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Songs and Piano Music

Helene Wold / Eugene Asti

Songs and Piano Music

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Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181318
Catnr: LWC 1119
Release date: 02 June 2017
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Lawo Classics
UPC
7090020181318
Catalogue number
LWC 1119
Release date
02 June 2017

"The music is attractive and interesting, and this is brought out by the excellent recorded sound. We should be thankful to both performers and Lawo for bringing us this wonderful disc."

Music Web International, 01-11-2017
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About the album

With but a handful of songs, a few piano pieces and some incidental music, Ricard Nordraak (1842-1866), at the age of twenty-three, succeeded in achieving mythical status in Norwegian cultural life. He lived at a time when an early death had led to such a status, from Goethe’s "Sorrows of Young Werther" via Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn, to our own Henrik Wergeland.

There is so much that remains unexpressed and unrealised in the figure of Rikard Nordraak, so much that has to do with what he could have accomplished. Would he have composed the lofty Norwegian opera of which Bjørnson had dreamed? Might he have written the great Norwegian Romantic symphony? Or, owing to his rather easy-going disposition, might he have slipped steadily into obscurity?

Mit nur wenigen Klavierstücken gelang es Ricard Nordraak (1842-1866) im Alter von dreiundzwanzig Jahren, im norwegischen Kulturleben einen legendären Status zu erlangen. Er lebte zu einer Zeit, als ein früherer Tod zu einem solchen Status geführt hatte, von Goethes "Schmerzen des jungen Werther" über Mozart, Schubert und Mendelssohn zu unserem eigenen Dichter Henrik Wergeland.

Es gibt so vieles, das in der Gestalt von Rikard Nordraak unausgesprochen und unrealisiert bleibt, so viel, was mit dem zu tun hat, was er hätte erreichen können. Hätte er die hohe norwegische Oper komponiert, von der Bjørnson geträumt hatte? Könnte er die große norwegische romantische Symphonie geschrieben haben? Oder aber, wegen seiner leichten Disposition, wäre er in Vergessenheit geraten?

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Eugene Asti (piano)

Eugene Asti studied at the Mannes College of Music, New York with Jeannette Haien where he earned his B.Mus. and M.A. and subsequently studied piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Eugene now teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is Vocal Accompaniment Coordinator at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and regularly gives masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.   One of the foremost accompanists of his generation, he has performed with many great artists including Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Sarah Connolly, Sir Willard White, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir Bryn Terfel, Angelika Kirchschlager, and Dame Margaret Price in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, London;...
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Eugene Asti studied at the Mannes College of Music, New York with Jeannette Haien where he earned his B.Mus. and M.A. and subsequently studied piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Eugene now teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is Vocal Accompaniment Coordinator at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and regularly gives masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.
One of the foremost accompanists of his generation, he has performed with many great artists including Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Sarah Connolly, Sir Willard White, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir Bryn Terfel, Angelika Kirchschlager, and Dame Margaret Price in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, London; the Musikverein in Vienna; Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Kölner Philharmonie; the Megaron in Athens; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin; Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. He also performs regularly with many leading recitalists such as Sophie Karthäuser, Sophie Daneman, Katherine Broderick, Mhairi Lawson, Helene Wold, Roderick Williams, Stephan Loges, Mark Padmore and James Rutherford.
His many recordings include the complete songs and duets by Felix Mendelssohn, songs by Fanny Mendelssohn and the complete songs of Clara Schumann all for Hyperion. Other recordings include a live recital disc with Dame Sarah Connolly for Signum; the complete Mozart songs with Sophie Karthäuser and Stephan Loges for Cyprès; a disc of Schumann Lieder entitled "Songs of Love and Loss" with Sarah Connolly for Chandos; a recital of English song entitled "Most Grand to Die" and Schubert’s "Schwanengesang" for BIS with James Rutherford and most recently, a disc of Poulenc songs "Les Anges Musiciens" and Hugo Wolf "Kennst du das Land" both with Sophie Karthäuser for Harmonia Mundi. For LAWO Classics he has recorded a disc of Norwegian inspired songs called "Roser og Kjerlighed" (LWC1029) with Helene Wold, Per Andreas Tønder and Vegard Lund and a disc of songs and piano music by Rikard Nordraak (LWC1119) with Helene Wold. Future recordings include a disc of Debussy songs with Sophie Karthäuser for Harmonia Mundi and Schubert’s "Winterreise" with James Rutherford for BIS.
In 2009 Eugene devised and curated a recital series to honour the anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn, for London’s King’s Place. He has also completed an edition of rare Mendelssohn songs for Bärenreiter which was published in 2008. Recent engagements include recitals with Sophie Karthaüser at the Landeskonservatorium, Innsbruck and La Monnaie, Brussels; a recital with Sir Bryn Terfel at the Dresden Music Festival; recitals at the Oxford Lieder and Spring Festivals with Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Sarah Connolly, Sophie Karthäuser, Roderick Williams, Stephan Loges and Mhairi Lawson; and he shared the platform with pianist Graham Johnson and seventeen of the finest young singers of today for the season’s final song recital at the Wigmore Hall.
Future plans include recitals with Dame Sarah Connolly, Sophie Karthäuser, Stephan Loges and James Newby at the Oxford Lieder Festival; with Dame Sarah Connolly at the Wigmore Hall; with Sophie Karthaüser at the Vortragssaal, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and in Zürich; with Stephan Loges at the Barbican in London and in Harrogate; and with Sir Willard White at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham. Eugene is a Steinway Artist.

