29 Jul 2019

SIBELIUS: Säv, säv, susa; Svarta rosor

From Music Alive, 8:05 pm on 29 July 2019

Performed by baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist James Baillieu. Introduced by James Baillieu.

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu Photo: Supplied

Two ballads with Swedish texts taken from Sibelius's collection of Six Songs Op 36.

'Säv, säv, susa' ("Reed, reed, rustle", or "Sigh, rushes, sigh") is a poem by Gustaf Fröding, which mourns the death of a young woman, Ingalill, cruelly treated by her fellow villagers.

'Svarta rosor' ("Black Roses") is a poem by Ernst Josephson, describing sorrow as having one's heart entangled by the thorns of "nightblack" roses.

Recorded by RNZ in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Hamilton, 10 April 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay