V2079. EDITH OLDRUP: Lyrical Soprano of the Danish Royal Opera, 1934-49, incl. Songs by Agerby, Grieg, Heise, Nielsen & Weyse; Arias from Liden Kirsten, Nozze, Don Giovanni, Carmen, La Boheme, Madama Butterlfy, etc. (Denmark) Danacord 504, recorded 1937-53. Long out-of-print, final copy! - 5709499504000
“Edith Oldrup studied with Vilhelm Herold, and made her stage début as Michaëla in CARMEN. She sang in most of the familiar roles and some less familiar native ones, as well as making some films and teaming up with Askel Schiøtz for some notable recitals. Made a Royal Court singer in 1946, she married baritone Sigurd Björling in 1949 and promptly resigned her position in Oslo and followed her Swedish husband to Stockholm. Her concert and operatic career slowly trailed off though she did continue to make occasional appearances back in her native country but more and more teaching occupied her time. She made about sixty recordings on 78 and this selection ranges from 1937 – to 1953, by which time she had moved to Sweden. Oldrup had a very light, well-deployed soprano. It is pretty well supported and on those occasions when she makes upward extensions she does so with clarity and no sense of strain. She has great clarity of diction and sings with frequently delightful simplicity – in fact sometimes with a potentially soubrettish quality which I find very appealing – and is capable of vesting expressive potential with the minimum of vocal ostentation; a subtle gift and one I suspect she absorbed from Herold, a notably intelligent artist. In the Weyse songs her runs are bright, her felicitous affection obvious. She is charm itself, all soubrette flightiness, in Heise’s Det var sig Humleranken. Her Nielsen songs are easeful, accompanied by the ever-excellent Folmer Jensen. Susanna’s aria from Nozze is accompanied by the Italian stalwart in Denmark, Egisto Tango; her Micaëla full of breathless charm and floated tenderness. Her Mimi is certainly chaste, excellent technically and rather attractive."
- Jonathan Woolf