ERKKI MELARTIN (1875-1937): Among Fresh Flowers, Op. 175/2, The Girl’s Lament, Op. 14/1, The Thornèd Rose, Op. 170/3, Silent Love, Op. 116/5, My heart requries a little child, Op. 116/6, Under the Bird-Cherry Trees, Op. 86/3, Prayer for Rest, Op. 122/6, Elegy, Op. 96/1, Tagore Songs, Op. 105 (w/Jan Söderblom [violin]), See, see how the spring appears, Op. 117/2, As dawn broke, Op. 21/2, Mary’s Lullaby, Op. 3/1, Mary, Mother of God, Op. 151/2, Stars, Op. 151/4, All the stars this night, Op. 73/3, It is June, Op. 77/2, Distant Song, Op. 42/1, From a campfire in the desert, Op. 78/1 (w/ Söderblom [violin]).

Catalogue Number: 02T040

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0416

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Melartin wrote around 250 art-songs, often grouping settings of different languages and different dates into unrelated and sometimes untitled opus numbers. But what might be a nightmare for the musicologist is a treasure trove for the enthusiast for Nordic song, as this recital of some of the best of Melartin’s Swedish settings will prove, with music that often sounds rather like Sibelius tinged with French Impressionism. Swedish-English texts. Hedvig Paulig (soprano), Ilmo Ranta (piano).

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