Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Two Versions of "Into Paradise"

Apparently there are two different versions of Sissel's upcoming album, "Into Paradise," rather than the same album being released in both the UK and the USA. The UK album contains 14 tracks, while the USA album features only 12 tracks. But the USA version hasn't just dropped two tracks from the UK version. It has dropped four songs from the UK release and added two others.

The songs which are on the UK version, but not on the USA release are: What Child Is This, The Sleeping Princess, Salley Gardens, and Ave Verum Corpus.

The songs that have been added to the USA release, which are not on the UK album are: Bereden väg för Herran (from Sissel's recent "Nordisk vinternatt" album), and Adagio.

"Into Paradise" will be released in the USA on 14. February and in the UK on 27. February.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Musica Obscura

Check out my music blog, Musica Obscura, over at This week's entry is devoted to Sissel and features five Sissel songs.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sissel Receives Knighthood

Although it was originally announced back in October that the King of Norway had selected Sissel for knighthood in the St. Olav's Order, it wasn't until today that Sissel finally officially received the knighthood.

Her manager, Arne Svare, and her former manager Rune Larsen spoke. Arne said Sissel has only ever been mad one time in the 15 years he's been her manager, which occured while on a car tour in California when she hadn't eaten in a very long time.

Sissel sang for the full house at the ceremony at Hotel Bristol in Oslo, featuring "Innerst i sjelen," "Ave Marie," and she concluded with and was joined by the folks in the audience from Bergen in singing Bergen's song "Jeg tok min nystemte."