*** East Coast Music Award Nominee 2002 -
Best Classical Recording ***
*** Juno Award Nominee 2002 -
Best Classical (Vocal / Choral) ***
"...exquisite and delightful rarities. The listener embarks on a journey to the heart of Eastern Europe with musical vignettes by Dvorak, Zemlinsky, Tchaikovsky and Dohnanyi... Ms. Nielsen is well up to the task of clearly evoking the ever-changing landscapes of the countryside and of the human heart. Accompanist Robert Kortgaard's sensitive phrasing serves as a subtle but effective undercurrent to these unique settings." - Dianne Wells, Wholenote
"New Brunswick soprano Wendy Nielsen shows the right stuff in this CD program of love songs and fables... In these sets of trans-century love songs, she shows a rare gift of dramatic and lyrical expressive force, allied to a superb technique that gives every word its due, every note its own weight, and every musical and textual nuance their radiant epiphany." - Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)
"Chosen with intelligence and discerning taste, the songs are executed with admirable musicianship... The recorded sound is wonderfully rich, warm and mellow, with the piano, expertly played by Robert Kortgaard, taking on a lovely sheen." - Opus Magazine
"This debut CD features rare, beautiful and under-recorded classical song repertoire about love and loss, showcasing her rich-toned and expressive voice. Wendy Nielsen's name is one that we should all watch out for, but more importantly, her voice is one that we should all listen to." - H&B Recordings
Critics and fans praise her extraordinarily rich, vibrant voice, and she receives rave reviews for her winning style. Whether in concert, opera or recital, Miss Nielsen enchants audiences with her beguiling voice and engaging presence.
The repertoire on this new CD includes some of Wendy's favorite songs, with music by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Zeminsky and Dohnanyi. Many of the songs are rarely performed (for no good reason), and the Dvorak songs are not as well known as they should be.
Wendy is accompanied on this recital CD by pianist Robert Kortgaard, who originally selected the repertoire for performances at the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. Catalog: MAR 265
Antonin Dvorák - V lidovem tonu
In Folk Style) op. 73
- Dobru noc
- Zalo dievca, zalo travu
- Ach, neni tu
- Ej, mam ja kona straku
Der Traum - op. 2, book 2, no. 3
Peter I. Tchaikovsky
- Heilige Nacht - op. 2 no. 1 (Listen)
- O Blätter, durre blätter
- Irmelin Rose - op. 7 no. 4
- Turmwächterlied - op. 8 no. 1
- Die mädchen mit den verbunden Augen - op. 13 no. 2
- Sie kam zum Schlossgegangen - op. 13 no.6
- Vetu lunuyu noc
- Za aknom v teni melkajet (Listen)
- Ja, lif polne da ne travushka bila?
Ernst von Dohnányi - op. 14
- Was weinst du, meine Geige?
- So flügt sich blüt' an Blutezeit
- Ich will, ein junger Lenzhusar
- Bergtrolls Braut
- König Baumbart
- Vergessene Lieder, vergessene Lieb'
Total Playing Time: 67:03