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    All Night Vigil

    Uppsala akademiska kammarkör sjunger Rachmaninoff. Solister är Annika Hudak (mezzo-sopran) och Patrik Wallin (tenor), allt under ledning av Stefan Parkman.


    Priiditye, poklonimsya (Come, let us worship)
    Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda (Bless thou the Lord, O my soul)
    Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the man)
    Svete tikhiy (O Gladsome Light)
    Nyne otpushchayeshy (Lord, now lettest thou)
    Bogoroditse Devo (Virgin mother of God)
    Slava v vyshnikh Bogu (Glory be to God)
    Khvalite imya, Godpodne (Laud ye the name of the Lord)
    Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi (Blessed art thou, O Lord)
    Voskreseniye Khristovo videvshe (We have seen thy resurrection, O Christ)
    Velichit dusha (My soul doth magnify the Lord)
    Slava v vyshnikh Bogu (Glory be to God on high)
    Dnes spaseniye (Today hath salvation come to earth)
    Voskres iz groba (When thou hadst arisen from the tomb)
    Vzbrannoy voyevode (Heaven-elected chieftain)

    A bright star shineth

    ”We talked about recording a CD. Instead, we toured most of Europe, singing at festivals and in competitions. But finally, the timing was right and A Bright Star Shineth is our Christmas album featuring beloved classics and new music.
    Nu tändas tusen juleljus, composed by Emmy Köhler in 1898, is a Swedish classic. Veni Emmanuel was originally a medieval French processional hymn. Both are in arrangements by Jan Åke Hillerud.
    The British composer and conductor Paul Hillier is known for having one foot in early music and the other in contemporary art music, as is evident by his work with Theatre of Voices and The Hilliard Ensemble. The starkly beautiful There Is No Rose is a tribute to the Virgin Mary.
    Guds son är född/The Son of God Is Born is an old melody from the Swedish province of Halland, in a delicious arrangement by the composer Otto Olsson. His late-Romantic composition style was influenced by medieval Gregorian and French music. Here, the well-known hymn Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her from the 1500s is woven into the folk tune.
    Francis Poulenc’s O magnum mysterium is one of four songs that make up Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël from 1952 and its mystic dimension invites contemplation.
    In Karl Jenkins’ Gaudete, verses from the medieval Czech tune Ezechielis porta are blended into a melody from what is possibly the oldest book of songs in Scandinavia, Piæ Cantiones.
    It has become somewhat of a tradition to sing the Icelandic song Heyr himna smiður at Christmastime even though it is not actually a Christmas song. The lyrics by Kolbeinn Tumason, a mighty medieval chieftain who was also a poet, were set to music by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson more than 700 years later.
    In dulci jubilo, here in a version by Robert Lucas Pearsall, is a macaronic, or multi-lingual, carol. Back in the 1300s, it was sung in Latin and medieval German, In dulci jubilo nun singet und seid froh, and in 1582, a Swedish and Latin version appeared in Piæ Cantiones. It is easy to see why this timeless classic has appealed to generation upon generation.
    Thomas Tallis’ O nata lux de lumine, “O Light Born Of Light”, ties in with the title of our album. The words are taken from a medieval matins about the Transfiguration, which is evident in the chillingly beautiful composition with its elements of dissonance.
    Wexford Carol, arranged by John Rutter, is a very old carol from the Irish county of Wexford, probably dating back to the Middle Ages. William Grattan Flood, a musicologist and composer, heard the tune performed by a local singer and included it in the Oxford Book of Carols, allowing it to reach a wider audience and gain popularity.
    A Bright Star Shineth also includes three previously unrecorded songs. Our conductor David Molin has arranged one of Sweden’s most beloved Christmas songs, Nu tändas tusen juleljus. Several versions of Julvisa/Christmas Song by Jean Sibelius exist, but we chose Anna Cederberg-Orreteg’s lovely interpretation. And the third previously unrecorded piece is a Swedish language version of Ola Gjeilo’s Det hev ei rose sprunge.
    2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the Härlanda Kammarkör/Chamber Choir. This CD is our birthday gift to ourselves and it is also a brilliant Christmas present for the world.”

