Grieg: Lieder / Davidsen, Andsnes
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen has been hailed by the New York Times as a "one-in-a-million voice" and has released two British number one albums on Decca Classics. Davidsen recorded her new album for Decca Classics with the equally successful Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes who has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as "one of the most gifted musicians of his generation." The world-renowned artists evoke the atmosphere of their homeland on their album with songs by Edvard Grieg Recorded in rural Norway, in the Arctic Circle in Bodø, the album immerses Davidsen and Andsnes immerse themselves in the music that is central to their country's musical identity "Everyone in Norway knows this music," says Davidsen: "This project was about listening to the music on our own terms and finding our Grieg sound." Haugtussa Op. 67, Grieg's only song cycle, is the centerpiece of the album, with lyrics in the regional dialect "Nynorsk." Also heard on the album are the German-language 6 Lieder, Op. 48and selected songs from the cycles Op. 69, Op. 25 and from "Melodies of the Heart." Grieg's setting infuses the form of the romantic narrative song cycle with the distinctive character of his homeland. Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes will tour the repertoire throughout Norway, Germany, Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom.