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01 - Grieg - Varen Op. 33 No 2 (4:42)
02 - Grieg - Jeg Elsker Dig Op. 5 No 3 (1:44)
03 - Grieg - Solveigs Sang (Peer Gynt Op. 23) (5:10)
04 - Grieg - Med En Vandlilje Op. 25 No 4 (2:21)
05 - Grieg - Prinsessen (3:22)
06 - Grieg - En Svane Op. 25 No 2 (2:31)
07 - Grieg - Fra Monte Pincio Op. 39 No1 (4:59)
08 - Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op. 48 - Grub (1:07)
09 - Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op. 48 - Dereinst Gedanke Mein (3:08)
10 - Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op. 48 - Lauf Der Welt (1:32)
11 - Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op. 48 - Die Verschwiegene Nachtigall (3:20)
12 - Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op. 48 - Zur Rosenzeit (2:57)
13 - Grieg - Sechs Lieder Op. 48 - Ein Traum (2:07)
14 - Sibelius - Diamanten Pa Marssnon Op. 36 No 6 (2:21)
15 - Sibelius - Vilse Op. 17 No 4 (0:53)
16 - Sibelius - Sav Sav Susa Op. 36 No 4 (2:28)
17 - Sibelius - Var Det En Drom Op. 37 No 4 (1:52)
18 - Sibelius - Flickan Kom Ifran Sin Alsklings Mote Op. 37 No 5 (2:47)
19 - Stenhammar - Flickan Kom Ifran Sin Alsklings Mote Op. 4b No 1 (4:49)
20 - Stenhammar - Adagio Op. 20 No 5 (3:12)
21 - Stenhammar - Sverige Op. 22 No 2 (2:31)
22 - Stenhammar - Fylgia Op. 16 No 4 (1:40)
23 - Stenhammar - I Skogen (2:22)
24 - Alfven - Sa Tag Mit Hjerte (3:08)
25 - Alfven - Skogen Sover Op. 28 No 6 (2:38)
26 - Sjoberg - Tonerna (2:28)

Barbara Bonney – soprano
Antonio Pappano – piano


A nice program to introduce Scandanavian art songs to an audience by a premier American soprano is a welcome relief from the stream of German lieder recordings. To my mind Scandanavian music is a relatively unmined motherlode waiting for an adventurous listener to discover. Ms Bonney's intelligent singing made this recording a feast of song. The vivid vocal characterization in such pieces as Grieg's "Princess" or the 2 settings of "Girl comes home after seeing her lover" by Sibelius and Stenhammar was as real as it was heartbreaking. Her tone of pure youthful innocence is known to this writer, and has impressed me in the past. I only wish she had chosen another pianist instead of opera conductor Pappano. Comparing this recording to Anne Sofie Von Otter's recordings of the same songs of Sibelius and Grieg did not fare well for the accompanist on the Decca recording. Bengt Forsberg plays with more intensity, and is matched step for step with Otter. The Grieg songs are delightful, with "Last Spring" containing some tempo freshness that reminded this listener of the warming qualities of Spring's return. I wished for more depth in the swirling eddies in "with a water lily", but was touched by the glowing intensity of "A Swan", and fell in love with a colorful "From Monte Pincio", Grieg's musical travel-portrait of a Roman hill. The "Quiet Nightingale" was discrete, and needed to be with Ms. Bonney's sex appeal made manifest in her retelling of the sound of the bird in the poem. The Sibelius set is wonderful, with a fantastic jaunt through the forest to a romantic rendevous in "Lost in the Forest" made exciting with descending swirls of chromaticsm suggesting swaths of birds upset by the protaganists happening upon them. The heartbreak in the quasi-operatic "Sigh, rushes, sigh" was palpable and dramatic, as was the rising feeling of abandonment and the rush of emotion not quite reaching it's climax (isnt that so Finnish?)of "Was it a dream?". As if to continue the heartbreak, the betrayal of the daughter in "Girl came home from meeting her lover" was made manifest in an outraged tone at the conclusion. The quality of Stenhammar's setting of the "Girl coming home" is less lustrous than the high melodrama of Sibelius', but is rich in inspiration. His refined elegance created a quieter mood, as though the daughter were more fragile and less sure of herself than the Sibelius protaganist, and Ms Bonney matches the pale daughter with a pale, hollow tone that is unforgettable. The lulling "Adagio" is like a hot summer's day that goes on a bit long and unrelenting, and "Sweden" is a patriotic paean to the country that never seems to go anywhere musically. Luckily we return to more inspirational territory in "Guiding Spirit" and "In the Forest" with more longing and mystery, the latter containing some lovely piano writing. Hugo Alfven's orchestral music sounds like Strauss, and the 2 songs here sound like early Strauss songs, although not quite as daring and rich. In "Take My Heart", Bonney's fragility is disarming. Stars twinkle in the gentle "Forest Sleeps", with Bonney's voice glowing in a reassuring warmth. Sjoberg's "Music" is the Swedish "An die Musik", a paean to the mysery of the soothing power of music. Again, Bonney's intelligent phrasing yields much pleasure. This disc is a lovely collection for fans of art songs, and is a feather in the cap of Ms. Bonney. I only wish Pappano would match her refinement with more personality. --- Dan and Laura Mortenson (Minneapolis, MN)

