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STRONG VOICES OF WOMEN “Voices of Women” is the second CD release of mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith and pianist Einar Røttingen as a duo. Featured this time are Fartein Valen, Jostein Stalheim and Ketil Hvoslef, all composers from Western Norway. The recording highlights women’s voices in world literature: Goethe’s female characters “Mignon” and “Suleika”, Shakespeare’s “Ophelia” from “Hamlet”, and the gospel according to Mary Magdalene. The musicians wish this time to place their focus on contemporary Norwegian music composed for voice and piano, and two of the works were written especially for them. Mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith has had a distinguished international career. As a student of both Elly Ameling and Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, she has developed a special interest in classical song and chamber music. In addition to her performance career, Bettina Smith is Associate Professor of Singing at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Pianist Einar Røttingen is Professor of Music Performance at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in major cities in Europe, the USA, and Asia. His long-time close collaborations with composers such as Harald Sæverud and Ketil Hvoslef have led to numerous first performances and critically acclaimed recordings. REVIEWS «Bettina Smith and Einar Rønningen are highly regarded as international soloists and as a duo. On the evidence of their performances here, they also have a penchant for contemporary genres. The demands made on the singer by Stalheim and Hvoslef are considerable in their relatively long pieces.» John Miller – HRAudio.net https://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=10358#reviews
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1. Drei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 6: I. Sakontala 00:01:12 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Fartein Valen
Author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Drei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 6: II. Weiss Wie Lilien 00:01:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Fartein Valen
Author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Drei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 6: III. Suleika 00:01:19 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Fartein Valen
Author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Ophelia Scene 00:15:53 2.60 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Jostein Stalheim
Author William Shakespeare
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Mignon - Zwei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 7: Heiss mich nicht reden 00:02:38 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Fartein Valen
Author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Mignon - Zwei Gedichte von Goethe, op. 7: So lasst mich scheinen 00:03:07 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Fartein Valen
Author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. From the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene 00:21:04 3.40 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Author Trad.
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas