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Edvard Grieg

Magnus Staveland • Carl Høgset


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Edvard Grieg's vocal output is rich, wide-ranging - and heterogeneous.   He seems to have felt equally at home in any kind of writing technique, his oeuvre consisting of anything from small children's songs and burlesque folkloristic compositions on anonymous texts to grand-scale religious works and dramatic song cycles based on poetry by internationally outstanding Norwegian poets.

What really fascinates in this polychromatic world of songs and choral settings is the total lack of formal consistency between works within the same opus number - Grieg obviously didn't mind at all putting together songs of the most opposite aesthetic contents.   One might even suspect that he fancied this kind of formal pluralism, or that he in some cases just organized his songs in categories more based on score settings than on chronology and texture.

Planning a comprehensive CD recording of Edvard Grieg's choral music therefore calls for a great deal of programmatic consideration: should one perform the songs in their original order of appearance or present them assorted to genre?   This recording does the latter, thus generating a dynamic vocal image of Grieg's compositional genius.

Album for Male Voices, op. 30
& Seven Children's Songs, op. 61

01. Children's song (op. 30-2)     1:59
02. Farmyard-song (op. 61-3)     0:42
03. Halling (op. 30-8)     1:02
04. Good-night song for Dobbin (op. 61-5)     1:45
05. Kvålin's Halling (op. 30-4)     3:38
06. The Ocean (op. 61-1)     0:46
07. The Christmas tree (op. 61-2)     2:05
08. It is the greatest foolishness (op. 30-5)     1:57
09. Springdans (springar) (op. 30-6)     1:17
10. Young Ole (op. 30-7)     2:24
11. Fisherman's song (op. 61-4)     0:59
12. Fairest among women (op. 30-9)     2:14
13. The great white host (op. 30-10)     2:54
14. The Gipsy lad (op. 30-11)     1:07
15. Røtnams-Knut (op. 30-12)     1:01
16. The Norwegian mountains (op. 61-6)     2:35
17. I lay down so late (op. 30-1)     4:23
18. Fatherland hymn (op. 61-7)     2:32
19. Little Torø (op. 30-3)     2:28
20. Last Spring, op. 33 nr. 2     4:42

21. Whitsun Hymn, op. 23 nr. 25     1:27

22. Ave, Maris Stella, EG 150     3:09

Four Psalms, op. 74 23. How fair is thy face     5:19
24. God's son hath set me free     5:31
25. Jesus Christ our Lord is risen     6:50
26. In Heav'n above     5:48

Carl Høgset
Magnus Staveland tenor
Daníel Óskar Daníelsson
bass-baritone “Kvålin's Halling”

Total Time     70:50

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