Alnæs: Songs
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Eyvind Alnæs: Songs to Texts by Heine, Burns and Scandinavian Poets

Catalogue Number: TOCC0124
EAN: 5060113441249
Release Date: 29 October 2012
Duration: 63:44

Four Songs, Op. 34
From Four Songs, Op. 35
From Three Poems, Op. 29
Five Songs, Op. 6
Three Songs, Op. 26
From Four Poems, Op. 30
Six Songs, Op. 22
From Three Songs, Op. 23
From Four Songs, Op. 41

Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

With recordings of his symphonies and piano music now available, the Norwegian composer Eyvind Alnæs (1872–1932) is slowly emerging from obscurity to take his place as an important successor to Grieg, likewise marrying an essentially lyrical style with the melodies and rhythms of Norwegian folk-music and, in his later output, an awareness of Debussy and French impressionism. In this recital of Alnæs’ atmospheric songs – most of them not previously recorded – Erling R. Eriksen, whose playing of Alnæs’ piano works can be heard on an earlier Toccata Classics CD, returns to his music in the company of Ann-Beth Solvang, one of Norway’s best mezzo sopranos.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-4 Four Songs to Texts by Nils-Magnus Folcke, Op. 34 (1922)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano
9:37
1 No. 1 ‘Ett vackert gammalt mönster’ 2:47 play
2 No. 2 ‘Förryckt amour’ 3:19 play
3 No. 3 ‘Visan om Maj’ 1:37 play
4 No. 4 ‘En gammal ung visa’ 1:54 play
5-6 From Four Songs to Texts by Gustav Fröding and N. M. Folcke, Op. 35 (1922)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

(first recording)
6:04
5 No. 1 ‘En visa till Karin när hon hade dansat’ (Fröding) 2:53 play
6 No. 2 ‘En visa till Karin ur fängelset’ (Fröding) 3:11 play
7-8 From Three Poems by Nils Collett Vogt, Op. 29 (1920)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

(first recording)
4:27
7 No. 1 ‘Sne’ 2:55 play
8 No. 2 ‘Ruten’ 1:32 play
9-13 Five Songs to Texts by Robert Burns and Heinrich Heine, Op. 6 (publ. 1896)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

(first recording)
11:07
9 No. 1 ‘Winterklage’ (Burns, ‘The Wintry West’) 2:11 play
10 No. 2 ‘An eine Nachtigall’ (Burns, ‘To a Woodlark’) 2:07 play
11 No. 3 ‘Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen’ (Heine) 1:35 play
12 No. 4 ‘Was will die einsame Thräne?’ (Heine) 2:08 play
13 No. 5 ‘Der erste Psalm’ (Burns) 3:06 play
14-16 Three Songs to Poems by Viggo Stuckenberg, Op. 26 (1913)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano
7:30
14 No. 1 ‘Lykken mellem to mennesker’ 2:25 play
15 No. 2 ‘Nu brister i alle de kløfter’ 2:44 play
16 No. 3 ‘En morgen var din grav’ 2:21 play
17-18 From Four Poems by Herman Wildenvey, Op. 30 (1920)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

(first recording)
8:01
17 No. 1 ‘Højtid’ 2:45 play
18 No. 4 ‘Eventyr til Ellen’ 5:16 play
19-24 Six Songs to Texts by Anders Hovden and A. O. Vinje, Op. 22 (1907)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano
10:51
19 No. 1 ‘Tungalda’ (Hovden) 2:35 play
20 No. 2 ‘Den diktar aldri djupt’ (Vinje) 1:56 play
21 No. 3 ‘Attergløyma’ (Vinje) 1:57 play
22 No. 4 ‘Du naar maalet’ (Vinje) 1:24 play
23 No. 5 ‘So skal gjenta hava det’ (Vinje) 0:57 play
24 No. 6 ‘Mold’ (Hovden) 2:02 play
25 From Three Songs for a Middle Voice to Texts by Nils Collett Vogt, Op. 23 (pub. 1908)

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

(first recording)
1:05
25 No. 2 ‘Alt var dig’ 1:05 play
26-27 From Four Songs to Texts by Oscar Stjerne and Nils-Magnus Folcke, Op. 41

Eyvind Alnæs, composer
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

(first recording)
5:02
26 No. 3 ‘En Vaggvislåt’ (Stjerne) 4:09 play
27 No. 4 ‘En Vår – En Dikt’ (Folcke) 0:53 play

Artists

Eyvind Alnæs

Eyvind Alnæs, composer

Ann-Beth Solvang

Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano

Erling R. Eriksen

Erling R. Eriksen, piano

Reviews

Exquisitely performed

The current revival of interest in Norwegian composer Eyvind Alnaes (1872–1932) owes much to Toccata’s championing of his work. Their latest disc of his music focuses on his songs, regarded by connoisseurs as the among the finest things in his smallish output. Classified as post-Romantic, Alnaes trained in Leipzig, and his Op 6 settings of Heine and Burns (1896) are characterised by a turbulence he later seemed anxious to avoid. After 1900, his songs were marked by declamatory vocal lines over sparse accompaniments, though his piano writing became more elaborate and impressionistic in the 1920s under the influence of Debussy. At his best he can be discreetly erotic and quietly spiritual. But his avoidance of grand gestures results in a sameness of mood when his songs are heard in quantity. They’re exquisitely performed by ultra-refined mezzo Ann-Beth Solvang and pianist Erik R Eriksen, but the disc works best if you listen selectively.

Tim Ashley The Guardian 10th January 2013

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