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Otter, Forsberg – Noël (APE)

Otter, Forsberg - Noël (APE)

Otter, Forsberg – Noël (APE)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Decca
Size: 167 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Nordqvist: Nordqvist: Jul, Jul stralende jul
02. Widéen: Gläns över sjö och strand
03. Traditional: Pris vare gud
04. Backer-Gröndahl: Melodi
05. Lyapunov: Chanteurs de Noels
06. Sibelius: Nu sa kommer julen, Op.1, No.2
07. Sibelius: Giv mig ej glans, Op.1, No.4
08. Sibelius: Five Pieces, Op.75 for piano – 5. The Spruce
09. Grieg: Julens Vuggesang
10. Grainger: Grainger: Blithe Bells
11. Quilter: The Cradle in Bethlehem
12. Head: The Three Mummers
13. Grainger: Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol
14. Traditional: So Blest a Sight
15. Chaminade: Le Noel des oiseaux
16. Gounod: Noel
17. Sibelius: Luonnoksia, Op. 114 – 2. Talvikuva
18. Reger: Marias vaggsång (org.Mariae Wiegenlied)
19. Cornelius: 6 Weihnachtslieder Opus 8 – 1. Christbaum
20. Cornelius: 6 Weihnachtslieder Opus 8 – 2. Die Hirten
21. Cornelius: 6 Weihnachtslieder Opus 8 – 3. Die Könige
22. J.S. Bach: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147 – Jesu bleibet meine Freude
23. Nin y Castellanos: Villancicos espanolas – Villancico Vasco
24. Nin y Castellanos: Villancicos espanolas – Villancico Castellano
25. Nin y Castellanos: Villancicos espanolas – Villancico de Córdoba
26. Nin y Castellanos: Villancicos espanolas – Villancico Andaluz
27. J.S. Bach: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier, BWV 469
28. J.S. Bach: Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland Bwv 659

I found this disc used at a Half Price Books store a few years ago; bought it because I love the voice of Anne Sofie von Otter. This remains one of my favorite discs – not just holiday albums – but all time. This Christmas recital is filled with beautiful gems, some well-known, and other virtually unheard. It’s a wonderful change from the constant releases of albums that only offer another watered down arrangement of a popular Christmas carol. von Otter’s voice is warm and comforting, and the piano accompaniment is beautifully and delicately played by Bengt Forsberg. But it’s not just song after song of the two artists together. There are tracks that von Otter sings a cappella, as well as tracks that Forsberg plays solo piano pieces (the Grainger arrangement of ‘The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol’ is stunning). If you are looking for a beautiful Christmas album that strays away from the all-too-familiar path, this is the one to get. Between this album and Jessye Norman’s Christmastide album, I have all I need for the holiday season.

2 thoughts on “Otter, Forsberg – Noël (APE)”

  1. Missing track – No. 23 is missing: should be “Villancico gallego”, and there should be 29 tracks (not 28).

    Thanks for the beautiful album anyways!

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