Susanna Wallumrød
  • Susanna Wallumrød

In February I posted a song from If Grief Could Wait (ECM), a collaboration between Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrød and Swiss baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi, as a 12 O’Clock Track. On that album Wallumrød and Pessi, joined by nyckelharp player Marco Ambrosini and viola de gamba player Jane Achtman, deftly interpret songs by 17th-century baroque British composer Henry Purcell—along with tunes by Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. Wallumrød’s precise, translucently beautiful voice sounds lighter than air, but she projects real power; there’s nothing fluttery or slight about her singing.