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Published on Sep 23, 2016
Nielsen’s op. 4 and op. 6 songs, settings of the poet Jens Peter Jacobsen, were written in 1891. They are among the few of his songs written as ‘artsongs’ rather than being in folk-song style. Jacobsen’s texts display a bitter-sweet romanticism.
The op. 4 songs are: 'Solnedgang' – only this beautiful sunset landscape could be the home of my beloved, Asali; 'I Seralliets Have' - A poetic description of the Seraglio Gardens in Turkey; 'Til Asali' - Before, when I knew you were mine, I longed for dreaming about you at night. Now that I think I have lost you, my nights are terrible and I only long for the day; 'Irmelin Rose' – the beautiful and beloved princess Irmelin Rose, so thoughtless and cruel to her suitors, was an ugly person inside; 'Har Dagen sanket al sin Sorg' - Dusk. The dew is lying heavily on the grass as if the day had been weeping itself to sleep. Then the stars walk slowly across the sky, like the souls of the past.
Jakob Vad sings the Nielsen's op. 4 at the 2016 Indian Summer in Levoca Festival, accompanied by Elisabeth Nielsen