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Grieg Songs Import

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We are delighted to present this 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. These matchless examples of Scandinavian Romanticism are performed by the glorious Swedish mezzo Katarina Karnéus and pianist Julius Drake, whose "magical partnership" (The Guardian) drew critical raves for their recent Hyperion disc of Sibelius songs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful CD of Grieg Songs Dec 28 2008
By Eero Richmond - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Katarina Karneus was a new name to me. This Swedish mezzo is a very fine performer indeed. Her beautiful voice, perfect intonation, and insightful interpretations make this recital of Grieg songs a real treasure. Her tendency to hold a note with straight tone (no vibrato) upon attack and then after a quick second to began her vibrato begins to be a bit predictable, but then this is a small quibble. (Actually I'd prefer that she use a bit more straight tone, as she does this beautifully!) The excellent pianist is, by the way, the notable Julius Drake (not Robert Vignoles, as written by another reviewer). Highest recommendation for the singer, the pianist, and the fine recording quality.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Grieg: Songs June 24 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Grieg: Songs is a Hyperion Records recording from 2008 with Katarina Karneus singing mezzo-soprano and Julius Drake playing the piano. Robert Matthew-Walker has written the liner-notes. The lyrics are available in Norweigan and English. Highly recommended. 5/5.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to Grieg's songs Nov. 3 2008
By MikelMask - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Before this CD, I had never listened to any of Grieg's songs nor had I ever heard the Swedish mezzo-soprano, Katarina Karneus. What a terrific surprise! Grieg's songs had that Schubertian quality of intimacy and beauty. Karneus, ably accompanied by Robert Vignoles, exquisitely brought them to life. I listened to this CD in my car in the middle of rush hour traffic. However, I was so entranced by the singing that I did not care that my car was only moving at five miles per hour. I wanted the trip to pass slowly so that I could enjoy this CD in one sitting. As usual, the Hyperion recording's sound quality is superlative- well balanced and crystal clear. I highly recommend this CD to those who want to discover Grieg's songs or who are just lovers of lieder.