    ”…unga, fräscha röster (som) tveklöst klockrent levererar mångfasetterad julmusik på elitnivå med ypperlig klang och dynamik … fullkomnad julstämning!” Jerker Sjöqvist, Kyrkomusikernas Tidning

    Innehåll / Contents:
    Nu tändas tusen juleljus / Emmy Köhler / arr: David Molin och Jan-Åke Hillerud
    Veni, Emmanuel / Trad. France / arr: Jan Åke Hillerud
    Ave Maria / Franz Biebl
    Julvisa / Jean Sibelius / Zacharias Topelius / arr: Anna Cederberg-Orreteg
    There is no rose / Paul Hillier
    Gammal julvisa. Guds son är född / Trad. Sweden / arr: Otto Olsson
    O magnum mysterium / Francis Poulenc
    Det hev ei rose sprunge / Ola Gjeilo / Thekla Knös
    Gaudete / Trad. Piæ Cantiones, arr: Karl Jenkins / Ezechielis Porta
    O magnum mysterium / Morten Lauridsen
    Tre kungar / Peter Cornelius / Karl-Fredrik Palmstierna
    Heyr, himna smi∂ur / Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson / Kolbeinn Tumason
    In dulci jubilo | Robert Lucas Pearsall
    O nata lux / Thomas Tallis
    Wexford Carol / Trad. Ireland / arr: John Rutter
    Julsång. O helga natt / Adolphe Adam / Placide Cappeau / Augustin Kock
    Stilla natt / Franz Gruber / arr: David Wikander / Joseph Mohr / Carl Oscar Mannström

    So Fair and Bright

    The Swedish Chamber Choir (former Simon Phipps Vokalensemble) is one of the jewels in the crown of Sweden’s unmatched choral tradition. Here the choir follows specialist recordings of music by Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc and Johannes Brahms with an exquisite celebration of the northern European Christmas.

    The choir describes its album So Fair and Bright as ‘a Christmas smörgåsbord where everyone can find at least some of their favourite dishes, while being tempted to try some intriguing novelties as well.’ Britten and Poulenc reference the ensemble’s past projects; Grieg and Nielsen glance over borders and waters to Norway and Denmark. But while there are evocative Yuletide masterpieces included by the likes of Rutter, Pärt, Gabrieli and Sweelinck, the album’s heart lies in Sweden – where traditional folk songs meet seasonal gems by Hugo Alfvén, Gustav Nordqvist and other.

    The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet join the Choir under its founder and director Simon Phipps for the recording, which is as much a demonstration of choral technique and prowess as it is a seasonal celebration. Phipps reveals his experience as an opera conductor in his attention to text and detail, while the choir’s full-bodied but delicate singing – and notably bright, smooth soprano tone – combines atmosphere with excellence.

    A must-have Christmas album, wherever you’re celebrating!

    O vad glädje ifrån Gud, from Piae Cantiones / arr: Mats Åberg
    Hodie Christus natus est / Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck / arr: Simon Phipps
    Ave Maris stella / Edvard Grieg
    A Hymn to the Virgin / Benjamin Britten
    Stilla i mitt sinne / Bengt Lundin / Birgitta Wennerberg-Berggren
    Bogoróditse Djévo / Arvo Pärt
    Förunderligt och märkligt / Carl Nielsen / Hans Adolf Brorson, Oscar Mannström
    Nativity Carol / John Rutter
    Stjärnan / Susanne Rosenberg
    O Morgenstern / Arvo Pärt
    La lune est levée / Trad / arr: George Aubanel
    O Jesu Guds son / J.S. Bach / Valentin Thilo
    Jubilate Deo / Giovanni Gabrieli / arr: Simon Phipps
    Julsång / Hugo Alfvén / Edvard Evers
    O magnum mysterium / Francis Poulenc
    In the Bleak Midwinter / Benjamin Britten / Christina Rossetti
    Jul, jul, strålande jul / Gustaf Nordqvist / Edvard Evers
    Riu, riu / Mateo Flecha / arr: Noah Greenburg
    Gammel julesang / P.E. Lange-Müller / Ernst von der Recke
    Yeoman’s carol / Simon Phipps / arr: Henrik Torolphi


    Rosa Mystica

    Maria Magdalena Kammarkör sings under conductor Mats Nilsson ”choral music for the soul”.

