Evening Songs


For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to songs with a twilight feel – that is, evening songs.  We’ll hear songs, both old and new - by Henry Purcell along with songs by Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake-  featuring baroque harp, Swedish Nickelharpa, and viola da gamba on a record called “If Grief Could Wait.”  The project is a collaboration between baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi and the Swedish singer Susanna Wallumrød.  

Also, we’ll listen to songs from the Dowland Project, some modern approaches to works by Purcell’s contemporary, John Dowland, featuring John Potter from the Hilliard Ensemble.  Plus, we’ll hear a setting by Arvo Pärt of the Robert Burns poem, “My Heart’s in the Highlands,” and a song from Joanna Newsom.  All that, and more. 

PROGRAM # 3298 Evening Songs, (First aired on 2/3/2012)                                                      





Giovanna Pessi / Susanna Wallumrød 

If Grief Could Wait

Purcell: An Evening Hymn, excerpt [1:30]
L. Cohen: Who by Fire [3:57]

ECM 2226

The Dowland Project

In Darkness Let Me Dwell

John Dowland: Go Crystal Tears [7:58]

ECM 1697

Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen; Nyyd Quartet, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ.  directed by Paul Hillier

Arvo Pärt / Creator Spiritus

My Heart's in the Highlands (Robert Burns) [8:40]

Harmonia Mundi 807553
Due out March 13, 2012

Giovanna Pessi / Susanna Wallumrød 

If Grief Could Wait

N. Drake: Which Will [4:01]

See above.

Joanna Newsom


Emily [12:09]

Drag City #303 www.dragcity.com or download from Emusic.com or iTunes.

Rolf Lislevand / Arianna Savall

Nuove musiche

Arpeggiata addio, [7:15]

ECM #1922

Giovanna Pessi / Susanna Wallumrød 

If Grief Could Wait

Susanna Wallumrød:  The Forester, excerpt [5:00]

See above.