Stockholmwith Fabian Fredriksson, electric guitar; Sharon Bezaly, flute; Margareta Nilsson, harp; Nils-Erik Sparf, violin; Ellen Nisbeth, viola; Marie McLeod, cello
Leonard Bernstein: A Simple Song, from MassAaron Copland: I've heard an organ talk sometimesCharles Ives: SerenityGustav Mahler: EssungendreiEngel; UrlichtRichard Strauss: Traumdurchdie Dammerung; MorgenArvoPart: My Heart's in the HighlandsMaurice Durufle: Pie Jesu from RequiemOlivier Messiaen: Trois melodiesFrancis Poulenc: Priezpour paixFrank Martin: Agnus Dei from RequiemArvoPart: Essang vorlangenJahrenFranz Liszt: Ave Maria III (Sposalizio)Richard Rodgers: Climb ev'rymountain from The Sound of Music
A brief glance at the list of contents is enough to reveal who the singer is –only Anne Sofievon Ottercould have come up with a programme as varied and wide-ranging. And only von Otter could hold it together seamlessly by finding the resonances between these very different pieces, and bringing them out with a rare ability of embracing different singing styles and expressive registers: to paraphrase Bernsteinin his A Simple Song, Anne Sofievon Otter never fails to ‘sing like she likes to sing'.
From Lisztto Partand from Mahler's Resurrection Symphonyto Richard Rodgers' Sound of Music, von Otter is supported by her long-time accompanist Bengt Forsberg, here at the organ instead of his usual piano. At various points in the programme they are joined by a number of musical friends, in the organ loft of St James's Church in central Stockholm –the very church where the young von Otter began her singing career as a chorister and, together with Forsberg, gave one of her very first public concerts.
01. A Simple Song, from Mass. 4'35
02. I've heard an organ talk sometimes. 2'07
Charles E. Ives
03. Serenity. 2'33
04. Es sungen drei Engel. 4'13
05. Urlicht. 5'11
06. Traum durch die Dammerung. 2'51
07. Morgen. 4'10
08. My Heart's in the Highlands. 7'11
09. Pie Jesu, from Requiem. 3'45
Trois melodies (1930). 6'34.
10. Pourquoi ?. 2'03
11. Le sourire. 1'44
12. La fiancee perdue. 2'47
13. Priez pour paix. 2'08
14. Agnus Dei, from Requiem. 5'57
15. Es sang vor langen Jahren. 4'54
16. Ave Maria III (Sposalizio), S. 60. 7'38
from The Sound of Music. .
17. Climb ev'ry mountain. 5'06
.Album total. 69'01