    ”The sound they make is consistently pleasing. The blend and balance are excellent, the tuning is flawless and the sound is fresh and bright … This very fine choir has been most sympathetically recorded … From first to last the singing is extremely fine and the music itself is lovely. I enjoyed this CD very much.” John Quinn, MusicWeb International

    Vaclovas Augustinas: Hymne à Saint Martin
    Sven-David Sandström: Kom till mig
    Gösta Nystroeum: Huru skön och huru ljuv
    Lars-Erik Larsson: Agnus Dei (from Missa brevis)
    Ola Gjeilo: Ubi caritas
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: Kyrie (from Cantus missae)
    Thomas Jennefelt: Bön
    Charles V Stanford: Beati quorum
    Benjamin Britten: Rosa Mystica (from A.M.D.G.)
    Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque
    Henry Purcell: Remember not, Lord, our offences
    John Tavener: Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Come Away, Death
    Hugo Alfvén: Aftonen
    Karin Rehnqvist: Natt över jorden
    Mats Nilsson (arr): Kvällen stundar
    Mats Nilsson (arr): Värmlandsvisan
    Lars Edlund: Vaggvisa

    Urgency of Now

    Urgency of Now – fresh, exciting, challenging!

    Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden treats us to choral music that takes on the burning questions of our day and age, such as the environment, democracy, xenophobia and equal rights regardless of colour, creed or ethnicity. A celebration of life!

    A musical manifestation of our dedication to our times, the will to be an advocate of humanitarian values in a fast-paced society.

    Two brand-new commissioned pieces for choir and percussion now enrich the Swedish choral repertoire thanks to support from Statens Kulturråd: Ulrika Emanuelsson’s ”Där livet klingar ut”, about the courage to stand up for a more humane society and my own composition “Urgency of Now”, about the unfulfilled promises of democracy.

    Fresh arrangements for V.A.E. from two colourful singer-songwriters that move effortlessly between genres: Vienna Teng pokes fun at our information society in “Hymn of Acxion” and Imogen Heap speaks out against xenophobia in “Hide and Seek”.

    Listeners are also treated to a burst of Filipino energy by John August Pamintuan and a plaintiff prayer for a better world by the Cuban composer Calixto Alvarez. Deservedly showcased with several tracks, Ēriks Ešenvalds of Lithuania displays his personal touch and his magic “singing” glasses.

    Works by Maurice Ravel, Sven-David Sandström and Cesar Alejandro Carillo celebrate life and convey the message that we can make a difference. Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei” sums up the importance of personal growth and refinement.

    Daniel Berg & Fredrik Duvling, Rhythm Art Duo, supports as percussionists on some of the tracks.

    Recording of the month:
    ”This is, quite simply, 61 minutes of outstanding singing. This is an expert choir who blend together wonderfully and who create a sound that consistently delights the ear … They’ve been most sensitively recorded by Per Sjösten in what sounds like a lovely acoustic.” John Quinn, MusicWeb International

    ”Den här skivan är enormt imponerande … elitensemble på internationell nivå … sagolikt säker teknik … Sällan har jag varit lika tagen av en ny körskiva.” Stig Jacobsson, Hifi och musik, som utnämnde skivan till Årets bästa klassiska!

    ”Denna skiva är angelägen, den berör, den konfronterar och den öppnar en mängd fönster … Den är på allvar.” Per Rönnblom, Kyrkomusikernas Tidning

    Innehåll / Contents:

    The new moon – Ēriks Ešenvalds
    O salutaris hostia – Ēriks Ešenvalds
    To See a World – Sven-David Sandström
    Le jardin féérique – Maurice Ravel (Transcription Thierry Machuel)
    Hymn of Acxiom – Vienna Teng (Arr. Henrik Dahlgren)
    Urgency of Now – Jan Yngwe
    Där livet klingar ut – Ulrika Emanuelsson
    Magnificat – César Alejandro Carillo
    Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap (Arr. Jan Yngwe)
    Lacrimosa – Calixto Alvarez
    De profundis – John August Pamintuan
    Agnus Dei – Samuel Barber
    Stars – Ēriks Ešenvalds

    To See a World

    Erik Westberg dirigerar Kammarkören vid Musikhögskolan i Piteå. Gabriel Kopparmark på piano.


