Erkki Melartin: Songs to Swedish Texts

The Finnish composer Erkki Melartin (1875–1937) wrote around 250 art-songs, often grouping settings of different languages and different dates into unrelated and sometimes untitled opus numbers. But what might be a nightmare for the musicologist is a treasure trove for the enthusiast for Nordic song, as this recital of some of the best of Melartin’s Swedish settings will prove, with music that often sounds rather like Sibelius tinged with French Impressionism.

Hedvig Paulig, soprano
Ilmo Ranta, piano
Jan Söderblom, violin (Tracks 10-13, 22)

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Catalogue No: TOCC0416
EAN/UPC: 5060113444165
Release Date: 01.12.2017
Composer: Erkki Melartin
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    Four Runeberg Settings

  1. Mellan friska blomster (‘Among budding owers’), Op. 172, No. 2 (1931?)
  2. Flickans klagan (‘The Girl’s Lament’), Op. 14, No. 1 (1901)*
  3. Törnet (‘The Thornèd Rose’), Op. 170, No. 3 (1931)
  4. Stum kärlek (‘Silent Love’), Op. 116, No. 5 (1919)
  5. Five Hemmer Settings

  6. Mitt hjärta behöver… (‘My heart requires…’), Op. 116, No. 6 (1919)
  7. Under häggarna (‘Under the Bird-Cherry Trees’), Op. 86, No. 3 (1914)
  8. Bön om ro (‘Prayer for Rest’), Op. 122, No. 6 (1924)
  9. Elegie (‘Elegy‘), Op. 96, No. 1 (1916)
  10. Akvarell (‘Watercolour‘), Op. 96, No. 2 (1916)
  11. Tagoresånger (‘Tagore Songs’), Op. 105

  12. No. 1 Skyar (‘Clouds’) (1914)
  13. No. 2 Sagan om vårt hjärta (‘The Tale of our Heart’) (1918)
  14. No. 3 Smärtan (‘The Pain’) (1918)**
  15. No. 4 Allvarsdagen (‘On the Last Day’) (1914)
  16. Other Swedish Settings

  17. Skåda, skåda hur det våras (‘See, see how the spring appears’), Op. 117, No. 2 (Löwenhjelm; 1921)*
  18. I skäraste morgongryning (‘As aurora broke’), Op. 21, No. 2 (Tavaststjerna; 1896)
  19. Marias vaggsång (‘Mary’s Lullaby’), Op. 3, No. 1 (Levertin; 1897)***
  20. Maria, Guds moder (‘Mary, Mother of God’), Op. 151, No. 2 (R. Ekelund; 1928)
  21. Stjärnor (‘Stars’), Op. 151, No. 3 (Almqvist; 1928)
  22. Mot alla stjärnor (‘All the stars this night’), Op. 73, No. 3 (V. Ekelund; 1912)
  23. Det är juni (’It is June’), Op. 77, No. 2 (V. Ekelund; 1913)
  24. Vallarelåt (‘Distant Song’), Op. 42, No. 1 (Fröding; 1906)
  25. Från lägerbålet i öknen (‘From a camp re in the desert’), Op. 78, No. 1

ALL EXCEPT * FIRST RECORDINGS
** FIRST DIGITAL RECORDING
***FIRST RECORDING OF ORIGINAL VERSION

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