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  • Composer: Emil Sjgren^Hugo Alfvn^Sigurd von Koch^Ture Rangstrm^Wilhelm Peterson-Berger^Wilhelm Stenhammar
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GRT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Fridolins visor": Svensk Lyrik II, Hft. 1 - No.5: Intet är som väntanstider (Karlfeldt) 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Fyra visor i svensk folkton" op.5 - No.1: När jag för mig själv (H. [sic!]) 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Fyra visor i svensk folkton" op.5 - No.3: Som stjärnorna på himmelen (H. [sic!]) 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sigurd von Koch: I månaden Tjaitra (Sigurd Agrell) Minns du våren 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sigurd von Koch: Af lotusdoft och månens sken (Sigurd Agrell) Exotisk serenade 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: Visor och stämningar, op.26 - No.1: Vandraren "Här ur mossiga klippans famn" (Vilhelm Ekelund) 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: Visor och stämningar, op.26 - No.5: Det far ett skepp (Bergman) 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: Visor och stämningar, op.26 - No.4: Jungfru Blond och jungfru Brunett (Bergman) 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: Visor och stämningar, op.26 - No.9: En strandvisa "Är det ljuft att sköljas" (Fröding) 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ture Rangström: Vingar i natten ("Det flyger en fågel svart") 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ture Rangström: Afskedet ("År af skumma färder fick du pröfva") 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ture Rangström: Pan ("Middagsstillhet och klöverånga") 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Marits visor": 3 dikter ur "En glad gut" av B. Bj¢rnson, op.12 - No.1: Kom bukken til gutten 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Marits visor": 3 dikter ur "En glad gut" av B. Bj¢rnson, op.12 - No.2: Solen skinner vakkert om kvaelden 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Marits visor": 3 dikter ur "En glad gut" av B. Bj¢rnson, op.12 - No.3: Holder du af mig 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sigurd von Koch: De Vilda Svanarna - Vårnattsregnet ("Det ljuva milda vårnattsregnet") (Bethge [Thun-Fu]) 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Sigurd von Koch: De Vilda Svanarna - Människans lott ("På sommarns värme") (Bethge [Khong-Fu-Tse/Confucius]) 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sigurd von Koch: De Vilda Svanarna - De vilda svanarna ("Ack, ännu synes icke") (Bethge [Ly-Y-Han]) 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Hugo Alfvén: Rudén 63] (Thiel) - No.6: Skogen sover [7 dikter, op.28 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Hugo Alfvén: Rudén 63] (Thiel) - No.3: Jag kysser din vita hand [7 dikter, op.28 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: 4 Dikter av Verner von Heidenstam, op.37 (von Heidenstam) - No.2: I lönnens skymning 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar: 4 Dikter av Verner von Heidenstam, op.37 (von Heidenstam) - No.1: Jutta kommer till Folkungarna ("Det red en jungfru från Danemark") 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Ture Rangström: Gammalsvenskt ("Skytteln skall gå och väfstoln slå") 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Ture Rangström: Melodi ("Bara du går öfver markerna") 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Ture Rangström: Bön till natten ("Slut är dagens") 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Fridolins lustgård": Svensk Lyrik II, Hft. 2 (Karlfeld) - No.4: Böljeby-vals ("Sjung, sjung i alarna") 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Offerkransar": Svensk Lyrik III, Hft.2 (Österling) - No.2: Återkomst ("Så kom den stillhet åter") 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Emil Sjögren: 6 Lieder aus Julius Wolff's Tannhäuser, op.12 (Wolff) - No.1: Du schaust mich an mit stummen Fragen 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Emil Sjögren: 6 Lieder aus Julius Wolff's Tannhäuser, op.12 (Wolff) - No.4: Hab' ein Röslein Dir gebrochen 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Emil Sjögren: 6 Lieder aus Julius Wolff's Tannhäuser, op.12 (Wolff) - No.6: Ich möchte schweben über Tal und Hügel 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: "Fridolins lustgård": Svensk Lyrik II, Hft. 2 (Karlfeld) - No.5: Aspåkers-polska ("Varför sitta vi så still") 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Don't worry if most of these composers are unfamiliar, this is an essential recital of Swedish songs by one of the greatest Lieder singers of modern times, caught in her vocal prime. It's a bit like going to a fantastic concert except that you don't have to worry about the sweet-wrapper rustlers, the snorers or the mobile phones that tend to dog live music-making. Here Anne Sofie von Otter and her willing accomplice, Bengt Forsberg, take you on a tantalising voyage of discovery--from the Grieg-like songs of Emil Sjögren to the explorations of Ture Rangström, this will have you switching from track to track trying to pick favourites. Even the briefest songs conjure a world of their own, heavy with emotion--Wilhelm Stenhammar's "Jutta Comes to the Volkungs" or Rangström's "The Farewell", or the simple charm of Wilhelm Peterson-Berger's "Aspaker's Polka" or Hugo Alfvén's haunting "The Forest is Asleep". And the list goes on. Take one at a time or gorge upon the entire 70-plus minutes at one sitting: you're guaranteed to come back hungry for more. --Harriet Smith