    Snabbt jagar stormen (S-E Johansson)
    Ack, ack om det vore dag (Trad. Arr Per Ekedahl)
    Stars (E. Esenvalds)
    Ur Fancies (S-E Johansson):
    Under the Greenwood Tree
    O Mistress Mine
    Lovers Love the Spring
    Hark! Hark! The Lark
    To See a World (S-D Sandström)
    Trilo (Trad. Arr Ale Möller)
    O Domine (T Jennefelt)
    Vuojnha Biegga (J. Sandström)
    Jordens oro viker (Ludwig Norman)
    Laudi (I. Lidholm):
    I. Homo natus de muliere
    II. Haec dictit Dominus
    III. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
    Ave Virgo sanctissima (D. Azurza)
    Versa est in luctum (T. Luis de Victoria)
    The Tyger (E. Råberg)
    Vårnatt (W. Stenhammar)

    L’amour et la foi

    Under ledning av Marcus Creed sjunger och spelar här några av Danmarks främsta musiker musik av fransmannen Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992).


    Toi petites liturgies de la Présence divine
    – Antienne de la conversation intérieure
    – Séquence du Verbe, cantique divin
    – Psalmodie de l’Ubiquité par Amour
    O sacrum convivium!
    Cinq Rechants
    – Hayo kapri tama
    – Ma première fois
    – Ma robe d’amour
    – Niokhamâ palalane soukî
    – Mayoma kalimolimo

    Sacred Love

    This release from the Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Klava features timeless choral works by three composers from Russia and Latvia: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats and Georgy Sviridov. The themes of the 20th and 21st century choral works presented on the disc range from love to nature and the sacred. Five of the works include solo parts which are sung by two notable Latvian singers, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ieva Ezeriete.
    Latvian Radio Choir’s previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013.
    The title work of the recording, Sviridov’s Sacred Love, is a unique example of aesthetic and beautiful vocal writing and has also great potential for radio play.
    The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. The repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir regularly commissions works from leading Latvian composers.
    Sigvards Klava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia’s most prolific choral conductors. Apart of the standard repertoire he has conducted most premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.

    Yuri Falik: A Stranger; Your Temple, Lord; Habanera; Autumn
    Arturs Maskats: Let My Prayer Be Granted; Spring
    Georgy Sviridov: Winter Morning; About Lost Youth; Christmas Carol; Sacred Love; Natasha; Icon

    Kom följ med oss! Julsånger från Polen

    Kom följ med oss! Julsånger från Polen

    Brunnsbo musikklasser, Domkyrkans Goss- och Flickkörer, Brunnsbokören och Gustavikören framför julsånger från Polen i svensk översättning.

    Kom, Följ med Oss
    Herdar Vandrar Glatt
    Markens Herdar Fåren Vallar
    Kära Herdar, Säg
    Ropet går i Natten
    Stjärnan skall Blänka
    I Betlehem lyste en Stjärna
    Lyssna, min Kära
    Född är Jesus Kristus
    Gud Låter alla se Stjärnan
    Betlehem, Lyssna
    Se, en Nytänd Stjärna Blänker
    Jesusbarnet Lilla
    Somna i Ro, Mitt Barn
    Hej, ni Glada
    Herdarnas Mässa


    Det Norske Solistkor (The Norwegian Soloists Choir) / Grete Pedersen
    Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano
    Norwegian Radio Orchestra [Valen: Der 121. Psalm, Ave Maria] Members of the Oslo Sinfonietta [Webern: Zwei Lieder; Valen: Kom regn]

