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POUR MI – TO MI Who was ”Mi”, she who inspired Messiaen to write the lovely and intricate work Poèmes pour Mi? This was one of the questions Liv Elise Nordskog and Signe Bakke asked when they began work on this album, after having immersed themselves in Messiaen’s rich and diverse tonal world for many years. The poet Cécile Sauvage was Messiaen’s mother. Her cycle of poems dating from 1908, L’Âme en Bourgeon (The Soul in Bud) was written while she was awaiting the birth of her son. Almost thirty years later, Olivier Messiaen and his wife, violinist and composer Claire Delbos, were themselves expecting a child. During this time, Delbos set to music the poem cycle of her deceased mother-in-law. At the same time, Messiaen composed a song cycle entitled “Poèmes pour Mi”. Mi was his pet-name for his wife Claire. L’Âme en Bourgeon and Poèmes pour Mi were premiered at the same concert in Paris in 1937. It is the only time the two works are known to have been performed together -- until the recording of this CD. Liv Elise Nordskog holds a Master’s degree from the Grieg Academy in Bergen, specializing in the lieder of R. Strauss. She has performed as soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta in Finland, and BIT20 Ensemble, among others. Nordskog has been a violinist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 1987. Signe Bakke studied at the Grieg Academy and the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she received her diploma. She gave her debut concert in Oslo at age twenty-three, and two years later she performed as soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Bakke has been associate professor at the Grieg Academy since 1992. REVIEWS «Nordskog and Bakke deserve the highest possible praise for what they have achieved in this performance: a wholly convincing account of a work that deserves to be heard more often. This fine recording will surely help that, and the sound is excellent too.» Nigel Simeone – International Record Review, jul/aug 2014 LWC1051_IRR.pdf »Dynamics range between ppp and fff for the voice as well as for the piano. Taking all this in her stride, Nordskog invests her lines with clear and articulate expressiveness, managing the French very idiomatically. Lawo engineers place the musicians in the cool reverberance of the Sofienberg Church in Oslo with a realistic balance and, in multichannel, a fine perspective.» John Miller – SA-CD.net, 04.05.14 SA-CD «Messiaen’s song-cycle Poèmes pour Mi and his first wife Claire Delbos’s L’âme en bourgeon were premiered in the same Paris concert in 1937. Reuniting these works on disc for the first time is the fascinating premise for this recording by the Norwegian soprano Liv Elise Nordskog and pianist Signe Bakke. [...] Both Nordskog and Bakke give refined, idiomatic performances, finding the intimacy, if not always the emotional excess of these songs.» Alexandra Coghlan – Gramophone, sept. 2014 LWC1051_Gramophone.pdf
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1. Poèmes pour Mi, I. Action de grâces 00:06:09 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Poèmes pour Mi, II. Paysage 00:01:46 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Poèmes pour Mi, III. La maison 00:01:36 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Poèmes pour Mi, IV. Épouvante 00:02:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Poèmes pour Mi, V. L'Épouse 00:02:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Poèmes pour Mi, VI. Ta voix 00:02:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Poèmes pour Mi, VII. Les deux guerriers 00:01:36 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Poèmes pour Mi, VIII. Le collier 00:03:25 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Poèmes pour Mi, IX. Prière exaucée 00:02:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Trois Mélodies, I. Pourquoi? 00:01:56 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. Trois Mélodies, II. Le sourire 00:01:24 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. Trois Mélodies, III. La fiancée perdue 00:02:53 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Olivier Messiaen
Author Olivier Messiaen
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
13. L'Âme en Bourgeon, I. Dors 00:01:29 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
14. L'Âme en Bourgeon, II. Mon coeur revient a son printemps... 00:01:59 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
15. L'Âme en Bourgeon, III. Je suis là... 00:02:32 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
16. L'Âme en Bourgeon, IV. Te voila hors de l'alvéole... 00:02:58 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
17. L'Âme en Bourgeon, V. Je savais que ce serait toi... 00:01:38 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
18. L'Âme en Bourgeon, VI. Maintenant, il est né... 00:01:46 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
19. L'Âme en Bourgeon, VII. Te voilà, mon petit amant... 00:04:02 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas
20. L'Âme en Bourgeon, VIII. Ai-je pu t'appeler de l'ombre vers le jour 00:02:42 1.50 USD
Main artist Liv Elise Nordskog & Signe Bakke
Composer Claire Delbos
Author Cécile Sauvage
Performers Signe Bakke | Liv Elise Nordskog
Producers Vegard Landaas