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Barbara Bonney – Schubert Lieder (1995) Barbara Bonney – Schubert Lieder (1995)

01. Ellens Gesang III D 839, Op. 52,6: 'Ave Maria, jungfrau mild'
02. Ganymed D 544, Op. 19,3: 'wie im morgenglanze'
03. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'kennst du das land' D 321
04. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'heiss mich nicht reden' D 877-2, Op. 62,2
05. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'so lasst mich scheinen' D 877-3, Op. 62,3
06. Mignon-Lieder From Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': 'nur wer die sehnsucht kennt' D 877-4, Op. 63,4
07. Liebhaber In Allen Gestalten D 558: 'ich wolt, ich war ein fisch'
08. Heidenroslein D 257, Op. 3,3: 'sah ein knab ein roslein stehn'
09. nahe des geliebten D 162, Op. 5,2: 'ich denke dein'
10. Die Forelle D 550, Op. 32: 'in einem bachlein helle'
11. auf dem wasser zu singen D 774, Op. 72: 'mitten im schimmer der spiegelnden wellen'
12. im abendrot D 799: 'o wie schon ist deine welt'
13. standchen D 889: 'horch, horch die lerch im atherblau'
14. 'du bist die ruh' D 776, Op. 59,3
15. gretchen am spinnrade D 118, Op. 2: 'meine ruh ist hin'
16. gretchens bitte D 564: 'ach neige, du schmerzensreiche'
17. der hirt auf dem felsen D 965, Op. post. 129: 'wenn auf dem hochsten fels ich steh'

Barbara Bonney – soprano
Geoffrey Parsons – piano
Sharon Kam - clarinet


I dont't think any review of mine will adequately describe how wonderful this CD is - you'll just have to believe me. Barbara's voice was made for lieder, and Schubert's are treated here with grace, sweetness, and immaculate artistry.

The selection of lieder for this disc is nice and broad, from the ubiquitous "Ellen's Gesang: Ave Maria" to the playful "Die Forelle" to the two dramatic songs set for Gretchen from Faust - "Gretchen am Spinnrade" and "Gretchen's Bitte". Every song is listenable and melodic (a characteristic feature of Schubert songs). The accompanist, Geoffrey Parsons, is also very good, with nice tempi and always supporting Barbara's vocal line, never overpowering it.

Even though these songs are wonderful enough just to listen to, to get the full effect you must read the lyrics from the liner notes. Unless you happen to understand German, reading the words and the translations will only enhance your appreciation of these songs, which are really the musical settings of poems by German poets like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Rückert. You may realize that the high A she sings is the climax of "Gretchen am Spinnrade" (and believe me, it'll send shivers down your spine), but it becomes that much more dramatic when you know that the line is "An seinen küssen vergehen sollt!" - "And to perish in his kisses!"

Also, I've noticed that her voice breaks on the "O" in the line "O wärst du da!" ("Oh, that you were here!") in the song "Nähe des Geliebten". I'm pretty sure it was unintentional, but I find it very attractive, and I think it enhances the feeling of longing which the song describes. I think it must have been deliberately included, and I'm glad they did.

I think everyone will be able to take away something from this album. Parents out there with small children might even consider playing some of the softer songs like "Im Abendrot","Du Bist die Ruh", or "Ave Maria" at bedtime to calm your children - they would make great lullabies! --- Christopher A. Lanter "music lover" (Mesa, AZ United States)

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]]> (bluesever) Barbara Bonney Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:10:46 +0000