    The cause of mirages as well as rainbows, refraction is an optical phenomenon which under certain circumstances allows us to see objects that are actually hidden behind the horizon – distant islands across a wide sea, or the sun before it has actually risen. The reason is that rays of light change direction as they pass from one layer of the atmosphere into another, or from one medium, such as air, into another, such as water. The same principle applies to sound waves, and in a sense one might say that music in the early 20th century did pass from one medium to another, from late Romanticism into an unknown future.
    Refractions allows us to sample that transition in the field of choral music, through the prisms of four different temperaments – those of Alban Berg, Anton Webern and the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen, all born in the mid-1880s, and of the somewhat younger Olivier Messiaen. A number of the works are on sacred themes – including those by Valen – while others are at least nominally secular, although a spiritual dimension is often present. One instance of this is the celebrated Cinq rechants for twelve mixed voices, Messiaen’s fascinating musical expression of the Tristan myth in which love crosses the border between life and death – a mystical power that cannot be expressed in words.
    Refractions is the fourth disc to appear on BIS with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and their conductor Grete Pedersen, and follow on Grieg interpretations ”of breathtaking beauty” (Le Monde de la Musique), a programme inspired by Norwegian folk music containing ”some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years” (Gramophone), and most recently a disc of works by Brahms and Schubert, on which the choir, according to the reviewer for All Music Guide ”!sings with pristine intonation and purity, yet its tone is full, warm, and colourful.”

    Fartein Valen: Ave Maria for soprano and orchestra, Op.4
    Fartein Valen: Hvad est du dog skiøn, Op.12
    Fartein Valen: Kom regn fra det høie, Op.25
    Fartein Valen: Der 121. Psalm for choir and orchestra
    Olivier Messiaen: Cinq rechants for 12 mixed voices a cappella
    Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium
    Anton Webern: Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Op.2
    Anton Webern: Zwei Lieder for mixed choir and instrumental ensemble
    Alban Berg: Die Nachtigall

    3 Psalms

    Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör bildades 1957 och leddes till en början av Eric Ericson. Namnkunniga dirigenter har fortsatt att leda kören: Dan-Olof Stenlund, Anders Eby och numera, sedan 1983, Stefan Parkman.
    UAK, som kören dagligdags kallas, har en bred repertoar med inriktning främst på den klassiska och nutida konstmusiken. Ofta anlitas kören av orkestrar i större verk, men a-cappella-musiken är ändå dess huvudsakliga repertoar, vilket bland annat visats genom en rad skivinspelningar, bland annat för engelska Chandos.
    När Bach-Akademin i Stuttgart ville fira Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys 200-årsdag, beställde man musik av den finländske tonsättaren Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. Uppdraget gällde att ge de tre psalmerna i Mendelssohns opus 78, Drei Psalmen, en ny musikalisk dräkt. Texterna, liksom den dubbelköriga besättningen, är således desamma i de nyskrivna psalmerna, som fått titeln Stuttgarter Psalmen. 2009 uruppfördes de nyskrivna psalmerna av Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör och Stefan Parkman vid en minneskonsert i Stuttgart.
    På skivan har dirigenten Stefan Parkman valt att låta de två tonsättarnas musik varvas, så att vi först hör Mendelssohns tonsättning av psalm 2 och därefter Mäntyjärvis, osv.
    Stuttgarter Psalmen får med denna inspelning sin världspremiär på skiva.

    Warum toben die Heiden

    ”Skivans upplägg är att man får höra psalmerna parvis … det är fint. Kontrasterna är så stora att uppmärksamheten hålls på topp, men ändå inte så stilistiskt skilda att det stör … Som förväntat klingar kören närmast fläckfritt och Parkmans interpretation är övertygande.” Jens Claesson, Kyrkomusikernas Tidning

    ”The six psalm settings make a splendid and varied cycle and are beautifully sung by the Uppsala Academy Chamber Choir, as one would expect from a choir trained by Stefan Parkman – even though taxed by some of Mäntyjärvi’s stratospherically high writing. Footprint’s sound is very fine, the production values good but not fussy.” (Guy Richards, Gramophone)

    ”This very fine and enterprising new choral disc features a refreshing juxtaposition (…) The new settings represent the inventions of a highly inventive and colourful choral composer, and the Mendelssohn performances reach an impressively high standard.” (Patric Standford, Choir and Organ)

