Whispering Mozart (2016)


Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen

We who can look back on centuries of music history, and listen to the development of music over the same period of time, do not regard Mozart as the ultimate source of music. He was, to be sure, one of the greatest musical geniuses the world has ever known; yet he was, at the same time, but one of a number of musicians and composers whose impact over the course of history has made music what it is today. 

When we consider the development of classical song as an art form, however, Mozart must be seen as one of the pioneers. It was he who elevated the song from domestic and traditional music to the realm of serious music. And with Mozart we have the entire spectrum of what a song can be. Many are in simple verse form — such as the very familiar “Im Frühlingsanfang” — and can be sung by just about anyone. But Mozart developed the song into something larger and more complex, with greater technical challenges and more innovative musical progression. “Abendempfindung” and, especially, “Eine kleine deutsche Kantate” represent the apex of Mozart’s achievement in this regard. 

To do the songs of Mozart is indeed something of a challenge, precisely because they are so simple. Excessive pathos or outpouring of feeling is unsuitable . Emotion is to be expressed, of course, but it must be confined to the delicate and simpler limits that Mozart has established. I have chosen, therefore, to call the album “Whispering Mozart”, for that is how it feels to sing this material: as though you are whispering the words and melodies to the few who have gathered in your living room to listen … 

— Marianne Beate Kielland

Read more

Marianne Beate Kielland

Marianne Beate Kielland has established herself as one of the foremost singers of Scandinavia, and is one of the few Norwegian singers to have received a Grammy nomination. The versatile mezzo soprano started her international career as an ensemble member of Staatsoper Hannover. Since then she has been working frequently with leading orchestras and ensembles and enjoying a vast concert repertoire spanning from early 17th century works through to Classical, Romantic and the contemporary eras.

Recent season highlights include Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the 18th Century Orchestra on tour to the Netherlands, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Messiah with Malmö Symphony, Bach's St John Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, St Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic, and Haydn Seven Last Words with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Her recent symphonic and oratorio appearances include Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Mass in B minor with Gothenburg Symphony, Gli Angeli Genève and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Christmas Oratorio with Tonkünstler Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with Bachstiftung St. Gallen, Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres with The King's Consort, Handel's Messiah with Musica Vitae, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Arianna a Naxos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Anima Eterna, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and at the Sydney Opera House, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Songs of a Wayfarer with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Berio's Folksongs with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

She has also appeared with other major orchestras and ensembles including Wiener Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Orchestra, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Europa Galante, Les Talens Lyriques, RIAS Kammerchor, Anima Eterna, Le Concert des Nations, Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan; and has worked with such distinguished conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Helmut Rilling, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård and Robin Ticciati.

Ms. Kielland has made more than 40 recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and songs by Mahler, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen. In 2012 she was nominated to a GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Veslemøy Synsk, which features works by composers Edvard Grieg and Olav Anton Thommesen. She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen and the duo has appeared across Europe.

She has 7 DSD albums at the NativeDSD Music store.  This includes recordings from 2L and LAWO Classics.



Nils Anders Mortensen

Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord in 1971. He began playing piano at age three, and in 1986 he won the Norwegian Young Pianist Competition. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, École Normale in Paris, and Hochschule fu?r Musik und Theater in Hannover with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Other important teachers have been Tatjana Nikolajeva and Hans Leygraf.

In 1996 Nils Anders Mortensen was the recipient of the prestigious Concerts Norway “Debutant of the Year” award. He has won international prizes and grants. In 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 Mortensen received the Robert Levin Memorial Prize.


Mortensen has appeared as soloist with Norway’s leading orchestras. He recorded piano concertos of Geirr Tveitt with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. His solo album Im Freien, with music of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews. Mortensen has also released four recordings with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland on the LAWO Classics label: Früh (LWC1033), Sæle jolekveld (LWC1040), Grieg (LWC1059) and Young Elling (LWC1072).

Read more

Whispering Mozart (2016)


Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen

Cables: Mogami
Digital Converters: Merging Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: THOMAS WOLDEN
Microphones: DPA 4006A,Neumann TLM 170, DPA 4015
Recording Engineer: THOMAS WOLDEN
Recording location: VÅGAN CHURCH, LOFOTEN
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: PSI A21

Quality & Channel Selection
Select Quality and Channels to calculate the price below More info



With an active NativeDSD Plus Subscription you have access to all lower DSD rates after purchase. Learn more.
Album Download duration price
LWC1111: Whispering Mozart
01:04:34   Select quality & channels above
Das Traumbild
00:05:23   Select quality & channels above
Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge
00:01:40   Select quality & channels above
Das Lied der Trennung
00:07:09   Select quality & channels above
Die betrogene Welt
00:03:04   Select quality & channels above
An Chloe
00:02:28   Select quality & channels above
An die Freundschaft
00:03:09   Select quality & channels above
Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen
00:01:42   Select quality & channels above
00:04:41   Select quality & channels above
Eine kleine deutsche Kantate
00:07:07   Select quality & channels above
Das Veilchen
00:02:18   Select quality & channels above
An die Freude
00:02:27   Select quality & channels above
Ich würd auf meinem Pfad
00:02:17   Select quality & channels above
Bruder, lasst uns lustig sein
00:01:11   Select quality & channels above
Die Zufriedenheit
00:02:56   Select quality & channels above
Der Zauberer
00:01:53   Select quality & channels above
An die Einsamkeit
00:03:31   Select quality & channels above
An die Bescheidenheit
00:02:29   Select quality & channels above
Geheime Liebe
00:02:18   Select quality & channels above
Im Fruhlingsanfang
00:02:54   Select quality & channels above
Daphne, deine Rosenwangen
00:02:16   Select quality & channels above
Komm, liebe Zither
00:01:41   Select quality & channels above

Connected Albums

User Reviews

Other albums from this label