Songs Without Words


For this New Sounds, we’ll hear an hour of songs without words, maybe even without voices.  This kind of tradition reaches back to Felix Mendelssohn and his Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), and his series of short, lyrical piano pieces.  Two Norwegian musicians, saxophonist Trygve Seim & pianist Andreas Utnem, have just released a new recording of similarly lyrical songs – without voices or words – called Purcur.  It was recorded in a church in Oslo, and manages to work in the sound of the room’s personality.  We’ll hear some of these folk-rootsy lyrical songs for saxophone and piano and more. 

PROGRAM #3150, Songs Without Words     (First aired on 12/16/10)                                                    





Vladimir Horowitz

The Original Jacket Collection- Vladimir Horowitz

Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte "May Breezes" Op. 62/1  [1:30]

CBS/Sony 757500
Available from Arkiv Music 

Trygve Seim & Andreas Utnem


Kyrie [4:23]

ECM 2186

Andy Statman

Between Heaven and Earth

Reb Nachman's Deveykus Niggun [5:41]

Shanachie 64079
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Divan Gasparyan

Moon Shines At Night

Lovely Spring [4:26]

All Saints Records / Gyroscope/Caroline #CAROL-6604. try

Trygve Seim & Andreas Utnem


Responsorium [4:12]

See above.

Shankar feat. Jan Garbarek

Jan Garbarek :rarum II

Song For Everyone [6:21]

ECM 440 014 165

Arvo Pärt / Stuttgart State Orch cond. by Dennis Russell Davies

Tabula Rasa

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten [5:00]

ECM #1275**

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Leif Segerstam, conductor

Angels and Visitations.
A Rautavaara Anthology

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Articus, 1st mvmt -Birds Migrating [4:30]

Ondine 1079
OR Available
from Arkiv Music

David Holland / Barre Phillips

Music From Two Basses

Song for Clare [4:52]

ECM 1011


As Night Falls On the Silk Road

Snowy Mountains, excerpt [4:20]

Shanachie 66011 OR