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "sararonneke" on 19 Jan. 2004
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The treasure of classical music from Sweden is generally noticable by the fact that most of it is recent - 19th and 20th century. The songs on this album are mostly from the early 20th century, although several are classical interpretations of older tunes with their roots in folk music. Either way, they are refreshingly different from a lot of our most celebrated operatic pieces. Another virtue (as i see it) of the Swedish taste in music, is that it recognises the beauty of the mezzo soprano. Whilst being a natural soprano tends to be a prerequisite or at least an advantage for aquiring lead parts or becoming a celebrated solo opera singer, the Swedes, and eventually the rest of the world, have chosen to make Anne Sofie von Otter one of the greatest names in the history of Swedish classical singing. And a well deserved reputation it is, too. The selection of songs on Wings in the Night show both the vocal perfection and dramatic quality of this wonderful singer, who sings with intensity and at the same time completely effortlessly. The only thing that can be said against the album is that it is not longer: 73 minutes seem to come to an end far too soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yanne Pie on 9 Aug. 2009
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On every level, this is a stunning recording. The music itself is unusual, and hardly ever heard, but every track offers something new - something for everyone. The performances by Anne Sofie von Otter and her accompanist are similarly emotive, and incredibly sensitive to the music and the texts. The quality of recording is also fantastic. If you are going to buy any CD, buy this one! Stunning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
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. . . rarely heard outside of Scandinavia, at any rate . . . and more's the pity. These are lovely, unpretentious songs, with arresting piano parts in many cases, and although this disc runs to over 73 minutes, it's actually quite tempting to listen to them all at a sitting. Partly that's because no single song is too long or too demanding, and partly because Anne Sofie von Otter's voice is so lovely that you just want to hear a little bit more of it. In 1995, when this recital was recorded, she must have been at her peak -- not that she's singing badly now, almost 20 years later! Bengt Forsberg's playing in accompaniment is positive and characterful, and the sound and balance are ideal.

The only song on this recital that I knew beforehand was Alfven's "The Forest Sleeps," which I had heard Bjoerling sing back in my vinyl days. It's sung absolutely beautifully here, and the other Alfven song, "I kiss your white Hand" is simply stunning, with a very different character from the previous one. But there's a lot of good stuff by Peterson-Berger ("Like stars in the sky" and "Alspaker's Polka" I like especially), Wilhelm Stenhammer (""Maiden Blonde and Maiden Brunette" is a nice creepy one), Ture Rangstrom ("Wings in the Night" itself, showing von Otter in fine declamatory mode), Sigurd von Koch ("In the month of Tjaitra" is a piece of striking orientalism), and Emil Sjogren (three nice settings of German texts --all others are in Swedish). These composers' names aren't household words, but don't let that stop you. Texts and translations are provided. Von Otter is a great singer, and Swedish is a lovely language for song. Want to sample? If you have an MP3 player, lay out your 99 cents for "Skogen Sover" ("The Forest Sleeps"). All in all, a great recital.
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By Jeremy Dimmick on 12 Jan. 2013
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This is something very special. In the niche market of recitals of Swedish songs, I have three disks - Barbara Bonney's "Diamonds in the Snow" with Antonio Pappano swapping his usual baton for the piano, and Miah Persson's "Soul and Landscape" with Roger Vignoles at the piano. "Wings in the Night" is the one to entice newcomers to the repertoire, and one you'll find yourself coming back to.

