Norgard: Out Of Cradle/ Will O Wisps In Town (Helene Gjerris/ Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen) (Da Capo: 8.226085)
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The Will-o'-the-Wisps in Town
is an extraordinary fairy tale cantata created by the Danish composer Per Norgard and his close friend, author Suzanne Brogger, on the basis of a little known fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This world premiere recording of the chamber version focuses on the charismatic "Marsh Witch", sung by mezzo-soprano Helene Gjerris
who also premiered the work in Birmingham at 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth.
The CD is accompanied by the half-hour documentary "A Journey in Fairy Tales and Music" following Norgard, Brogger, Gjerris and the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen's work with The Will-o'-the-Wisps produced by a Danish national TV station.