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Label: haenssler CLASSIC
Catalog: HC20047

Gülbadamova, Sofja

“Many of the works on this recording are declarations of love; for example the infinitely heartfelt “Serenade” by Edward Elgar which was a gift from the composer to his wife on their third wedding anniversary, and had its premiere in Antwerp in 1896. Likewise, the song “Jeg elsker dig” (I love you) was composed by Edvard Grieg for his beloved wife, the singer Nina Hagerup. I was, however, much more inspired by the all-embracing concept of love and with the contemplation and feelings that arise when listening to this music. The most sublime expression of this is probably “Du bist die Ruh” (You are repose) by Franz Schubert – one of those works which, regardless of its length, and with its mood of almost religious contemplation, its elevated gratitude and ensouled intimacy, is able to transfigure earthly existence into eternal bliss. It is among the most poignant works that a composer’s pen has ever produced. Naturally the selected repertoire is, in a veiled form, also an exploration of – and immersion in – my own roots; a manifestation of my identity.” (Sofja Gülbadamova)

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