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Haarklou: Sommernatt - Overbo / Fossheim

Haarklou: Sommernatt - Overbo / Fossheim

2L  2L-062-SACD

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Johannes Haarklou: Sommernatt

Linda Overbo (soprano)
Kristin Fossheim (piano)


Soprano Linda Øvrebø and pianist Kristin Fossheim treat us to a delicious flower bouquet of romances and songs by Norwegian composer Johannes Haarklou (1847–1925). Haarklou's compositional output reflects his love for substantial musical forms like operas, oratorios, symphonies and concertos with solo instruments, where as the smaller works presented in this recording represent a just as creative branch of his oeuvre; many of them set to lyrics by some of the most important poets of the day. These are inspired settings, unpretentious but of shimmering beauty - feelings of joy in contrast to profound melancholy, nature and love, nocturnal moods and a Fairy-dance.

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Review by John Broggio - January 9, 2012

Lovely music, great sound, poor (sung) performance.

These delightful miniatures of Johannes Haarklou are strikingly reminiscent of Grieg's Lyric pieces but have a modern harmonic language which is very fresh and striking. Throughout Kristin Fossheim plays her part completely naturally - totally self-effacing playing that is both enlightening and beautiful. Sadly, her fellow protagonist Linda Ovrebo is sorely taxed in this music and spends far too long in each song adding in an unrequired element of micro-tonality as well as a hard, unappealing timbre. This aspect is far less welcome and makes repeated listening (which is what the songs and Fossheim deserve) a chore rather than pleasure.

2L's crystalline sound ruthlessly exposes the flaws in Ovrebo's intonation.

Sadly, not recommendable to any but the most curious of lieder lovers.

Copyright © 2012 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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