Lise Davidsen - Leif Ove Andsnes

Edvard Grieg

Decca Classics
Release Date: January 7, 2022

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Grieg: 6 Songs, Op. 25: 2. En Svane
1 The Mountain Maid (Haugtussa), Op. 67  
2 6 Poems, Op. 25  
3 6 Elegiac Poems, Op. 59  
4 Melodies of the Heart, Op. 5: III. I Love You  
5 Poems, Op. 60: V. Midsummer Eve  
6 12 Melodies, Op. 33: IX. In the Hills  
7 5 Poems, Op. 69  
8 Romances and Songs, Op.18: V. Poesy  
9 6 Lieder, Op. 48  
10 12 Melodies, Op. 33: II. Spring  
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Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes, two Norwegian artists who have risen to the top of the classical music world, have collaborated for the first time on a new album of Edvard Grieg songs to be released on Decca Classics on 7 January. The album will be followed by a European recital tour, providing listeners and audiences the opportunity to experience Norway’s leading classical artists performing the songs of their country’s greatest composer.

Lise Davidsen has been hailed by The New York Times as the soprano with a “one-in-a-million voice”. Since winning Plácido Domingo’s Operalia and Queen Sonja competitions in 2015, she has starred in leading roles at the world’s greatest opera houses and has released two UK Classical Number 1 albums on Decca Classics. Davidsen teams up with her compatriot Leif Ove Andsnes, the pianist praised by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.”

Recording in the Norwegian town of Bodø in the Arctic Circle, Davidsen and Andsnes immersed themselves in music that is central to their country’s musical identity. ‘Everyone in Norway knows this music,’ Davidsen says. ‘I am very aware of the conventions of how it “should” be done and by whom. This project was about listening to the music on our own terms, trying to find our Grieg sound.’

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