    The Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala was founded in 1957, and its first artistic director was the world famous conductor Eric Ericson. He was succeeded by the professors Dan-Olof Stenlund and Anders Eby. Since 1983, the choir is conducted by professor Stefan Parkman.
    The chamber choir has a broad repertoire, chiefly concentrated to classical and contemporary music. The choir is often engaged by orchestras to perform the major works, but mostly the a cappella music is on the concert programme, which is also reflected in a series of recordings, for among others the British Chandos label.
    When the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart wished to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, they had the Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi create new music for the psalms Mendelssohn used in opus 78, Drei Psalmen. Mäntyjärvi named his composition Stuttgarter Psalmen. In September 2009, Mäntyjärvi’s tribute premiered in Stuttgart, performed by Stefan Parkman and the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala at a concert in Mendelssohn’s honour.
    In this recording the conductor Stefan Parkman has chosen to mix the two composers’ interpretation of the psalms.
    The Stuttgarter Psalmen are recorded here for the first time.

    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy:
    Der 2. Psalm. Warum toben die Heiden?
    Der 22. Psalm. Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen?
    Der 43. Psalm. Richte mich, Gott
    Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:
    Warum toben die Heiden?
    Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen?
    Richte mich, Gott

    All-Night Vigil

    Rachmaninov’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and the All-Night Vigil are two supreme examples of choral writing in the Russian Orthodox tradition, featuring music of uplifting spiritual strength.

    The All-Night Vigil is composed for unaccompanied voices but Rachmaninov created a work of such richness that it can be described as ”choral orchestration”, demanding a wide vocal range from the singers.

    The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. Their repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, but always focussing on exploring the capabilities of the voice and seeking to push its limits.

    Sigvards Klava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia’s most prolific choral conductors. He has conducted many premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.

    Ett svenskt juloratorium

    Sopranen Helena Ek, Sofia Vokalensemble, en diskantkör från Stockholms Musikgymnasium, Capella Nordica och Fredrik Sixten framför det första svenska juloratoriet under ledning av Bengt Ollén.
    Fredrik Sixtens tonsättning av julevangeliet har inspirerats av svensk folkton. Evangelistens roll, som sjungs av sopransolisten Helena Ek, har en tydligt folkmusikalisk karaktär och några kända folkliga koraler har flätats in i verket.
    Koraltexterna är skrivna av Ylva Eggehorn; om dessa nya texter säger Fredrik Sixten: ”Vi ville visa att det råder mörker, fattigdom, främlingskap och död runt det oskyldiga barnet, Guds son, som ligger i krubban och som kommer att korsfästas. Trots detta är oratoriet fyllt av glädje och lovsång!”
    ”Ett svenskt juloratorium” uruppfördes i december 2009 i Göteborgs Domkyrka.
    Fredrik Sixten, domkyrkoorganist i Härnösands domkyrka, är en av Sveriges för närvarande mest sjungna körtonsättare, som även funnit vägar utanför landets gränser. Bland hans tidigare cd-utgåvor märks En svensk Markuspassion (Caprice) och Jubilate (Ictus).

    I Betlehem i Judéen

    ”Även om Ylva Eggehorns texter till koralerna inte väjer för mörkret strålar det ett vackert ljus från Fredrik Sixtens juloratorium. Verket uruppfördes 2009 och är här känsligt framfört av sopranen Helena Ek, två körer, en blåskvintett, stråkar och orgel. Infallsrikt, men ändå sammanhållet, och starkt präglat av svensk folkmusik.” Dan Backman, Svenska Dagbladet

    P2:s CD-revyns jury hade många berömmande ord om framförandet; inte minst berömdes den ”strålande” sopranen Helena Ek. Betyget 3 radioapparater innehöll både en 4:a och en 3 1/2:a.

    ”Charmfullt oratorium i folkton”, lyder rubriken i Kyrkans Tidning. ”Lättsamt och samtidigt med allvar” och ”en helgjuten inspelning att glädja sig åt”, avslutar Kaj Engelhart sin recension och ger skivan betyget 4 av 5.

