Mother
  12. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: The First Thing
  13. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: At Rondane
  14. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: A Piece on Friendship
  15. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje Op. 33: Faith
  16. Twelve Songs To Poems By A. O. vinje, Op. 33: He Goal
  17. Six Elegiac Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 59: Autumn Farewell
  18. Six Elegiac Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 59: The Pine Tree
  19. Six Elegiac Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 59: To Her. I
  20. Six Elegiac Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 59: To Her. II
  21. Six Elegiac Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 59: Goodbye
  22. Six Elegiac Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 59: Your Eyes Are Closed Forever
  23. The Mountain Thrall, Op. 32

Disk 3

  1. Seven Childrens Songs, Op. 61: The Ocean
  2. Seven Childrens Songs, Op. 61: The Christmas Tree
  3. Seven Childrens Songs, Op. 61: Farmyard-Song
  4. Seven Childrens Songs, Op. 61: Fisherman's Song
  5. Seven Childrens songs, Op. 61: Good- Night Song for Dobbin
  6. Seven Childrens Songs, Op. 61: The Norwegian Mountains
  7. Seven Childrens Songs, Op. 61: Fatherland Hymn
  8. Songs From "Haugtussa", Not Included in Op. 67, EG 152d: The Sparrow
  9. Songs From "Haugtussa", Not Included in Op. 67, EG 152f: in The Hayfield
  10. Songs From "Haugtussa", Not Included in Op. 67, EG 152g: Velsemøy Wondering
  11. Songs From "Haugtussa", Not Included in Op. 67, EG 152h: Doomed (Knut Skram, Baritone)
  12. Songs From "Haugtussa", Not Included in Op. 67, EG 152j: Velsemøy Longing
  13. Songs From "Haugtussa", Not Included in Op. 67, EG 152L: Cow-Call
  14. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: The Enticement
  15. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborgs "Haugtussa", Op. 67: Veslemøy. The Young Maiden
  16. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: Blueberry Slope
  17. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: The Tryst
  18. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: Love
  19. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: Kidlings' Dance
  20. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: Hurtful Day
  21. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: At The Brook
  22. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: EG 124: Clara's Song
  23. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: EG 127: I Love You, Dear
  24. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: EG 133: The Princess
  25. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: EG 134: Sighs
  26. The Mountain Maid, Song Cycle From Arne Garborg's "Haugtussa", Op. 67: EG 139: Morning Prayer at School

Disk 4

  1. Six Songs, Op. 4: The Orphan
  2. Six Songs, Op. 4: Morning Dew
  3. Six Songs, Op. 4: Parting
  4. Six Songs, Op. 4: Hunting Song
  5. Six Songs, Op. 4: The Old Song
  6. Six Songs, Op. 4: Where Have They Gone?
  7. Four Songs By Bj. Bjørnson, Op. 21: The First Meeting
  8. Four Songs By Bj. Bjørnson, Op. 21: "Good Morning!"
  9. Four Songs By Bj. Bjørnson, Op. 21: To Springtime: My Song I'm Singing
  10. Four Songs By Bj. Bjørnson, Op. 21: Say What You Will
  11. "Reminiscences From Mountain and Fjord", Op. 44: Prologue
  12. "Reminiscences From Mountain and Fjord", Op. 44: Johanne
  13. "Reminiscences From Mountain and Fjord", Op. 44: Ragnhild
  14. "Reminiscences From Mountain and Fjord", Op. 44: Ingebjørg
  15. "Reminiscences From Mountain and Fjord", Op. 44: Ragna
  16. "Reminiscences From Mountain and Fjord", Op. 44: Epiloque
  17. Six Songs, Op. 48: Greeting
  18. Six Songs, Op. 48: One Day, O Heart Of mine
  19. Six Songs, Op. 48: The Way Of The World
  20. Six Songs, Op. 48: The Nightingale's Secret
  21. Six Songs, Op. 48: The Time of Roses
  22. Six Songs, Op. 48: A Dream
  23. "Norway", Five Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 58: Homeward
  24. "Norway", Five Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 58: To The Motherland
  25. "Norway", Five Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 58: Henrik Wergeland
  26. "Norway", Five Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 58: The Shepherdess
  27. "Norway", Five Songs By John Paulsen, Op. 58: The Emigrant

