Mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland is famous for her strong stage presence and musical integrity. Gramophone Magazine writes about her: “The mezzo-soprano is quite outstanding: strong, firm, sensitive in modulations, imaginative in her treatment of words, with a voice pure in quality, wide in range and unfalteringly true in intonation.”
Considered today one of Europe’s leading singers, she says of this new recording: “As my career has progressed, I have had the chance to make numerous recordings featuring a variety of repertoires, and I have always felt the desire to record the songs of Sibelius. A wonderful opportunity presented itself when the Norwegian Radio Orchestra with Chief Conductor Petr Popelka expressed its willingness to be part of such a recording. Virtually all Sibelius songs are written for voice and piano, but many of them seem as though made for orchestral sounds and instrumental subtlety. Therefore a number of his finest songs have fortunately been orchestrated, and it is these editions we have used for this recording. A few of the orchestrations were done by Sibelius himself, one by his contemporary, Simon Parmet (n Pergament), while several were orchestrated by his own son-in-law, conductor Jussi Jalas. This album presents orchestrated songs of Sibelius from four opus numbers: 17, 36, 37 and 38.”
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Marianne Beate Kielland – Vocals
Petr Popelka – Conductor
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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Total time: 00:44:12
|Original Recording Format
|September 23, 2022
Kielland’s voice is rich, full and expressive, without being plummy. She has a lovely delicate touch to her singing which I very much like. And her phrasing is eminently expressive, even without knowing the translation of the texts she sings. Also, she seems to have an inexhaustible reserve of power in her voice without every sounding strident. Just excellent.
The recording nicely balances Kielland’s voice with the orchestra. She is very much the focal point, but not spotlighted as sometimes happens. Instead, we have a very nice partnership of solo voice and supporting orchestra, both completely and sympathetically and supportively in sync with each other. Instrumental detail, such as the harp in “Fågellek” (Op. 17, No. 3), is clear and detailed, with excellent capture of timbre.
…this recital will open up a new world for many a Sibelius enthusiast unfamiliar with these lovely songs.
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