Variations Playlist for 13th November 2011 – Anne Sofie von Otter

Written by on November 12, 2011

 This Wednesday, one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos is performing in Auckland for the very first time.  The singer in question is the Anne Sofie von Otter, who was born in Stockholm.  Her father was the diplomat Göran von Otter and as a result she grew up in Bonn, London and Stockholm

In 1983 she was Engaged as a principal member of the Basel and  made her debut as Alcina in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino and since then she has an international career that has now spanned more than two decades, and is considered to be one of the finest singers of her generation.

She has sung opera in most of the great opera houses across Europe and elsewhere  including making her Covent Garden début in 1985 and. At The Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1988 . She has sung roles in a huge range of operas, spanning Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Gluck, Strauss, Debussy and even Wagner

She has also worked and recorded with some of the world’s pre-eminent conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner, Georg Solti and Marc Minkowski among many others as well as performing smaller scale recitals with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg, which is who she will be accompanied by on Wednesday.

Anne Sofie von Otter also has a very wide ranging discography that encompasses a wide range of works from the Baroque period to 20th-century music and for today’s show I’m going to be playing a range of pieces that covers this range, beginning with Purcell and ending with Bo Linde, a 20th Century Swedish composer and covering both orchestral and recital pieces.  For details of this individual songs you’ll need to visit my page on the website as time constraints means that I haven’t been able to write and record synopses for each song.  Anyway I’m sure you’ll enjoy the music and hopefully some of you will be inspired to get tickets to the Town Hall recital which is where I’ll be on Wednesday 





Henry Purcell

 ‘O Solitude’, Z.406


Claudio Monteverdi

 Lamento d’Arianna


J. S. Bach

Erbarme dich, mein Gott (from St Matthew’s Passion)


Michel Lambert

Ombre de mon amant

Ombre de Mon Amant

Viktor Ullman

3 Jiddische Lieder, Op. 53, "Brezulinka" – Beryozkele

Terezin / Theresienstadt

Maurice Delage


The Artist’s Album

Arnold Schoenberg

Gürrelieder – The song of the Wood Dove

Schoenberg: Gürrelieder [Disc 1]

Hugo Alfven


Watercolours – Swedish Songs

Bo Linde

Four Songs – 1. Är jag intill döden trött

Watercolours – Swedish Songs

Bo Linde

Four Songs – 4. May we be happy

Watercolours – Swedish Songs

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