CD Mein Liebeslied, released June 2022
‘The German-Jewish writer Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945) is considered one of the foremost figures in German expressionism. Her poems were set to music by the Swedish composer Thomas Jennefelt. The Swedish-Dutch mezzo-soprano Helena van Heel’s expressive voice and Naomi Tamura’s supple piano playing celebrate triumphs in these sonorous compositions. The more you listen, the clearer van Heel’s qualities become, not least the unartificial and natural clarity – a characteristic that makes Jennefelt’s 7 Liebeslieder along with Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen sound in a way that makes you want to listen again, again and again.’ Axel Lindhe, Opus, nr 117, 2023
‘For Berlioz‘ cycle Les nuits d’été […] is Helena, with her warm, velvet mezzo, an ideal interpreter. Surprising are the Sieben Liebeslieder by her compatriot Thomas Jennefelt, with lyrics by Else Lasker-Schüler. Captivating, visual music, which requires the necessary virtuosity from both the singer and the excellent pianist Naomi Tamura. Mahler‘s somgs also seem to fit Helena perfectly. Recommended!’ De Liedvriend, October 2022
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CD Songs Along the Way, released april 2021
‘Everything on this wonderful CD is equally delicate; the music, the underlying idea, the instrumentation, the playing and above all the soulful and in all registers pure singing of Helena van Heel.’ Klassieke Zaken, May 2021
‘A beautiful arrangement, magnificently performed by Helena van Heel together with this ensemble.’ Nieuwe Noten, June 2021
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