ACK, VÄRMELAND DU SKÖNA

Latest update on 08/08/2017

Artist: Gustaf Wennman
Author: trad./Anders Fryxell/Fredrik August Dahlgren
Label: Berliner
Year: 1899

Reissued on double album The First Gramophone Recordings in Sweden (2013 - Sterling). Melody first published as Värmlandsvisan in Värmlandssangen, a Swedish folksong collection from 1822. Landscape songs are big in Sweden; every province has its own repertoire. Värmland is a woody province in the west. The melody is similar to Dutch 16th century song O Nederland Let Op U Saeck, a warning against the unreliability of the Spanish, published in 1626 in Valerius' Gedenck Clanck. The melody of another Lowlands original, Ik Zag Cecilia Komen, also comes close.

Covers:

1910:

Otto Bergman [instrumental field recording; sounds as if he's whistling on grass; reissued on Folk Music From Sweden box set]

1913:

Ingeborg Laudon

1951:

Stan Getz [as Dear Old Stockholm, recorded in Sweden (Roost Records EP); he took credit for the arrangement]

1952:

Miles Davis [idem]

1955:

Chet Baker [idem]

1957:

Kenny Burrell [idem]

1961:

John Coltrane [idem]

1965:

Zarah Leander [that's where her family came from; she started her career in the Värmland opera house]

1976:

Pim Jacobs & Rogier van Otterloo

1997:

Esther & Abi Ofarim [soundtrack for a tourism commercial for Sweden]

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