Hyperion is delighted to present a disc of Grieg's songs. Grieg's sheer range as a song-writer from the shortest settings, folk-like and immediate, to the depth of distinctive inspiration that runs through every bar of the major cycle Haugtussa places him without question among the finest masters of the genre. Arne Garborg's verse-novel Haugtussa created a deep impression on Grieg. The resulting marriage of poetry and music is one of the miracles of the nineteenth-century song-cycle genre. Many regard this work as Grieg's masterpiece: it is certainly one of the greatest song-cycles for the female voice ever written, revealing the composer at the very height of his powers.
Inspired performances ... It is a magic partnership, giving fresh insights in every song. --The Guardian
Highly recommended to lovers of Sibelius's music who, like me, were unaware of this treasure. --The Sunday Times