    The soprano Helena Ek, Sofia Vokalensemble, a treble choir from Stockholms Musikgymnasium, Capella Nordica and Fredrik Sixten perform the first Swedish Christmas oratorio ever. Conductor is Bengt Ollén.
    Fredrik Sixtens music to the Christmas story is inspired by Swedish folk tunes. The Evangelist part, sung by the soprano soloist, has a clearly folk music touch; some old Swedish folk hymns are also interwoven.
    The hymns, sung by the two choirs, are written by the famous Swedish poet Ylva Eggehorn. Fredrik Sixten says about these lyrics: “Our intent was to show that there is darkness, poverty, alienation and death in store for the innocent child, the Son of God, lying there in a manger, who will later be crucified. Yet the oratorio is also full of joy and praise.”
    “A Swedish Christmas oratorio” premiered in December, 2009, at the Gothenburg Cathedral.
    Fredrik Sixten is a Swedish composer, cathedral organist and conductor. Born in 1962, he earned his BA at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. Today, he is a prominent composer of church music. One of the most performed and published composers of his generation; his music is now being embraced beyond Sweden’s borders. Among his earlier recordings are En svensk Markuspassion (A Swedish St. Mark Passion) and Jubilate.

    We shall see Him as He is

    Works for voices and orchestra.

    Patricia Rozario, soprano
    John Mark Ainsley, tenor
    BBC National Chorus of Wales
    Britten Singers
    Chester Festival Chorus
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    City of London Sinfonia
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Richard Hickox

    We Shall See Him as He Is
    Eis Thanaton

    Berliner Messe. Magnificat. Summa

    Berliner Messe. Magnificat. Summa

    De verk som finns representerade här är typiska Arvo Pärts-verk som är mycket meditativ och med körklanger som passar i det aukustiskt rika kyrkorummet. Det viktigaste verket på skivan är ”Berliner Messe” som skrevs 1990-1991 med anledning av the Ninetieth Deutsche Katholikentag i Berlin. Detta verk finns i flera olika versioner och här kan vi höra en version för kör och stråkar.

    Cantate Domine Canticum Novum
    Berliner Messe
    De Profundis
    The Beatitudes

    Plays on all DVD-Audio and DVD-Video machines

    En del av det hela

    Antal ex i lager: 23
    Copies in stock: 23

    En meditativ cd där William Byrds Mass for four voices binder samman ett program av nutida musik. Som ansvarig för produktionen står Gunno Palmquist.

    Arvo Pärt: Cantate Domino
    William Byrd: Kyrie
    William Byrd: Gloria
    Gunnar de Frumerie: Herren är min herde
    Thomas Tomkins: I heard a voice from heaven
    Arvo Pärt: I am the true vine
    Aulis Sallinen: En del av det hela
    Eskil Hemberg: Du som är över oss
    William Byrd: Sanctus
    William Byrd: Benedictus
    Maurice Duruflé: Notre Père
    Kent Olofsson: Ad cor
    William Byrd: Agnus Dei
    Urmas Sisask: Benedicamus
    Urmas Sisask: Alleluia

    ”Vox sjunger med stort självförtroende, vilket givetvis återverkar på tolkningarna, på klang och attack. För VOX förnämliga konstnärliga utveckling sen starten finns också Gunno Palmquist med ansvar för instuderingarna, och nog har väl den konstnärliga coachen Barbara Bonney haft sin betydelse liksom samarbetet med framstående barockmusiker i Europa, och inte minst med kördirigenten Fredrik Malmberg.” P-G Bergfors, GP

    ”Gunno kan vara mycket nöjd med resultatet; synnerligen välklingande och rogivande toner böljar ur högtalarna och manar själen till vila och kontemplation.” Charlotta Holmgren, Kyrkomusikerna Tidning

    A Spotless Rose. Nordic Christmas

    Sofia Vokalensemble följer upp sin – inte minst i England – kritikerrosade CD The Darkness is no Darkness med denna julskiva. Repertoaren är en blandning av klassiska och nya julsånger av skandinaviskt ursprung.
    I ett par sånger medverkar sopranen Jeanette Köhn.


