I skogen – Nordic Songs Camilla Tilling (soprano)



Classical Music 


6 August 2015

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Hugo Alfvén

Skogen sover, Op. 28 No. 6 (The Forest is Sleeping)

Edvard Hagerup Grieg

En svane (No. 2 from Seks Digte af Henrik Ibsen, Op. 25) (A Swan)

Seks Sange, Op. 48 (Six Songs)

Jean Sibelius

Norden, Op. 90 No. 1 (Runeberg) (The North)

Six Songs, Op. 50

Skograet, JS 171

Karl Vilhelm Eugen Stenhammar

Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The girl comes from meeting her lover)

Four Songs from ‘Visor och stamningar’, Op. 26

I skogen (In the Forest)


Paul Rivinius (Piano), Camilla Tilling (Soprano)

Known to opera audiences worldwide, Camilla Tilling is also a dedicated recitalist. On two previous BIS releases, the Swedish soprano and her musical partner Paul Rivinius have interpreted Strauss as well as Schubert, to critical acclaim: ‘Tilling takes her place among the leading Strauss sopranos of the day’ (Sunday Times); ‘a Schubert recital of rare pedigree’ (Gramophone). On her present offering she turns northwards, interpreting songs by Grieg, Sibelius and Wilhelm Stenhammar. The disc takes its title from an early song by Stenhammar, I skogen (‘In the forest’), and many of the selected songs are either played out in or depict natural settings, in a manner we are familiar with from Nordic composers. Stenhammar’s contributions are all settings of poems in Swedish, but even though Sibelius and Grieg are represented mainly with settings of German texts – with the notable exceptions of Grieg’s emblematic En Svane (‘A Swan’) and Sibelius’s Norden (‘The North’) and Skogsrået (‘The Wood-Nymph’) – a tendency to give nature a musical leading role is evident. The programme closes with a single song by Hugo Alfvén – Skogen sover (‘The forest sleeps’).