The Darkness is no Darkness

Sofia Vokalensemble   Bengt Ollén        

Footprint Records

Artikelnr: FRCD047

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149.00 SEK


CD:ns undertitel är ”British and American choral music”. Huvudparten av kompositörerna hör till de senare årens mest uppmärksammade körtonsättare: Lauridsen, Gjeilo och Whitacre från USA, MacMIllan, Dove och Bingham från England. Howells Requiem skrevs redan på 30-talet men har först i våra dagar blivit mer allmänt bekant.

Sofia Vokalensemble är en ungdomlig blandad kör från Stockholm, knuten till Sofia församling. Kören leds av Bengt Ollén.

Medverkande solister på denna CD är Hannah Holgersson sopran, Ivonne Fuchs alt, Andreas Olsson baryton, Michael Axelsson tenor.

Eric Whitacre: Water night
James MacMillan: Videns Dominum
James MacMillan: Factus est repente
James MacMillan: Mitte manum tuam
James MacMillan: Data est mihi
Jonathan Dove: Into thy hands
Ola Gjeilo: Prelude
Judith Bingham: The Darkness is no darkness
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
Herbert Howells: Requiem
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

Fint beröm i fina engelska magasin:
”What is done on this album is done with love and care. Conductor Bengt Ollén suggests as much in the liner notes, although the point is audibly made in the Stockholm-based Sofia Vocal Ensemble´s exquisite opening performance of ´Water Night´ by Eric Whitacre. The chamber choir´s tonal warmth and creamy blend draw from its weighty alto and tenor sections, producing a sumptuous yet focused sound. Ollén has created a wonderfully imaginative programme to show his young singers at their polished best, potent in MacMillan´s motets and heart-melting in Judith Bingham´s ´The darkness is no darkness´.” (5 av 5 stjärnor i Classic FM)

”There’s a rather neat moment of thematic continuity on this disc … one could be excused for thinking that this disc attempts a broad, if selective, sweep of the English choral tradition. Surprising then that the choir in question is Swedish group Sofia Vokalensemble. Yet they embrace this tradition as if they had grown up breathing the air of Westminster Abbey.” (Pwyll ap Siôn, Grammophone Magazine)