Anne Sofie von Otter’s simple songs


Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano – A Simple Song (BIS-2327 SACD)
With Bengt Forsberg, organ
Songs by:
Leonard Bernstein – A Simple Song
Aaron Copland – I’ve heard an organ talk sometimes
Arvo Pärt – My heart’s in the Highlands
Richard Rodgers – Climb ev’ry mountain
Richard Strauss – Traum durch die Daemmerung (and) Morgen
Charles E. Ives – Serenity
Maurice Duruflé – Pie Jesu
Franz Liszt – Ave Maria
Gustav Mahler – Es sungen drei Engel (and) Urlicht
Frank Martin – Agnus Dei
Olivier Messiaen – Three songs
Francis Poulenc – Priez pour paix
Produced and engineered by Marion Schwebel

This past November BIS released this charming CD of songs by diverse composers, unified by texts which deal with spirituality and faith, and which has as its main attraction the remarkably fresh-voiced mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter.

The Swedish singer, now nearing age 64 can still spin out a seamless legato in Strauss’ iconic Morgen and float high pianissimi as beautifully as she did at the height of her operatic career as one of the great Octavians of our time.

Bengt Forsber is one of Europe’s great organists and he accompanies the singer with utter attentiveness and delicacy.

The packaging includes song translations and nice program notes.

Rafael de Acha