Whispering Mozart (2016)

Mozart

Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen

We who can look back on centuries of music history, and listen to the development of music over the same period of time, do not regard Mozart as the ultimate source of music. He was, to be sure, one of the greatest musical geniuses the world has ever known; yet he was, at the same time, but one of a number of musicians and composers whose impact over the course of history has made music what it is today. 
When we consider the development of classical song as an art form, however, Mozart must be seen as one of the pioneers. It was he who elevated the song from domestic and traditional music to the realm of serious music. And with Mozart we have the entire spectrum of what a song can be. Many are in simple verse form — such as the very familiar “Im Frühlingsanfang” — and can be sung by just about anyone. But Mozart developed the song into something larger and more complex, with greater technical challenges and more innovative musical progression. “Abendempfindung” and, especially, “Eine kleine deutsche Kantate” represent the apex of Mozart’s achievement in this regard. 
To do the songs of Mozart is indeed something of a challenge, precisely because they are so simple. Excessive pathos or outpouring of feeling is unsuitable . Emotion is to be expressed, of course, but it must be confined to the delicate and simpler limits that Mozart has established. I have chosen, therefore, to call the album “Whispering Mozart”, for that is how it feels to sing this material: as though you are whispering the words and melodies to the few who have gathered in your living room to listen … 

— Marianne Beate Kielland

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Marianne Beate Kielland

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland is one of Norway’s most distinguished singers and performs regularly on major concert stages in Europe and Japan. Her critically acclaimed recordings on the LAWO Classics label include “Young Elling” (LWC1072) and “Grieg” (LWC1059    

Nils Anders Mortensen

Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord in 1971. He began playing piano at age three, and in 1986 he won the Norwegian Young Pianist Competition. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, École Normale in Paris, and Hochschule fu?r Musik und Theater in Hannover with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Other important teachers have been Tatjana Nikolajeva and Hans Leygraf.

In 1996 Nils Anders Mortensen was the recipient of the prestigious Concerts Norway “Debutant of the Year” award. He has won international prizes and grants. In 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 Mortensen received the Robert Levin Memorial Prize.

 

Mortensen has appeared as soloist with Norway’s leading orchestras. He recorded piano concertos of Geirr Tveitt with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. His solo album Im Freien, with music of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews. Mortensen has also released four recordings with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland on the LAWO Classics label: Früh (LWC1033), Sæle jolekveld (LWC1040), Grieg (LWC1059) and Young Elling (LWC1072).

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Whispering Mozart (2016)

Mozart

Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen

Cables: Mogami
Digital Converters: Merging Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: THOMAS WOLDEN
Microphones: DPA 4006A,Neumann TLM 170, DPA 4015
Producer: VEGARD LANDAAS
Recording Engineer: THOMAS WOLDEN
Recording location: VÅGAN CHURCH, LOFOTEN
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: PSI A21

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Das Traumbild
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Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge
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Das Lied der Trennung
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Die betrogene Welt
Mozart
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An Chloe
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An die Freundschaft
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Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen
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Abendempfindung
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Eine kleine deutsche Kantate
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Das Veilchen
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An die Freude
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Ich würd auf meinem Pfad
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Bruder, lasst uns lustig sein
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Die Zufriedenheit
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Der Zauberer
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An die Einsamkeit
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An die Bescheidenheit
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Geheime Liebe
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Im Fruhlingsanfang
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Daphne, deine Rosenwangen
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Komm, liebe Zither
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