Maria Misgeld, Olaf Misgeld & Olle Lindvall,
Margits Sanger
(Sjelvar, 2007)

The first thing you will notice about this CD is that everything is in Swedish, including the CD booklet. The lyrics are translations from those of the Norwegian folksinger Margit Finnekasa (1904-1989), although that will not matter to most of us who do not speak either language.

It is too bad that most English listeners will not know what the songs are about, since this is a pretty good CD. Maria Misgeld has a clear, trained voice that is direct and not overly mannered. Olaf Misgeld on violin and viola and Olle Lindvall on guitar add sympathetic and warm accompaniment that at times sounds a bit classical. It is spare but effective. Both men also contribute occasional vocal harmonies.

There is a bit of a mysterious air to much of the music and it is often melancholy, features that are not uncommon in Norwegian folk music. Even if you do not understand the words, you can appreciate the ethereal nature of the 16 songs presented here.

review by
Dave Howell

7 February 2009

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