Halfdan Kjerulf, composer
Maria Lindberg-Kransmo, vocalist
Stephanie A. Freeman, pianist
Songs From Norway (Olson Recordings)
From the liner notes:
When selecting songs from Norwegian composer Halfdan Kjerulf's vast collection, vocalist Maria Lindberg-Kransmo strived to show his diversity in musical style and in his text setting. All songs convey the Scandinavian "sound," painting a sound picture of clear skies, sunshine, a dose of melancholy and closeness to nature.
Halfdan Kjerulf's (1815-1868) compositions strongly reflect his admiration for German Romanticism. His musical style shows the influence of Schumann; in his piano music Chopin may also have been one of his models. Nonetheless, many of his works have a distinctly Norwegian sound that clearly shows the influence of the folk music of his native land.
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