About the album
“Voices of Women” is the second CD release of mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith and pianist Einar Røttingen as a duo. Featured this time are Fartein Valen, Jostein Stalheim and Ketil Hvoslef, all composers from Western Norway.
The recording highlights women’s voices in world literature: Goethe’s female characters “Mignon” and “Suleika”, Shakespeare’s “Ophelia” from “Hamlet”, and the gospel according to Mary Magdalene. The musicians wish this time to place their focus on contemporary Norwegian music composed for voice and piano, and two of the works were written especially for them.
11Drei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 6 I. Sakontala
12Drei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 6 II. Weiss Wie Lilien
13Drei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 6 III. Suleika
15Mignon - Zwei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 7 Heiss mich nicht reden
16Mignon - Zwei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 7 So lasst mich scheinen
17From the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene