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.
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano Erling R. Eriksen, piano
From Four Songs to Texts by Gustav Fröding and N. M. Folcke, Op. 35 (1922) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t05.mp3
From Three Poems by Nils Collett Vogt, Op. 29 (1920) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t07.mp3
Five Songs to Texts by Robert Burns and Heinrich Heine, Op. 6 (publ. 1896) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t09.mp3
Three Songs to Poems by Viggo Stuckenberg, Op. 26 (1913) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t14.mp3
From Four Poems by Herman Wildenvey, Op. 30 (1920) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t17.mp3
Six Songs to Texts by Anders Hovden and A. O. Vinje, Op. 22 (1907) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t19.mp3
From Four Songs to Texts by Oscar Stjerne and Nils-Magnus Folcke, Op. 41 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0124/TOCC0124t26.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0124EAN/UPC: 5060113441249Release Date: 29.10.2012Composer: Eyvind Alnæs Artists: Ann-Beth Solvang, Erling R. Eriksen
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“Exquisitely performed” —Tim Ashley, The Guardian
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