Composer: George Gershwin, Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill
Performer: Torsten Mossberg, Stina Hellberg Agback
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 265 MB
01. Weill: Oh Captain! My Captain!
02. Weill: Dirge For Two Veterans
03. Weill: Es regnet
04. Weill: My ship
05. Strauss: Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3
06. Strauss: Breit’ über mein Haupt Op. 19 No. 2
07. Strauss: Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
08. Strauss: Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1
09. Gershwin: Oh, Lady Be Good!
10. Gershwin: Someone to Watch over Me
11. Gershwin: How Long Has This Been Going On
12. Gershwin: But Not for Me
13. Gershwin: They Can’t Take That Away From Me
14. Gershwin: Love Is Here to Stay
A harp creates completely different overtones than a grand piano, which makes a big difference between singing with the accompaniment of a harp, and a grand piano. The singer has to adjust the ears to a completely different sound that partly supports the song well, but also makes it difficult for the singer to intonate; the singer is more vulnerable than with a piano accompaniment. The harp’s design makes it hard for the harpist to quickly make key changes and modulations, that for a pianist is natural, or even simple. Sometimes the key has to be adapted to the harp’s capability. A good and direct communication between singer and accompanist is always essential, regardless of accompaniment. Even a flexible and sensitive harpist can experience more difficulties to shift tempo than a pianist, forcing the singer to phrase different than singing to the piano or guitar. However, such difficulties must be tackled and afterwards the cooperation can be rewarded with an emergence of a magical atmosphere. Since the harpist Stina Hellberg Agback is also a skilful improviser, another dimension is added, here in the songs by George Gershwin.