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Helene Wold (soprano)

Helene Wold studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio in London. Since completing her studies she has performed as soloist with a number of opera houses in Europe, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England. Operatic roles have included: Zerlina («Don Giovanni»), Susanna and Barbarina («Le Nozze di Figaro»), Amor («Orfeo ed Euridice»), Silberklang («Der Schauspieldirektor»), Belinda («Dido and Aeneas»), Lucy («The Telephone), and Oscar («Un Ballo in Maschera»). In 2011 she was both actor and singer (Helena) in «Alvedronningen», a combined performance of «The Fairy-Queen» by Purcell and Shakespeare’s «A Midsummer Night’s Dream», at Ramme Gaard in Hvitsten. Besides performing as an opera singer, she often appears in...
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Helene Wold studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio in London. Since completing her studies she has performed as soloist with a number of opera houses in Europe, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England.
Operatic roles have included: Zerlina («Don Giovanni»), Susanna and Barbarina («Le Nozze di Figaro»), Amor («Orfeo ed Euridice»), Silberklang («Der Schauspieldirektor»), Belinda («Dido and Aeneas»), Lucy («The Telephone), and Oscar («Un Ballo in Maschera»). In 2011 she was both actor and singer (Helena) in «Alvedronningen», a combined performance of «The Fairy-Queen» by Purcell and Shakespeare’s «A Midsummer Night’s Dream», at Ramme Gaard in Hvitsten. Besides performing as an opera singer, she often appears in oratorios and concerts of early and contemporary music.
The classical song and Lieder repertoire is close to Helene’s heart. She performs regularly with Liv Glaser (fortepiano), Eugene Asti (piano), and Vegard Lund (early guitars). Recital-venues have included Troldhaugen and Den Gamle Logen in Norway, and Purcell Room, Queen Elisabeth Hall, and Wigmore Hall in England. In 1992 Helene and Vegard Lund won the Portallion Chamber Music Prize in London.
Helene has sung with Norway’s leading symphony orchestras, and toured in Japan, South Africa, and Europe. She currently teaches song at The Barrat Due Institute of Music in Oslo.
Helene Wold has previously released three CDs on the LAWO Classics label: «Lieder mit und ohne Worte» (LWC1011), songs and melodies from the Romantic Period, with Vegard Lund; «Roser og Kjerlighed» (LWC1029), a collection of Norwegian and Danish songs from the 19th century, with Eugene Asti, Per-Andreas Tønder and Vegard Lund; and «Liebestreu» (LWC1053), songs by Schumann, Brahms og Mendelssohn, with Liv Glaser.

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The music is attractive and interesting, and this is brought out by the excellent recorded sound. We should be thankful to both performers and Lawo for bringing us this wonderful disc.
Music Web International, 01-11-2017

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01.
Valse-Caprice
02:27
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
02.
Aftenstemning
02:05
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
03.
Venskabspolka
02:16
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
04.
Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden
02:34
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
05.
Melodi
01:55
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
06.
Opus 2: I. Tonen
02:51
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
07.
Opus 2: II. Træet
01:32
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
08.
Opus 2: III. Solvejge
02:44
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
09.
Opus 2: IV. En underlig Vise
02:44
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
10.
Opus 2: V. Killebukken
01:02
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
11.
Allegro
02:34
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
12.
Scherzo-Capriccio
08:17
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
13.
Taarnvægteren
01:09
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
14.
Opus 1: I. Jeg har søgt
02:27
(Rikard Nordraak) Helene Wold, Eugene Asti
15.
Opus 1: II. Romance Ingerid Sletten
02:44
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
16.
Opus 1: III. Holder du af mig?
02:39
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
17.
Opus 1: IV. Romance Liden Gunvor
03:16
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
18.
Opus 1: V. Over de høie Fjælde
04:15
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
19.
Opus 1: VI. Synnøves Sang
01:57
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold
20.
Fire Dandse For Piano: I. Jagt-Polka
02:11
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
21.
Fire Dandse For Piano: II. Klingenberg-Polka-Mazurka
02:52
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
22.
Fire Dandse For Piano: III. Nora-Varsoviana
04:04
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
23.
Fire Dandse For Piano: IV. Flora-Polka
02:36
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
24.
Troubadour-Vals
01:58
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti
25.
Spansk Sang
01:08
(Rikard Nordraak) Eugene Asti, Helene Wold, Vegard Lund
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