    Kyrkans Tidning har lyssnat på ett dussintal nya julskivor. Bäst i test blev Sofia Vokalensembles A Spotless Rose, med betyget 4,7 av 5 möjliga. Testpanelen, ledd av Kaj Engelhardt, skriver:

    ”Som titeln – klanderfri. Kristallklart, rent och stämningsfullt. Ger den rätta sakrala känslan när man tofflar runt med julmorgonbestyren. Man känner sig behagligt omhändertagen, som en len nybakad lussebulle.”

    Svenska Dagbladets Lars Hedblad ger A Spotless Rose högsta betyg, 6 av 6 möjliga! ”Med levande, varm klang sjunger prisade Sofia Vokalensemble under Bengt Ollén nordiska advents- och julsånger. Här finns känsla som griper …”

    Finländska Hufvudstadsbladets musikredaktör Wilhelm Kvist utser A Spotless Rose till en av årets tre bästa skivor: ”Till och med julskivor kan göras högklassigt. Stockholmska Sofia Vokalensemble sjunger nyskriven julmusik klockrent med härlig tonbildning och starka tenorer. För julbordet och fina fisken.”

    The follow up to the much praised CD The Darkness is no Darkness is a Christmas CD. The music is a mixture of classical and modern Scandinavian songs.
    The soprano Jeanette Köhn is soloist in two of the songs.
    ”Best in test.” (Kyrkans Tidning)
    6/6 (Svenska Dagbladet)

    Hugo Alfvén: Julsång
    Anders Bond: Bereden väg för Herran
    Ola Gjeilo: O magnum mysterium, Det hev ei rose sprunge
    Gunnar Hahn: Nu väntar hela jorden
    Trond Kverno: Corpus Christi Carol
    Ingvar Lidholm: Madonnans vaggvisa
    Gustaf Nordqvist: Jul, jul, strålande jul
    Otto Olsson: Guds son är född, Davids 121 psalm, Advent
    Jan Sandström: O magnum mysterium
    Fredrik Sixten: Marias vaggvisa, There Is No Rose of Such Vertu
    Ivar Widéen: Gläns över sjö och strand


    Soloists: Sondre Bratland, Kirsten Bråten Berg, Liv Ulvik, Helga Gunnes and Bjørn Sigurd Glorvigen

    For 25 years the Oslo Chamber Choir has delved into the soloist tradition of Norwegian folk song, thus creating a very specific expression as a choir. When classical music by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Bruckner are combined with religious folk tunes the result is a novel contemporary expression, where two very different melodies, singing techniques and texts are juxtaposed. The STRUGGLE that arises reveal new dimensions of music.

    Gud unde os her at leve saa
    Jesus, din søte forening å smake / Blagoslovi (Rachmaninov)
    Den ville sauen
    Herr Ole / Blegnet, Segnet (Grieg)
    Myllargutens bruremarsj
    Dei spyrje barr� / Den lisle jenta
    Å, for djup i Jesu kjærleik / Locus iste (Bruckner)
    Når mitt øie, trett av møie
    Kom mæ håndi / No hev han gjeve
    Halleluja, vår strid er endt
    Mitt hjerte alltid vanker / Kjerubhymnen (Tjajkovskij)
    Se, solens skjønne lys og prakt


    Grechaninov was initially taught by Anton Arensky in Moscow, and then later, in 1890, he went to St Petersburg to study with Rimsky-Korsakov. It was he who influenced his style and helped him launch his professional career. After the Revolution, Grechaninov became increasingly uneasy in Soviet Russia, and in 1925 left for ever. In 1946 he took American citizenship.

    An unusually versatile and prolific composer, he wrote operas, symphonies, chamber music, over 250 songs, and a great deal of music for children. He has been described as the most representative composer of his generation writing for the Orthodox service.

    Vespers is part of the All-Night Vigil service, and Grechaninovs setting was composed, premiered, and published in 1912. This precedes Rachmaninovs setting by three years. It appears to have lain dormant for some eighty years until it was revived in America for its first performance of modern times in 1995.

    Now the Powers of Heaven, Op. 58 No. 6
    In Thy Kingdom, Op. 58 No. 3
    Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant, Op. 34 No. 1
    All-Night Vigil, Op. 59