Disk 5

  1. Look at the Sea, EG 121
  2. Four Songs, Op. 2: The Maid of The Mill
  3. Four Songs, Op. 2: Closely Wrapp'd in Misty Billows
  4. Four Songs, Op. 2: I Stood Before Her Portrait
  5. Four Songs, Op. 2: What Shall I Say
  6. Four Songs By Chr. Winther, Op. 10: Thanks
  7. Four Songs By Chr. Winther, Op. 10: Woodland Song
  8. Four Songs By Chr. Winther, Op. 10: Song of The Flowers
  9. Four Songs By Chr. Winther, Op. 10: Song on The Mountain
  10. Nine Songs, Op. 18: Moonlit Forest
  11. Nine Songs, Op. 18: My Darling Is As White As Snow
  12. Nine Songs, Op. 18: The Poet's Farewell
  13. Nine Songs, Op. 18: Autumn Storms
  14. Nine Songs, Op. 18: Poesy
  15. Nine Songs, Op. 18: The Young Birch-Tree
  16. Nine Songs, Op. 18: The Cottage
  17. Nine Songs, Op. 18: The Rosebud
  18. Nine Songs, Op. 18: Serenade To Welhaven
  19. Six Songs By Henrik Ibsem, Op. 25: Fiddlers
  20. Six Songs By Henrik Ibsem, Op. 25: A Swan
  21. Six Songs By Henrik Ibsem, Op. 25: Album Lines
  22. Six Songs By Henrik Ibsem, Op. 25: With a Water-Lily
  23. Six Songs By Henrik Ibsem, Op. 25: Departed
  24. Six Songs By Henrik Ibsem, Op. 25: A Bird- Song
  25. Songs Without Opus Numbers: Easter Song, EG 146
  26. Songs Without Opus Numbers: The Fair-Haired Maid (I), EG 130
  27. Songs Without Opus Numbers: The Fair-Haired Maid (II)
  28. Songs Without Opus Numbers: The Hunter

Disk 6

  1. Songs And Ballads By A. Munch, Op. 9: The Harp
  2. Songs And Ballads By A. Munch, Op. 9: Cradle Song
  3. Songs And Ballads By A. Munch, Op. 9: Sunset
  4. Songs And Ballads By A. Munch, Op. 9: Outward Bound
  5. Five Poems By John Paulsen, Op. 26: Hope
  6. Five Poems By John Paulsen, Op. 26: I Walked One Balmy Summer Eve
  7. Five Poems By John Paulsen, Op. 26: You Whispered That You Loved Me
  8. Five Poems By John Paulsen, Op. 26: The First Primrose
  9. Five Poems By John Paulsen, Op. 26: Autumn Thoughts
  10. Romances, Op. 39: From Monte Pincio
  11. Romances, Op. 39: Hidden Love
  12. Romances, Op. 39: Upon a Grassy Hillside
  13. Romances, Op. 39: 'Neath The Roses
  14. Romances, Op. 39: At The Grave of a Young Wife
  15. Romances, Op. 39: Hearing A Song Or Carol
  16. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 69: A Boat On The Waves Is Rocking
  17. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 69: To My Son
  18. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 69: At Mother's Grave
  19. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 69: Snail, Snail!
  20. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 69: Dreams
  21. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: Eros
  22. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: A Life of Longing
  23. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: Summer Night
  24. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: Walk With Care
  25. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: A Poet's Song
  26. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: EG 122: The Singing Congregation
  27. Five Songs By Otto Benzon, Op. 70: EG 150: Ave, Maris Stella

Disk 7

  1. EG 135: For L. M. Lindeman's Silver Wedding AnnIVersary
  2. EG 145: The Blueberry
  3. EG 155: Yuletide Cradle Song
  4. EG 123: Devoutest of Maidens
  5. EG 129: Little Lad
  6. EG 142: The Forgotten Maid
  7. EG 137: The White And Red, Red Roses
  8. EG 125: The Soldie
  9. EG 128: Tears
  10. EG 151: National Song
  11. EG 131: The Odalisque
  12. EG 147: A Simple Song
  13. EG 141: The Laas
  14. EG 153: I Loved Him
  15. EG 144: Beneath The Christmas Tree
  16. EG 126: My Little Bird
  17. EG 149: Election Song
  18. EG 140: On The Ruins of Hamar
  19. EG 156: Gentelman-Rankers
  20. EG 154: To a Devil
  21. EG 136: To Chr. Tønsberg