To Cecilia: Swedish Love Songs
Sankta Cecilia has since the middle ages been regarded as the patron saint of music, and above all the church music. She is portrayed with musical instruments on a variety of paintings and the organ has been her special attribute. Cecilia's name day on November 22, has over the centuries been celebrated with music festivals and many composers have written pieces in her honor. For this CD in honor of the patron saint of music, I have chosen love songs mainly by Swedish composers.
Torsten Mossberg, tenor Torsten is a physician, specialist in Anesthesiology and intensive care. He has studied singing with among others Ester Ruhrseitz, Eva Pilat and Björn Thulin. He has extensive experience as a choir singer, a tenor in the Oscar Chamber Choir in Stockholm and often engaged as a soloist. Torsten has a broad repertoire, from ballads to romances and cabaret songs, and has released several CDs of rarely recorded songs by Swedish composers.
Exactly why Richard Strauss’s Morgen is included in this collection of Swedish Love Songs is not explained. It is a love song, it is popular but not particularly Swedish. The presence of Leo Ferré’s Elle tourne la terre (tr. 20) is more understandable, since Lars Forssell’s Swedish version became very popular as early as 1957 when Olle Adolphson recorded it. Both these foreign birds are excellently performed and the Ferré song is sung with deep insight. I am very fond of his Taube songs, several of them personal favourites since long. Så skimrande var aldrig havet, tender-hearted and simple, Som stjärnor små, well nuanced but too swift for my taste and rather rigid, Min älskling, stressing the tango rhythm (Taube lived in his youth in Argentina and assimilated the music of South America), the seldom heard Kärleken och vinden, movingly sung, and Maj på Malö, really charming.