For me the great discovery here was Wilhelm Peterson-Berger. His are, on the face of it, some of the simplest songs on the disk - generally strophic, with a folk-ish tinge, technically not all that hard - but they are extraordinarily characterful and, in these performances, often very moving. Take track 3, 'Som stjärnona på himmelen', or #15, 'Holder du af mig': good poems gently evoking young love under the shadow of transience and death (English readers might think of Thomas Hardy), sensitively set and sung with an astonishing inwardness and dramatic sense by Anne-Sofie von Otter in her vocal prime, her long-time recital partner Bengt Forsberg fully her equal at the keyboard. P-B also rounds out the disk with the irresistibly droll 'Aspaker's Polka'. Something as simple as a little 'thump' in the piano left hand at the moment the singer anticipates her own future, older and fatter, is a measure of the composer's economy of means and mastery of expression.

Stenhammar's songs were what originally drew me to this disk. ASO and Forsberg had already contributed half a disk of his songs to a Musica Sveciae disk in 1992, and they're peerless interpreter of his vocal music - dramatic, idiomatic and bold.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I wish I was Swedish 10 Jun. 2006
By DAK - Published on Amazon.com
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This is simply my favorite disc of song out there. As a recreational singer, it's wonderful to come across a disc like this and be given an entire new world of song that you can't even find music for. The songs by Sigurd von Koch, who spent some time in Asia, are beautiful enough to dissolve your brain! In The Month Of Tjaitra and Of Lotus Scent And Moonlight are so full of beautiful imagery and wonderful music I can't see why people sing anything else. And the folk-inspired Pertersen-Berger songs are loads of fun too, although of course not as moving.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful collection 19 Mar. 2010
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This is a wonderful collection containing several masterly songs that wouldn't pale beside more famous French or German songs, and they are wonderfully evocatively and sensitively performed. The programme is variegated in terms of moods and colors, even though most items bear some kind of relation to folk music, and many of the songs are in fact thoroughly memorable, evidently written by master melodists. Stenhammar is perhaps the greatest composer overall among those featured, and his songs are probably the ones that reaches the deepest into the human condition and psyche. Yet I was just as compelled by Peterson-Berger more overtly folk-inspired and simpler style and the perhaps surprising expressive range and subtleties they encompass. Apart from those, Alfvén's contributions are stirringly dark-hued - as is most of his music - whereas Rangström's contributions are more varied in tone and mood, which would perhaps come as a surprise to those who only know him through the fiercely dark, magically dramatic orchestral works.

The less familiar figures also come off well; Sigurd von Koch's contributions are atmospheric, almost impressionistic, tone paintings and while Sjögren's style is more conventionally German inspired, his songs contain enough good ideas to sustain interest. Throughout von Otter's singing is simply superb, exhibiting a truly impressive expressive range and subtlety of coloration; Bengt Forsbeg is also an admirable, sensitive partner. A wonderful release, and I urge anyone to check out the sequel, `Watercolors', which features somewhat more modern and even lesser known Swedish composers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
beautiful singing, rarely-heard songs 13 Aug. 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rarely heard outside of Scandinavia, at any rate . . . and more's the pity. These are lovely, unpretentious songs, with arresting piano parts in many cases, and although this disc runs to over 73 minutes, it's actually quite tempting to listen to them all at a sitting. Partly that's because no single song is too long or too demanding, and partly because Anne Sofie von Otter's voice is so lovely that you just want to hear a little bit more of it. In 1995, when this recital was recorded, she must have been at her peak -- not that she's singing badly now, almost 20 years later! Bengt Forsberg's playing in accompaniment is positive and characterful, and the sound and balance are ideal.

The only song on this recital that I knew beforehand was Alfven's "The Forest Sleeps," which I had heard Bjoerling sing back in my vinyl days. It's sung absolutely beautifully here, and the other Alfven song, "I kiss your white Hand" is simply stunning, with a very different character from the previous one. But there's a lot of good stuff by Peterson-Berger ("Like stars in the sky" and "Alspaker's Polka" I like especially), Wilhelm Stenhammer (""Maiden Blonde and Maiden Brunette" is a nice creepy one), Ture Rangstrom ("Wings in the Night" itself, showing von Otter in fine declamatory mode), Sigurd von Koch ("In the month of Tjaitra" is a piece of striking orientalism), and Emil Sjogren (three nice settings of German texts --all others are in Swedish). These composers' names aren't household words, but don't let that stop you. Texts and translations are provided. Von Otter is a great singer, and Swedish is a lovely language for song. Want to sample? If you have an MP3 player, lay out your 99 cents for "Skogen Sover" ("The Forest Sleeps"). All in all, a great recital.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
outstanding 17 Feb. 2013
By Walter Schäppi - Published on Amazon.com
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rare and unique, best of all I have ever heard, superbe voice and performance, a very convincing Anne Sofie von Otter
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