Into Paradise

Into Paradise

by Sissel Kyrkjebø
     
 
It's no secret that Scandinavian crossover diva Sissel has one of the loveliest voices in any genre of music today -- her previous solo albums, and of course her appearance on the Titanic soundtrack, have proven this many times over. But Into Paradise really sets her apart as an artist of taste and

Overview

It's no secret that Scandinavian crossover diva Sissel has one of the loveliest voices in any genre of music today -- her previous solo albums, and of course her appearance on the Titanic soundtrack, have proven this many times over. But Into Paradise really sets her apart as an artist of taste and refinement. There's no hint of the bombast or bluster that mars a lot of classical crossover releases; Sissel trusts to the beauty of this music -- and of her angelic voice -- and the result is a wonder of delightful simplicity. Just over half the melodies are borrowed from classical favorites, all of them well chosen for Sissel's interpretation: Villa-Lobos's "Bachianas Brasileiras" and Albinoni's "Adagio" feature long, lyrically sustained lines that float blissfully from her vocal cords, while the operatic numbers by Purcell and Mascagni bring out a more expressive quality in her singing, and Bach's "Wachet Auf" gets a lightly jazzy treatment that calls the Swingle Singers to mind. Most of the other tracks are traditional Norwegian songs, all of them memorable and emotionally resonant, and for a final touch of Scandinavian authenticity, Sissel closes the album with ABBA's quietly touching "Like an Angel Passing Through."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
If you think you've never heard this classical Norwegian singer, dig into your CD collection and pull out the Titanic soundtrack. Alongside the Oscar-winning Celine Dion tune everyone remembers are tracks and tracks of Sissel's haunting, ethereal vocals illuminating the tragedy of the sinking liner. Over her varied 20-year career, she's sung for queens, princes, Winter Olympics, and Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies -- in addition to dates with Dion and Josh Groban, who in some ways could be considered her American male equivalent. While a brilliant singer of uncommon range and emotional depth, she may have a bit of trouble finding an easy niche because albums like Into Paradise are slightly all over the map. But that's not a bad thing for adventurous listeners who want to take the journey, which runs from Mozart to Bach, Puccini to (and you have to wait until track 12) ABBA ("Like an Angel Passing Through")! Then there are the Norse folk tales, which are obviously close to home. A lack of familiarity with some of the material, however, will help the listener focus on the purity of her voice. The one quality she possesses that some of her pop-classical counterparts don't is restraint, and the production is very focused on her voice rather than on booming production and powerhouse grooves (though she boasts punkers and rappers on her résumé). The collection was recorded in Norway with the internationally renowned Trondheim Soloists.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947631309
catalogNumber:
000614002
Rank:
15922

Tracks

  1. Folk Tunes (50) from Hardanger, for piano, Op, 150: No. 1, Vél komne me
  2. Aria
  3. Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme
  4. When I am laid in earth (from "Dido and Aeneas"), soprano aria (Dido's
  5. In Paradisum (Into Paradise)
  6. Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra (adapted from Intermezzo of "Cavalleri
  7. Vitae Lux, song
  8. Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro (None shall win eternal peace), hymn
  9. Bereden väg för Herran (Prepare the Way for the Lord), hymn
  10. I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls, aria (from "The Bohemian Girl")
  11. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by R
  12. Like an Angel Passing Through My Room

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sissel Kyrkjebø   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kjetil Bjerkestrand   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Harpsichord
Hans Fredrik Jakobsen   Flute
Hans Fredrik Jacobsen   Flute
Helge Norbakken   Percussion
Gjermund Silset   Bass
Ashild Nyhus   Viola
Bernt Rune Stray   Guitar
Sidsel Walstad   Harp
Havard Gimse   Piano
Hallgrim Bratberg   Guitar
Det Norske Jentekor   Choir, Chorus
Øyvind Gimse   Cello
Åshild Breie Nyhus   Viola
Torjus Vierli   Piano
Johannes Wilk   Harp
Trondheim Soloists (Trondheimsolistene)   Strings
Tino Fjeldli   Violin
Hallgrim Bratberg   Guitar
Hallgrim Bratberg   Guitar
Steffen Blindheim   Oboe
Tino Fjeldli   Violin

Technical Credits

Tomaso Albinoni   Composer
Pietro Mascagni   Composer
Henry Purcell   Composer
Heitor Villa-Lobos   Composer
Kjetil Bjerkestrand   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Andersson   Lyricist

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