A Simple Song ()

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composed by Aaron Copland, Arvo Pärt, Charles Ives, Francis Poulenc, Frank Martin, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messiaen, Richard Rodgers, Richard Strauss

Listening to this recital by Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, one is struck by the number of things that could have gone wrong. Several of the tracks are influenced by (or, in the case of the final Climb Ev'ry Mountain, come directly from) American popular vocal idioms, and this is the black belt for European singers: even though von Otter has recorded pop music in the past, one may still be impressed by her mastery of the Broadway sound heard in the title track, from Leonard Bernstein's Mass. The device of ...

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  1. A Simple Song, for voice & piano (from "Mass")
  2. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emily Dickinson"): I've Heard An Organ Talk Sometimes
  3. Serenity, song for voice & piano, S. 347 (K. 6B60d)
  4. Es sungen drei Engel, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in F major (Des Knaben Wunderhorn No. 11)
  5. Urlicht, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in D flat major (Des Knaben Wunderhorn No. 12)
  6. Traum durch die Dämmerung ("Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 29/1 (TrV 172/1)
  7. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
  8. My Heart's in the Highlands, for chorus (or alto or countertenor) & organ
  9. Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): Pie Jesu
  10. Mélodies (3), for soprano & piano, I/4
  11. Priez pour paix, song for voice & piano, FP 95
  12. Requiem for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ: Agnus Dei
  13. Es sang vor langen Jahren, for counter-tenor or alto with violin & viola
  14. Sposalizio (Zur Trauung; Ave Maria III) for voice, unison chorus & organ, S. 60 (LW J44):
  15. Climb Ev'ry Mountain, song (from "The Sound of Music")
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A Simple Song
2019, BIS

UPC: 7318599923277

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