Songs of Schubert, Sibelius & Grieg

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Soprano Miah Persson is a warmly engaging singer and Roger Vignoles is the model of an intelligent, supportive accompanist, but the sterile and unforgiving acoustics of the sound of the Wigmore Hall release doesn't do the performers any favors. The album is also recorded at a somewhat low level, so the volume may need a boost. Early in the recital Persson doesn't sound entirely loosened up. In the songs early in the opening set of Schubert lieder she doesn't quite convey the effortless agility and shimmer that characterize the later Schubert, Grieg, and Sibelius songs and that are typical of her singing in general. The sensitivity of her feeling and her intuitive grasp ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Soprano Miah Persson is a warmly engaging singer and Roger Vignoles is the model of an intelligent, supportive accompanist, but the sterile and unforgiving acoustics of the sound of the Wigmore Hall release doesn't do the performers any favors. The album is also recorded at a somewhat low level, so the volume may need a boost. Early in the recital Persson doesn't sound entirely loosened up. In the songs early in the opening set of Schubert lieder she doesn't quite convey the effortless agility and shimmer that characterize the later Schubert, Grieg, and Sibelius songs and that are typical of her singing in general. The sensitivity of her feeling and her intuitive grasp of the music and texts are immediately evident, and as the recital progresses, the ease and freedom of her vocal production blossom and catch up with the strength of her interpretive skill. She sounds entirely at ease in "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen," with clarinetist Richard Hosford, which she sings with beautifully modulated colors, a gleaming tone, and great passion; it's one of the highlights of the album. The Sibelius songs, in her native Finnish, soar radiantly and naturally. Vignoles' performances are supple and responsive, but unusually circumspect, almost to the point of being self-effacing. Persson is a theatrically astute singer, best known for her performances in opera, and this release demonstrates her substantial gifts in the smaller dramas of art songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Wigmore Hall Live
  • EAN: 5065000924546
  • Catalog Number: 52
  • Sales rank: 202,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Suleika I ("Was bedeutet die Bewegung"), song for voice & piano, D. 720 (Op. 14/1) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (5:17)
  2. 2 Ganymed ("Wie im Morgenglanze"), song for voice & piano, D. 544 (Op. 19/3) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (4:17)
  3. 3 Lied der Mignon ("Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"), song for voice & piano, D. 877/4 (Op. 62/4) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (3:04)
  4. 4 Rastlose Liebe ("Dem Schnee, dem Regen"), song for voice & piano, D. 138 (Op. 5/1) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:20)
  5. 5 Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3) - Franz Schubert & Friedrich Rückert (4:30)
  6. 6 Auf dem Wasser zu singen ("Mitten im Schimmer der spiegelnden Wellen"), song for voice & piano, D. 774 (Op. 72) - Franz Schubert & Richard Stokes (3:46)
  7. 7 Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (4:24)
  8. 8 Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & piano, D. 965 (Op. posth. 129) - Franz Schubert & Richard Hosford (11:47)
  9. 9–14 Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48 - Walther von der Vogelweide & Edvard Grieg (14:21)
  10. 10 Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4 - Jean Sibelius & Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1:36)
  11. 11 The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 - Jean Sibelius & Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1:46)
  12. 12 Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4 - Jean Sibelius & Miah Persson (1:44)
  13. 13 Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4 - Jean Sibelius & Gustaf Froding (2:18)
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Performance Credits
Miah Persson Primary Artist
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